Jeep Maintenance For Fall

August 6th, 2018 by

The Jeep wasn’t developed for the faint of heart.  A special vehicle for special individuals requires a bit of special love.  But as a Jeep owner, you don’t mind, right? If you’re new to the Jeep Life, our maintenance team here at Bayway Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM would like to give you to lowdown on the service you need to give your new Jeep (or old one) to keep it mowing through mud and seeking adventure for years to come.

The Jeep: A special vehicle needs special attention.

The Jeep: A special vehicle needs special attention.

General Maintenance:

  • Check your headlights, taillights and tire pressure monthly.
  • Change your Jeep’s oil and filter every 4,000 miles or so, and while you’re in there, see about lubricating the chassis.
  • At each oil change, inspect belts and hoses underneath the hood.
  • Rotate the tires and balance the wheels every 6,000-8,000 miles.
  • Replace the air filter and check your wheel alignment every 20,000 miles.
  • Do a professional cooling system flush and refill every 50,000 miles or so.
  • Make sure to check your drive belt, hose, and engine timing belt every 20,000 miles, give or take, with replacement every 50,000 to 80,000 miles.

Now those are all great maintenance tips for any vehicle, but if you have a Jeep (because you’re a rockstar, and you know you are), you might want to add a few more checkboxes, especially if you are off-roading often and experience a bit more wear and tear.

  • Make sure you check your tire pressure before and after any off-road activities. Better safe than sorry.
  • Any time you cross water that is deep enough to rise over the hubs of your wheels, you’ll want to replace the fluids in your differentials as a precaution.
  • Be sure to check your wheel weights after any off-road driving.
  • If you have a Jeep with drum brakes, heads up: make sure they have been cleaned out THOROUGHLY after any off-roading – mud can work its way into the brakes and reduce your stopping power.
  • Dusty trails?  Check that air filter more often than not. The more dust and dirt the filter has to keep out, the shorter its lifespan will be. Heavy off-roading can lower the replacement period down to every 12,000 miles from the usual 20,000 or so.
  • Off-roading can mess up your alignment in a jif, so if you off-road often, have your wheels aligned every 3 months.

Of course, any and all of these maintenance and service options are doable right here in Pasadena at Bayway Jeep.  We aim to raise your expectations, and if you drive a Jeep, we know you have high ones. For more Jeep content, check out our comparison of the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee. You can also contact us for help in and around the Pasadena area, and if you will be in town, check out our handy list of the best restaurants our city has to offer!

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