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How to get your Jeep Wrangler ready for winter

How to get your Jeep Wrangler ready for winter

Winter is a tough season, and the weather can be very harsh and temperamental, especially in Canada. From snow storms to cold icy rain and that mind-numbing howling wind, it can be a lot to handle, not just for you but also for your Jeep Wrangler. 

 

Jeep Wranglers are adventure vehicles best enjoyed in the spring and summer months, where you can enjoy the whole open-air experience. Unless you have a car for every season, you still need to get around in your Wrangler in the winter. Below are a few tips to get your Wrangler ready for winter and ensure it performs smoothly through the season.

 

Change Your Tires

Change Your Tires

 

It’d be the right time to change your summer tires for winter tires. Your Wrangler will drive well with standard winter tires. Ensure they are inflated correctly, and double-check that there is enough tread. A poorly treaded tire can be dangerous in icy conditions.

 

Check the Fluid Levels

Check the Fluid Levels

 

Consider changing the engine oil if you will be spending long periods in cold temperatures, and there are winter-specific oils that boost engine operation in sub-zero temperatures. Don't forget the antifreeze in your tank; if your Wrangler runs on diesel, you can pour some additives in it to prevent freezing. Wiper fluids and brake fluids should also be on your fluid level checklist.

 

The Battery

The Battery

 

Winter can cause your Wrangler’s battery to be sluggish, and if you already have problems with it or it’s old, then it’s best to have it replaced before the winter months. The best way is to take it to a Jeep service centre and have them test its load. Most centres will do this check for free. 

 

Protect the Interiors

Protect the Interiors

 

Mud, slush and snow are no fun, especially not on the floor of your Jeep, so before you or your passengers drag any of it in, invest in a good set of rubber mats for your floors. 

 

Keep it Covered 

Keep it Covered

 

The best coverage is in a garage or covered enclosure, but if that's not possible, then at least cover your Jeep with a car cover. The snow buildup on the exterior of your Wrangler can solidify overnight, and, as the ice chips melt, they can severely damage your car’s paint job. 

 

Take Care of Your Soft Top

 

Don’t try to install or remove your soft tops in sub-zero temperatures, as this could damage your window panels. 

 

In Conclusion

In Conclusion

 

Jeeps are all-around vehicles, meaning the adventure doesn’t have to stop just because it’s wintertime. Provided you take precautions for your Wrangler and yourself, there is no reason why you cannot get out there and enjoy the wintry outdoors. 

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