Maintenance To Do After off-Roading
There’s no doubt about it—off-roading isn’t easy on your vehicle. It wouldn’t be real off-roading if it was. No matter what you put your car through, you need to keep up with its regular maintenance. This becomes even more crucial when you push your vehicle to its limits. Make sure you know about the maintenance to do after off-roading so that you don’t get left behind the next time you want to go out.
Clean Everything Off
Off-roading is dirty work, that’s for sure. Depending on where you’re off-roading, what gets stuck to your car will change. Whether it’s mud, sand, or something else, you’ll want to make sure you clean off as much grime as possible. If you leave it alone, that muck can build up and do serious damage to your vehicle. A good power wash will help keep it running for a long time.
Inspect Your Tires
You put your tires through a serious stress test when you take them onto rough terrain. Always make sure to fill your tires with the right amount of air before and after you go off-roading. Another important maintenance task to do after off-roading is checking your spare tire’s air pressure. You don’t want to get stranded somewhere because you neglected it.
Check Your Differential and Transmission
You want to ensure that both your differential and transmission don’t have any leaks or noticeable damage anywhere on their surfaces. Even if you have covers for them, those covers can dent and fail over time, exposing your differential and transmission to the elements. Make sure you inspect these after you’ve been in deep water to check for water contamination in them as well.
Ensure Your Brakes Work Properly
Your car’s brakes are as important as they are fragile. Always look at your brake drum to make sure there’s no sand, gravel, or mud stuck inside it. Your brake lines might also become stressed from the car’s motion, so take a peek at those as well to make sure they don’t need replacing.
Check on the Engine
Your engine is a complex piece of equipment, and a lot can go wrong when it lacks proper maintenance. Pop open your hood after off-roading and look for signs of damage. This includes damage to things like your belts, clamps, and hoses. You never know what might have made its way inside your engine and knocked some things around.
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