How To Maintain Your Jeep Grand Cherokee
The average lifespan of a vehicle is about eight years or 150,000 miles. Older vehicles and ones that are well-built can last 15 years or longer – more than 300,000 miles. It depends on how regularly the owner does maintenance on their vehicle.
Every car or truck should have a maintenance schedule. There’s basic care and make-specific care. Jeeps such as the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler need standard check-ups as well as check-ups for off-road purposes.
After all, Jeeps are one of the most capable off-road vehicles. The 2018 Grand Cherokee can get you through up to 20 inches of water.
Continue reading learn how to maintain your Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Jeep Maintenance Plan
To get the most out of your Jeep, you’ll need a maintenance plan. This schedule goes by how many miles your car has racked up. The intervals are 8,000, 16,000, 32,000, 64,000, and 96,000 miles.
This schedule includes a monthly check for tire pressure, front lights, and rear lights.
The first interval in the jeep care plan comes at around six months. Replace the oil filter and oil. You should change your oil and the oil filter every 8,000 miles after this.
Consider lubricating the chassis. Check the hoses and belts under the hood.
Inspect your tires and rotate them if you see any irregular wear. For example, the front tires may have more wear than the back tires. Changing their positions will wear them more evenly so they last longer.
You should repeat this rotation every 16,000 miles. However, it doesn’t hurt to check them whenever you get the oil and filter replaced.
While you’re at it, check the exhaust system and CV joints. It’s good to inspect them even though they probably won’t need maintenance yet.
If you haven’t had your exhaust system looked at, do it no later than this interval. Replace your air conditioning filter and look at the alignment of your wheels.
Check the engine timing belt, drive belt, and drive hose.
By now, you should have had your Jeep for about two years. Adjust the car’s four-wheel disc brakes (if you have them) so the brakes are working at their best. Also, inspect the suspension and brake linings.
Change the air conditioning filter and engine air cleaner filter. Get new spark plugs.
Follow the same procedure as the last interval. In addition to this, you should replace the automatic transmission fluid, rear-drive assembly fluid, and power transfer unit. Flush your cooling system and refill it with new coolant.
Check your engine timing belt, drive belt, and drive hose. If you don’t need to get new ones, you should at the next interval or even beforehand.
Time flies – it’s been around six years since you’ve had your Jeep! Your car should still be in great shape if you’ve followed the maintenance plan to this point.
Get new brake linings and manual transmission fluid. Replace the drive belt, drive hose, and engine timing belt unless you did at the 64,000-mile interval.
Most of these checkups pertain to people who live in areas that get very cold weather.
Everyone should get new windshield wipers once a year. Consider buying winter wiper blades during cold weather. Keep the wipers away from the windshield so ice doesn’t build up.
You may want to use snow tires when winter comes by. Regular tires will harden when it’s really cold. This makes handling more difficult, decreases traction, and it takes longer to fully brake.
Snow tires stay soft and keep their traction when the weather is numbing.
Prevent your engine or radiator from freezing by checking the coolant levels. Coolant is usually half antifreeze and half water.
Extreme cold weather affects your car battery’s performance. Once it hits temperatures freezing and below, a car battery will lose 35% to 60% or more of its power. The car engine has to use more electric current to start.
For Off-Road Driving
Both Grand Cherokees and Wranglers are great for off-roading. There are steps you should follow after taking your car off-road to find and prevent any issues.
You need to thoroughly hose your car down before you can do anything. Make sure you get the engine compartment, too. Check the engine itself as well as for any loose parts like belts or hoses.
If you were driving in water, some could have gotten in the car’s fluids. Look at the antifreeze, transmission, power steering, and oil. Inspect the air filter and radiator.
Your tires could be damaged from rough terrain – look for cuts and loose or missing lug nuts. Make sure the tires themselves aren’t loose.
Measure the air pressure that day and the next. It will decrease as the air cools down. Check for leaks or dents in your shocks.
Check the axles for bending or cracks and the suspension for loose, cracked, and worn components. Clean your brakes and look at your brake lines.
Look for bearings, joints, and other parts that could use grease. A grease fitting or zerk fitting indicates that a part takes grease.
Maintain Your Jeep Grand Cherokee
You’re guaranteed to spend more than a decade with your Jeep Grand Cherokee when you follow a maintenance plan. Any car or truck will last for years longer when they’re regularly maintained.
Caring for your Jeep is especially important if you go off-roading. You can damage parts of your car and not even know it. Always clean and carefully look at your car’s components when you come back from driving through water or on rough terrain.
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