While you might be surprised to see a task as basic as an oil change included in this list, you’d be equally (if not more) surprised to learn just how inattentive people are to this vital task and its importance. So, for the benefit of the uninformed, your Jeep’s engine (as with any) consists of a large number of moving metal components, working in unison or sequence. As with any metal machinery, these components require lubrication in order to minimize friction, control running temperature, and combat contaminants.
That said, every vehicle has different mileage and duration requirements for oil changes. Whether you’re the proud owner of a Wrangler, Grand Cherokee or Renegade it’s important to understand your vehicle’s needs (which can be found in the owner’s manual if you’re unsure). Regardless, it’s important to reiterate a very important rule of Jeep ownership which will apply to all elements of care and maintenance: the harder you drive it, the more diligent you’ll need to be.
Coolant Maintenance (Flush / Change)
Above, we mentioned running temperature in an attempt to introduce the importance of your vehicle running as cool as possible at all times. Why? Because overheating can destroy any engine, causing engine heads to warp, head gaskets to blow and the burst of radiator hoses. And while these functions are far more important than luxury features like A/C, it’s important to understand that maintenance of both running and cabin temperature rely upon proper coolant maintenance, including flushing and replacement. This is especially crucial for avid off-roaders, who insist on pushing the limits of their vehicle (often in unforgivingly hot environments). So, remember, if this task feels above your skill or comfort level, we’re here for you — don’t take any chances, just come to Faricy.
Transmission & Transfer Case
Although less demanding (in terms of frequency) than oil, transmission fluids must be changed regularly, whether you drive a manual or automatic transmission. That said, it’s important to understand the unique demands of servicing each kind of transmission, In addition, use of the type of fluid specified by the automaker can be crucial to the longevity of the transmission. This is where a trusted partner like Faricy can prove most valuable. Our specialty is ensuring that you get all the enjoyment out of your Jeep ownership without any of the hassle.
Another area of service which requires equal discretion is that of the transfer case. As with the transmission, there is a wide array of fluids available - not just in terms of brand - but in terms of viscosity and overall suitability. There are also differences in terms of older transfer cases, compared to their updated counterparts. This is where knowledge and experience can be helpful.
Gears & Axles
Off-roaders know better than most the strain that they place upon their Jeep’s axles. As such it’s crucial that they remain properly lubricated, and that the proper fluids are used based on the individual requirement of the model, year (and taking into consideration any aftermarket modifications made).
Another maintenance task that becomes emphasized when the vehicle is used for off-roading pertains to the wide range of filters found in your Jeep. From fuel to air to cabin, filters play a crucial role in preventing contaminants from damaging your vehicle, reducing its efficiency or making the cabin experience less safe and/or enjoyable. And while the air filter can be easily accessed and replaced, even by the most inexperienced of owners, others might prove more challenging. Either way, it’s imperative that none go ignored, or forgotten.
Arguably the most important distinction between traditional vehicles and upsized ones (especially ones used for off-roading) comes in the importance of tire maintenance. Tire grab is crucial, and the expectation of heavy-wear on a four-wheel drive vehicle emphasizes the need for even wear. And remember: if you carry a full-size spare, be sure to integrate that tire into the rotation cycle!
And whether you’re a rock crawler, or simply trying to keep your family safe, let us never underestimate the importance of brake maintenance. I’d offer further elaboration, but isn’t it enough to be able to stop a vehicle when we want (or dare we say, need) to?