Thursday, June 15, 2023

Top 5 Jeep Maintenance Tips

Change your oil at least every 5,000 miles (3,000 if not using synthetic oil).  Do not over-tighten the oil filter cap when changing your oil on a 3.6L engine. It can crack the oil cooler housing, which typically costs about $900 to repair. 

This happened to me and I had to replace mine. The spec is 25 Newton meters of maximum torque or about 18 foot pounds.

Change your transmission fluid, transfer case fluid, and differential fluid every 30,000 miles.  

Rotate your tires at least every 5,000 miles, to provide even wear and to get the most life out of them.  Check them for odd wear patterns, which may indicate an alignment problem or a problem with steering components wearing out.  

While your tires are off for rotation, check your brake shoe thickness.

Check your coolant level in the overflow bottle and a COLD radiator.  Do not remove the radiator cap when it's hot, as boiling coolant could come spraying out.  If you need to add coolant, DO NOT add a non-green coolant if your coolant is green, and DO NOT add green coolant to a non-green coolant system.  Mixing green and non-green will cause them to form a gel in the coolant system over the course of a couple of days which can damage your water pump, and would be an expensive and awful mess to clean up.

These tips will help keep your Jeep lasting longer which means more time enjoying your topless days and adventures on the trails. 


Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Treasures in the Rockies

Nestled between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the San Juan Mountains is treasure chest of vintage Jeeps. A few weeks ago, I took the trek south to see the vintage Jeeps from a time gone by. 

Terry Gillette, the owner of the Jeep Museum, The Jeep Rescue League, took me on a tour of his Jeep and military artifact collection. Check out my YouTube videos below for a look at this cool gem in the middle of the Colorado Rockies. 

Vintage Military Jeeps - I found a Gem in the Rocky Mountains

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