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Jeep Maintenance Tips Every Owner Should Know


The Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are legendary off-roading vehicles. Strong engines, drivetrains, and comfortable interiors make them especially fun for road trips and off-roading adventures. Newer Jeep models, like the Gladiator pickup, increase the potential uses for Jeep models.

Whether driving a new or used Jeep or another vehicle, most car owners are keeping their vehicles up to 60 percent longer, according to TopLiftPros. Longer ownership times mean more maintenance and possible repairs on personal vehicles, including a Jeep. The following maintenance tips help Jeep owners to keep their vehicles in top running condition for as long as possible.

Oil, Fluids and Filters

All engines last longer and run better when maintained properly, including regular oil and oil filter changes about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Clean oil and a new oil filter help to ensure the engine has the correct oil and viscosity to lubricate internal parts. That helps to prevent excessive heat and internal damage to engine parts while enabling the motor to last longer. While under the hood, a check and change of the air filter as needed will help to deliver good, clean air to the combustion chamber.

Wheel and Tire Balance and Rotation

Wheels and tires should undergo a high-speed balance and rotation service about every 5,000 miles. When the wheels and tires are balanced, the vehicle gives motorists the smoothest possible ride. The tire rotation helps to even out the wear and tear on the tires so that they can last their intended lifetime. The service also ensures the tires are in good condition for more travel and have not suffered damage or have too little tread life remaining.

Battery and Charging System

A Jeep goes nowhere if the battery is dead or the alternator does not work. Most auto batteries last about three or four years before they stop taking a full charge. A simple test can tell whether or not a battery will continue taking a full charge into the foreseeable future and whether or not the alternator is charging the battery.

While checking the battery and alternator, it also helps to check the belts and hoses under the hood. If any are showing signs of dry rot or cracking, new ones will ensure engine systems keep working as designed. A flush and fill of cooling system, topping off the wiper fluid, and replacing wiper blades also help. Feel free to schedule your Jeep maintenance today.