Old Man Winter is just around the corner for a lot of us. Wintertime can be hard on a vehicle. The cold temperatures, the salt on the streets damaging our under bellies, snow and ice -- okay this part maybe not so much for Jeep Wranglers. But... It is important to take extra care of your Jeep during these winter months, so you can continue to enjoy many years of fun with your Jeep, no matter what the weather.
Here are some tips I have gathered from my own experience and from other Jeepers, that I would like to pass on to you. First, I will start with a Mythbuster. Auto experts today say you should warm up your vehicle for no more than 30 seconds before you start driving in the winter. It doesn't help your vehicle to warm it up any longer than that.
Washington Post Article - Winter Myth
If you have a hard top, it is time to start thinking about putting it back on. I don't have a hard top so I make sure my soft top is cleaned with special soft top cleaners and I use a soft top protectant. Now for those of you in the deep South and Southwest, it may be time for you to take off the hard top to enjoy those cooler winter temperatures.
Keep a Full Tank of Gas -- this helps prevent condensation from forming on the walls of the tank and dripping down into your gas.
Carry an Emergency Kit -- include a shovel, ice scraper, blankets, jumper cables, flashlights, extra clothes, recovery gear, and food & water.
Wintertime also requires extra preventive care and maintenance like checking your brakes. On older models you should flush your coolant. Don't forget a useful set of new windshield wiper blades can be helpful during ice, sleet or snowstorms. There are special winter wiper blades that offer shielding from snow, sleet and ice build up.
Do not use an ice scraper on your mirrors as it could scratch them. Add some de-icer to your windshield washer fluid. And check your heat and defrosters to make sure they are operating properly.
WRANGLER Owners: Lube the door hinges and put the torx bolt back on.
Wash and wax your Jeep to help protect the paint from the salty roads.
Also if you off-road and have scraped your under carriage I suggest spending some time on those scratches to prevent rust from forming.
Jeep Momma Undercarriage Rust Prevention Tips
Do you have any advice for Jeep owners looking to winterize their vehicles? Share them here!
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