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Optimize Jeep Performance with Proper 4X4 Maintenance

Your Jeep is built to last and handle some of the toughest trails you can throw at it. Unfortunately, we at Dixie 4 Wheel Drive have seen lots of Jeep owners ignoring their rig’s maintenance then paying a hefty price once they breakdown.

True, keeping up with your Jeep’s maintenance can be a pain sometimes, but it’s one of those things that has to be done –especially if you want your 4 wheeler to run better and serve you for a long time. Besides, neglecting your vehicle’s maintenance can lead to a host of problems that can compromise the safety of your passengers and others around you.

When it comes to 4X4 maintenance, pay special attention to your vehicle’s:

  1. Fluids: Vehicles Lifeblood

Jeeps are thirsty road beasts and require a number of fluids to keep their systems running smoothly. These include brake fluid, power steering fluids, coolant, transmission fluid, oil and differential fluid. Failure to keep these fluids topped off and fresh can cause your rig to run dry, sputtering to a grinding halt right in the middle of the highway or leaving you stuck in the middle of nowhere. If you’re a frequent off-roader, keep tabs on your fluid levels and change them more frequently to save you from future problems.

  1. Tires For The Rough Terrain

Your tires take more of a beating than any other part of your Jeep. In addition to carrying your vehicle’s weight (this can really add up especially if you have a custom Jeep with added upgrades and modifications) your tires also have to deal with constant friction both on and off-road.

That’s why it’s vital to keep an eye on your tires’ wear and tear to avoid getting a blowout or flat. Your tires should also be rotated (check recommendations in your Jeep owner’s manual) to ensure that they wear out evenly, keeping traction consistent. Also, don’t forget to keep them well inflated and always air up after airing down on the trail.

  1. Brakes For Rugged Hills

It’s crucial to ensure that your brakes are well maintained so that you can stop whenever you want to. This means inspecting your brake shoes, pads and hoses as well as the brake fluid. It’s recommended that you check your brake pads and hoses every time you go for an oil change. Additionally, replace your brake pads once they wear down to below the manufacturer’s recommended minimum thickness.

As one of the premier 4x4 shops in Moab and St. George Utah, we do more than deliver new build. Our 4x4 experts are on hand to take care of all your Jeep’s maintenance needs from taking a look at your suspension to topping off fluid, rotating tires and so much more. Bring your Jeep to any of our shops and we’ll give it a thorough once-over to make sure it keeps running smoothly.

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