It’s a whole new world out there with everyone forced to adjust in this time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not only is work and school affected for many of us, but so is playtime including off-roading with our fearsome weekend warrior off-road trucks!
Well, even though you can’t head out to the trails to blow off some steam and calm that stress right now, you can prepare for when the trails open back up again so you’ll be all ready for it and there’s no better time than the present with all this time at your disposal to give your 4WD off-road vehicle a spring tune-up.
Kill time doing some maintenance on your off-roader and you’ll be all set to go once we get the official go-ahead!
Start With A Fluids and Filters Check
Start your spring tune-up by popping the hood on your off-road warrior and checking all your fluids and filters and doing these steps as needed:
- Change the Oil and Oil Filter - Check to make sure you’re maintaining the correct oil level, then drain it, replace the filter, and put in fresh oil to keep things running smoothly.
- Check and Top Off Fluids - Refill wiper fluid reservoir, brake fluid, as well as coolant and if necessary, drain the coolant and replace it with clean fresh coolant.
- Do Battery Maintenance - Test the battery strength, clean the terminals, and refill the battery cells if they look low.
- Check Transmission Fluid Levels - Use the dipstick and make sure you’re at level, then top off if necessary.
- Change the Air Filter - A clean air filter promotes better gas mileage and more horsepower for riding down those trails.
Check the Brakes and Tires
OK, remove the wheels from your off-road truck one at a time and check the condition of your brakes.
Note whether it’s nearly time to have the pads replaced or if the rotors or drums look like they need attention; most auto parts store are open but they may or may not have what you need, so unless it is urgent, jot that maintenance on your to-do list when you can get the parts you need.
While each wheel is off, give the tire a good once-over looking for damage, uneven wear, and how much tread you’ve got left.
If you can do it yourself, rotate the tires.
Do An Exterior Inspection
After the brakes and tires, go around your vehicle and check everything else.
Replace the windshield wipers if you haven’t in a while, check the gasket on your gas cap, and your other rubber to check its condition.
If you’ve got accessories and other add-on parts like bed liners, off-road lighting, and other specialty parts, be sure to check them out.
Make sure everything’s in good condition, properly attached, and ready for a new season on the trails.
Finish With A Good Cleaning
Last but not least, give your 4X4 a bath so it looks great after winter.
- Clean the undercarriage first and then give it a thorough soap bath on the outside.
- Rinse and dry, then vacuum and wipe down the interior.
If you’re feeling especially motivated, apply a coat of wax for protection and put a shine on that paint.
Kill Two Birds With One Stone with A Spring Tune-Up!
Face it, as long as we have to wait a while before getting back to the trails with our modded trail-riding trucks, we might as well put the time to good use.
If you take your time and pay attention to all the little details, you can stretch your tune-up out over a day or two at the very least.
Best of all?
You will be all set to take your trail-riding monster out there once it’s possible again and you can put off mowing the lawn for a little bit while getting some time out of the house!