Hello fellow Jeepers, it’s that time of year again!
The weather is heating up, the May flowers have arrived, and the smell of spring is fully in the air — you know what that means, right?
It's time to get your Jeep ready to rock and roll for another season of trailblazing, mud slinging, topless cruising, and everything in between!
Whether you’ve had your Jeep out over the winter or have kept it hibernating in your garage patiently awaiting the warmer weather, a good spring cleaning is likely in order for your Wrangler.
Not only will knocking out these spring cleaning tasks ensure that your Jeep is looking its best when you head out on your ventures, but it will also keep your Wrangler from aging as fast while giving you piece of mind that all your mechanics are up to par for keeping you safe on the road.
Here at Altitude Jeep — your destination for the best custom Jeep parts — we know this can be a daunting process for many Jeep owners, which is why we’re here to help make it a little easier to tackle! Take care of these simple spring cleaning tasks to get your Jeep ready for a new season of off-roading fun:
The Comprehensive Jeep Wrangler Spring Cleaning Checklist
Clean the Undercarriage
If you’re an avid off-road enthusiast, your Wrangler’s undercarriage likely sees a good bit of build up from dirt, clay, mud, and everything else you trek through. This is why we recommend every Jeep cleaning always begin with a good pressure washing of the undercarriage.
The caked-on mud and salt-laden grime from over the winter can hide issues that could potentially turn into more major concerns if you don’t recognize and address them right away.
If you stowed your Wrangler for the winter, you probably gave it a good wash prior, so you might be asking, “why do I need to do this again?”
Even if you performed a detailed wash of your Jeep, the undercarriage can certainly have build up that gets left behind. So be sure to pressure wash under the fenders, and if they’re incredibly gunked up, consider ordering a set of off-road fenders to help prevent so much mud from collecting underneath in the future.You can also opt for a new Jeep lift kit to keep your Wrangler hovering higher over the terrain to avoid as much buildup on your undercarriage.
With the underside of your Jeep now squeaky-clean, you can move on to the next step in your spring cleaning.
Do A Mechanical Maintenance Check
Now that you can see everything on the underside of your Jeep, pop open the hood and do a thorough check up on the engine components. You should also inspect underneath the engine for any damage, worn parts, loose wires or hoses, and anything else that seems out of place and in need of attention. Afterall, the last thing you want to deal with on your first ride of the season is a breakdown due to a weakened hose or another component that could have been easily replaced.
While you’re at it, go ahead and perform any other routine maintenance like changing the oil or topping off your fluids. This way you can go enjoy your Jeep through the best seasons of the year without having to worry about these items for the considerable future.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Before you go to head out on the trails, make sure to check your tire pressure as well! Especially if your Jeep has been resting through the cold season, your tire pressure can fluctuate significantly. See our full list of the do's and don'ts when preparing for off-roading.
Change the Wiper Blades
Icy windshields that you can experience through the winter months can really do a number on a set of wiper blades; the good news is that these are simple items to fix. Install a new set of blades so you’re ready for the spring rains and a summer full of mud puddle splashing.
With a new set of wiper blades and a full washer fluid reservoir, you’ll ensure that you have a clean windshield without all those streaks from torn blades when out on the trails.
Give It A Bath
Naturally, as part of your spring cleaning, you’ll thoroughly wash your Jeep Wrangler from back to front. Clean out all the cracks and crevices that may have hidden buildup of dust, dirt, and grime from years past.
Scrub Your Lights
One minor detail that often gets forgotten yet really makes a difference is scrubbing the headlights and other lights on your Jeep. Not only does this improve the look of your Jeep immensely, but it also makes night riding much more enjoyable — especially if you find yourself riding in remote locations.
After a winter of dirt, grime, and road salt, it’s going to take more than a few sprays with the hose or pressure washer. Get in there deep and scrub your Jeep headlights and taillights by hand — you’ll certainly notice the difference it makes the next time you need them on at night. If your Jeep headlights are simply too dim or faded to recover, order some new custom Jeep LED headlights to give your Wrangler a mean new look for this off-roading season! Some new beams are a fun project to add onto your spring cleaning, and when you order yours from Altitude Jeep, you can easily follow our step-by-step installation instructions.
Make Spring Cleaning Your Jeep A Pre-Season Tradition!
Whether you drive a newer or older Wrangler model, your Jeep is your baby, and it occasionally requires some extra attention to ensure that it keeps providing you with trailblazing fun for years to come. A spring cleaning and check-up is the perfect way to slow corrosion on your metal parts and get your Jeep looking its best.
So be sure to check off each item on this list and also make a habit of it for the years to come! You can even take your spring cleaning a step further by finding some new, custom Jeep parts to upgrade your look and performance to entirely new levels!
These simple steps are all it takes to ensure you are fully prepared to have a great time when you set off in your Jeep your first adventures this spring! Be sure to check out our other Jeep blogs here at Altitude Jeep for more tips and tricks to getting the most out of your experience as a Jeep owner. To truly make the most of your Wrangler adventures this year, order your custom Jeep parts from us today to elevate your ride!