March is a marvelous month! The days will steadily grow longer, the weekends getting warmer, college basketball playing every week and all your buddies will be getting ready for another great season of Jeeping.
When everyone heads out to the trails will you be ready? Axleboy offers these 7 pre-ride suggestions to help you prepare for the trails:
1. Check for leaks:
Here are two really good reasons not to ride the trails when you are aware that your vehicle has a leak. First, driving with leaking fluid may lead to damage or failure of the steering, brakes or even the motor. Second, at the risk of sounding green, we really do want to keep the environment as clean as possible.
If you are experiencing leakage, stop by Axleboy and let our experts take care of the problem.
2. Change and/or top-off fluids:
Proper lubrication is the life-blood of your vehicle, so keep your engine and transmission oil fresh. Other fluids to check include coolant/antifreeze and windshield wash solution.
Any time you come in for routine maintenance at Axleboy we check all fluids and top them off to keep your vehicle running strong.
3. Check the treads: PSI and Wear
When vehicles sit for any period of time longer than one week, the tires have a tendency to lose some air pressure. According to most owners’ manuals, proper vehicle maintenance includes checking tire pressure at least once a month. There’s nothing worse than having a blow-out on the trail.
At Axleboy, we routinely check tire pressure and tread depth with every service to optimize your MPG and overall driving experience.
4. Check and clean your windows
You might be thinking, “Really? Clean my windows?” We know how the trail goes, and that those windows won’t stay clean for long, but consider how dirty those windows are going to be if they don’t get a clean start.
5. Check your spare
Have you ever had a blow-out? On paved roads, you might be able to get by on a donut tire, but in the wilderness it’s all about having a full-size spare.
In the event of a tire failure, having a properly inflated, full-size spare tire can be a real “life-saver” and keep you happily rolling on the trail.
6. Know your destination
It’s always fun to load up the Jeep and do some off-roading with your friends! On the other hand, it’s not nearly as much fun when you think you will be meeting your friends at a location and they are nowhere to be found.
If you are thinking about hitting up a new location (or even an old one) its best to travel as a group, so that no one gets left behind. We suggest connecting with one of the many local Jeep clubs (Mid West Jeep Thing or Jeeping Mid Rivers).
7. Know the trail & your capabilities
Let’s be honest, not all Jeeps are built the same and not all drivers have the same skills. That’s why it is important to be aware of both the trail conditions and your own vehicles limitations.
Every year we have vehicles that come in that need a complete overhaul because the limits were pushed a little too far. At Axleboy, we don’t mind the extra work, but as members of the Jeep community, we want to make sure our fellow Jeepers get to enjoy as much of the ride as possible.
Be safe, be responsible and we’ll look forward to seeing you on and off the road this season!
To schedule an appointment for repair or customization give us a call at (636) 939-JEEP.