4Wheel Drive Hardware Offers Tips to Keep Jeep Parts and Accessories Running Smoothly

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In the midst of all the New Year's resolutions about diet, exercise, and finance, do not forget to slip in a resolution for Jeep maintenance. Owning a Jeep is a lot of fun, but it is also a large investment with Jeep parts and accessories that need regular upkeep. Follow these straightforward tips from 4Wheel Drive Hardware to keep the Jeep driving steady throughout the New Year.

4Wheel Drive Hardware, the nation's leading Internet distributor of Jeep parts and accessories, is helping Jeep owners keep their vehicles running smoothly with these New Year’s maintenance tips for wheels, tires, and winches.

Step one is to inspect all tires, including the spare. The spare tire is often overlooked, but it does require the same maintenance as the other four tires. Begin by checking the tire pressure. Improper tire pressure is dangerous and causes tires to wear much faster. Rotating the tires regularly also prolongs their lifespan. Schedule a tire rotation at least every 8,000 miles; rotating with each oil change will provide the longest tire life possible. Then, check the alignment. If the Jeep is pulling to one side or shaking, the alignment may need to be adjusted. Repair or replace any tire that has embedded nails or other objects. Finish with Jeep tire covers to keep the tires protected when not in use.

Next, check out the Jeep wheels. A basic cleaning is essential to keep wheels in good working order. Always wash wheels when they are completely cool, using a soft sponge and mild detergent that’s intended for automotive finishes. Anything more abrasive can scratch the finish. Then, give the wheels a good waxing. This needs to be done three or four times annually, and more often for chrome wheels. Cleaning and waxing are especially important in the winter when wheels are exposed to an increased amount of salt and chemicals. After cleaning, check the wheel lug nuts. If they show any signs of stripping, replace them. If they are still in good standing, retorque the lug nuts according to manufacturer specifications. Check for cracks, corrosion, gouges, or distorted rim flanges. If the wheels show any damage, consider replacing them. Finalize everything with a sealant to minimize static and brake dust.

The new year is also a good time to verify the condition of your winch. Start by uncoiling your winch cable and checking it for kinks and wear. Then, re-spool the cable, checking the brake and making sure the cable wraps around the drum evenly. When the winch is not being used, keep it protected with a Smittybilt winch cover.

4Wheel Drive Hardware offers competitive pricing on all Jeep parts and accessories, including Jeep wheels, Jeep tire covers, Smittybilt winches, and much more. For more information on these Jeep parts, call 800-555-3353 or visit 4WD.com.

About 4Wheel Drive Hardware: 4Wheel Drive Hardware is an industry-leading provider of Jeep parts and accessories, with a specific passion and focus for the off-road industry. Learn more tips and tricks for maintaining Jeep parts and accessories at 4WD.com.

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Catherine Brock