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Even though modern Jeeps are used for daily transportation, they’re still built for rugged adventure. Whether off-roading is your hobby or you’re going on a camping trip, you can rely on this FWD’s high performance in rough terrain.
All that off-roading means your Jeep can sustain damage, so it’s important to protect your rig with smart driving and the right gear. Learn some common types of damage Jeeps sustain while off-roading and how to care for your vehicle.
1. Damaged Tires
Your tires are, hopefully, the only parts of your vehicle that make contact with the ground. As such, your tires are vulnerable to uneven terrain and sharp debris on the trail. If a rock punctures your tire, you could get a flat; or something can damage tire beads, loosening your tire’s connection to the wheel.
Always bring a spare tire and carry a tire plug/patch kit. Also, keep your air pressure at the optimal level for your excursion. Depending on the terrain, air down your tires to increase traction.
2. Scraped Undercarriage
A scraped undercarriage is another common type of damage Jeeps sustain when off-roading. The undercarriage may sustain damage when you drive over potholes or obstacles such as branches and rocks. While you might occasionally need to drive around an obstacle, staying on marked trails is an important part of off-road etiquette because you don’t want to widen the trail.
Know your vehicle’s ground clearance. If you have doubts about your ability to clear an obstacle on the trail, get out of your vehicle—if it’s safe to do so—and double-check; it’s better than taking a blind chance. Additionally, installing skid plates and rock sliders gives your undercarriage protection. If you want to go over larger obstacles with greater ease, you can also install a lift kit.
3. Body Scratches and Dents
Finally, your Jeep’s body can collect scratches and dents from your time on the trail. Flying debris kicked up from your wheels or other vehicles can nick your Jeep, and driving too close to rock walls or tree branches can cause more damage.
Protect your rig by installing aftermarket bumpers and fender flares. These items create distance between your Jeep’s body and sticks, rocks, and flying debris. And if you decide to get larger tires for your vehicle, fender flares will help keep the debris they kick up under the wheel well.