Winter season can be harsh on your any vehicle. Snow and cold temperatures can cause extra stress on your car systems. During extreme conditions Jeep cooling system need to work harder; coolant which is a distilled water plus antifreeze mix keeps your vehicle from overheating by raising the boiling point of water, it also lowers the freezing point and prevents freeze up in the winter. Cold weather can also dry up and hardens the rubber hoses and oil is less viscous.
If you live in the colder areas of the United States, tips below will help up make sure your Jeep cooling system working well throughout the winter months:
Jeep Cooling System Maintenance:
Aside from keeping your engine from overheating, cooling system also help keep the engine and other components from seizing up when the temperatures outside are cold.
1. Look under your Jeep for Coolant Leaks: Antifreeze leaks can be common on older Jeeps and easy to spot since the fluid is typically bright yellow or green in color. If you notice a fluid leak of any kind, consider getting it checked by a professional mechanic before it develops into a bigger problem.
2. Check radiator coolant level: Just like engine oil and brake fluid, coolant fluid should be maintained at a proper fill level. To check coolant level wait until the Jeep is completely cooled down before opening the radiator cap. If you don’t see fluid or the fluid itself is corroded or dark (or has a sweet burnt smell), you will want to get it taken care of sooner rather than later.
3. Use the Proper Coolant-to-Water Mixture: In the winter you want to be running an antifreeze and water mixture. Antifreeze keeps the liquid in your cooling system from freezing solid. Instead of using 100% antifreeze , under normal temperatures 50/50 mixture is adequate.
However, in extremely cold weather experts recommend, a 60/40 or 70/30 mixture of antifreeze to water. Here are some recommendations:
* Up To -36C (-34F) – Use 50% Antifreeze and 50% Water
* Up To -52C (-62F) – Use 60% Antifreeze and 40% Water
* Up To -64C (-84F) – Use 70% Antifreeze and 30% Water
4. Take Care of the Belts, Seals and Hoses: When it gets cold, the rubber shrinks and hardens. If you have any leaks when it's warm out, it's almost a guarantee those leaks will become more significant in the cold. Make sure these parts are visually inspected and replaced as needed.
5. Flushing Your Jeep Engine Coolant: For your vehicle if budget permit replacing your Jeep coolant every few years is recommended. If coolant flush is not an option than simple drain out all the old coolant and replace it with new will be more than enough.
Replace Jeep Windshield Wiper Blades:
Experts recommend Wiper blades should be replaced every 8 to 12 months or when you begin to notice squeak, chatter, skip, smear or streak reducing driving visibility. Make sure to replace wipe blades with high quality product with protective rubber boot that helps keep snow and ice off the blade, while using a high grade rubber for superior performance in wet, winter weather.
Get an Oil Change:
Cold or hot weather performing regular oil change is a must. Why its more crucial to get oil change during winter? Cold weather can cause motor oil to flow either too slowly, or not at all. And that can take a toll on your engine. That’s why choosing the right motor oil can make a big difference. Source: Mobil Oil
There are several Jeep accessories in the market designed to help enhance your driving pleasure during winter. Here are few Jeep parts which will keep you safe, warm and protected during the cold season.
Jeep Hardtop Insulation Kit: This Jeep interior accessory sole purpose is to keep heat inside the cabin during cold temperatures and keep the cabin cooler in the summer. Also cut road noise as an add-on bonus.
Rugged Ridge offer these kits for Wrangler TJ and JK models. Insulated fabric pieces are simple to install either by using hook and loop fasteners or peel and stick adhesive.
Jeep Interior Heater: Why do I need a portable heater for my Jeep? Well built-in heating systems doesn’t start pushing out hot air until the engine gets warm, which can take a while. This is when Jeep interior portable heater comes in handy; engineered to help warm up your Jeep interior faster.
Jeep Floor Liners: Designed to contain show, mud, slush and prevent these from overflowing into your Jeep carpet. These easy to install Rugged Ridge floor liners will protect your Jeep flooring all year long.