Before you hit the trails…

If you are a newbie to Jeep off-roading there are a few things you will want to check before hitting a trail in your Jeep. Jeeps are rugged built, but even the most rugged built Jeep can be taken off the road completely if you do not take some precautions.

Before setting of on your adventure make sure you check your basics. The basics consist of all of the fluids, making sure there is no leaks and everything is topped off full. Bring along extras just in case. Remember, when you are off-roading your Jeep will be working far harder for you then when just going on a casual Sunday drive. While you are at it, check the air filter and the air filter box to make sure they are clear of any debris that may obstruct your airflow.

Check your electrical equipment and make any necessary repairs. Check the air pressure and the tread of your tires. Is your tread appropriate for the terrain you intend on driving on? Bring along a portable air compressor. There are occasions where you may find you either have to deflate your tires for some terrains and later have to inflate them in order to get home.

Make sure you check your ball joints, shocks, belts, hoses, and gas supply. Carry along a jack and make sure your spare tire is in good repair. If any functioning of your Jeep is off, your off-roading experience can end in disaster so make any and all repairs no matter how small before hitting the trails. Visit XtremeTerrain for all your Jeep parts and accessories need and as always. Have a great and safe time off-roading!

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."


  1. I did a check under the hood, checked tire tread and pressure, looked at belts and hoses, just everything I could think of. I left home early even though my destination was less than an hour away. Good thing I did. I’m going to tell you that my theme song is, If I Only Had a Brain. For those of you who don’t know that’s the song sung by the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. When I was at the gas station, I checked the tire pressure and added air to two of the tires, grabbed ice and a couple of bottles of wanter and forgot to get gas. I had to call a buddy of mine to bring some gas. I don’t think he’ll let me forget it either. Now, fill up the tank is at the top of my list!


  2. I’m new to this sport and I appreciate the check list you provided. I never would have thought to check belts and hoses. Keep up the good work.


  3. Hey Cullen, I hear your pain man, I did the same thing not long ago. I didn’t call my buddies cause I didn’t want them to rag on me and I know them, they would have. I got out the old gas can and hiked almost 3 miles for enough gas to get to the station. You have to pick your cries for help to your friends. No pun intended, but I hate to give them fuel for the fire!


  4. I do my once over faithfully, every time, before I go off road. It’s pretty isolated where I go and my cell doesn’t get reception. If I got stuck, I’d be there at least until it was time for me to be home. My parents know if I’m not there at the time I tell them and I haven’t called, they better come looking for me. Safety is my first consideration.


  5. My younger brother and I both have Jeeps as does my Dad. When I come in from Jeeping, I stop at the car wash and proceed to the garage. I do my once over right then, before I go in the house to clean up myself. My lazy brother waits until he gets ready to go out before he cleans up and checks it out. I’m always hours ahead of him in the fun dept. You would think he’d get a clue.


  6. Now you tell me. I forgot to get the spare fixed and aired up before I left last week. Sure enough, I needed it, and didn’t realize until I pulled it out that I had neglected to get it fixed. I lost almost a half of a day finding a ride into town with 2 flats, waiting around to get them fixed so I could get back to the rally. I learned a valuable lesson. Don’t leave home without checking it all.


  7. Sounds like the same check I do on all of my vehicles before I hit the road, or leave it as the case may be. You might think some of these things are over kill, but if you needed it, you’d be quick to appreciate it. When you get off of the beaten path, you are the gas station!


  8. I learned the hard way that you need to have a checklist before you leave for a day of off road fun. I’ve become a checklist king so I’m always prepared. I have one for the Jeep itself, I have one for the things I need to pack and I have one to cover the end of the trip. Some may think that’s a bit of an overkill, but I know it’s what I need to do to avoid surprises.


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