Wintertime is hard on a vehicle. Cold temperatures can make it harder for an engine to turnover, start and work properly. Snow and ice can make it difficult for travel due to lack of traction if you are not running with proper tires. Salt on the streets cause rust and potholes can damage tires. It is important to take extra care of your Jeep during the winter months so it can continue to give you years of enjoyment, no matter the weather!
If you don’t already have winter tires, now is the time to get them! Even if you have winter tires, make sure you keep an eye on the tire pressure. Properly inflated tires will give you better traction. Have your four wheel drive given a once over making sure the system engages and disengages smoothly and that there are no strange noises. Check the transmission fluid and gear oil levels. Change your engine oil and adjust the viscosity grade accordingly. Inspect all belts and hoses, the battery, wipers and washer fluid, and your anti freeze mixture. Even after having your Jeep winterized, it is still wise to carry an emergency kit in your Jeep, regardless if you are hitting the trails or the streets. And as always, drive safely and be observant at all times. Just because you may have your Jeep under control doesn’t mean the driver in the next vehicle has theirs under control.