Winterize your Jeep!


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.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

4 comments

  1. I always let my Jeep warm up before driving. It’s actually easier on the engine, since it doesn’t have to work so hard. I like a little heat too and you don’t get that without the engine warming up.

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  2. I know my motor doesn’t turn over readilly in the winter and my Jeep is no different. I give it plenty of time to warm up before I expect too much from it.

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  3. That is some powerful advice. People don’t take the weather seriously and it can have profound effects on them as well as the vehicle. Hind sight is always 20/20, but by then the damage has been done and you’ll need to pay the piper to get it fixed. Pay attention!

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  4. The salt on city streets is a real killer. I think they over salt to start with. I know, it has it’s purposes. I just wish they would come up with something that isn’t so hard on vehicles.

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