As ever off-roader knows, there are certain steps that every driver should take to insure that their vehicle is safe prior to leaving and hitting the trails. The steps that should be done after you’ve been off-roading are often overlooked, but if you make them part of your post off-roading routine, you will be prolonging the life of your vehicle.
Check Your Tires – It’s just as important to check the quality and air pressure of your tires after off-roading as it is to check before you head out. After all, you still need to make it home safe. Drivers should check the pressure in each tire and add air if needed. If you try and drive home on tires that are low you may experience problems handling the vehicle as well as cause damage to the tires and rims.
Clean Your Vehicle – Washing your vehicle after you have arrived home, will not only make it look nice but will also remove and debris that may have become lodged on your vehicle. A clean vehicle also makes it much easier for owners to notice any fluid leaks and damage that may need to be repaired before your next outing.
Check Your Fluid Levels – Maintaining the proper fluid levels in your vehicle is extremely important. While off-roading you may have unknowing damaged a hose or a fluid reservoir. Once you are done driving for the day and you vehicle has had a chance to properly cool, all fluid levels should be checked.
Clean Your Engine – Off-roading allows for dirt and dust to find themselves in locations where it typically wouldn’t be found. Find a location that offers you the ability to properly clean the inside of your engine. A clean engine will also make it easier for drivers to notice any leaks that may have suddenly developed.
Check Your Brakes – If your vehicle has drum brakes you should remove the drums and clean any mud or dirt that may have become trapped inside. If you leave the unwanted material inside the drum your brakes will wear down and you will need to replace them more frequently.
These are only a few tips to prolong the life of your vehicle, but if follow them you should be able to enjoy your off-roading vehicle for years to come.