How to Tune up a Jeep Wranglerby Jeanene S. Valentine
Are you tired of paying for overpriced and unfriendly service from your local auto mechanic or routine maintenance on your vehicle? Does giving your Jeep Wrangler a tuneup seem like a simple enough task?Well, it is. And all of the supplies needed can be picked up at your local autoshop such as AutoZone or Pep Boys!! In this article, you will learn how to do a routine tune up on your Jeep Wrangler. Not only will you save time, money and frustration but learn not to be intimidated by your vehicle. Be nice to your Jeep and it will treat you good for many, many years to come.Now, roll up those sleeves and let's get dirty!!
How To Tune Up A Jeep Wrangler
Visually check and top off all engine related fluids. The engine oil level is checked with a dipstick that extends through a tube and down into an oil pan at the bottom of your Jeep. Pull the dipstick from the tube and wipe with a clean hand towel. Replace the dipstick all the way back in the tube and remove again. This time you can read the dipstick for the oil level. There are two marks, ADD and FULL. If needed, add oil, but be sure not to overfill the engine. Check the engine coolant, it is in a clear plastic reservoir. DO NOT remove the radiator cap while engine is warm! You should be able to see through the reservoir if more fluid is needed. Check the window washer fluid which is also in a clear plastic container but is blue. If needed, add fluid.
Replace the spark plugs one at a time. Use the Gap Gauge to make sure the new spark plugs are measured to the correct gap size as the old ones. When you remove a spark plug, there is a small arm, an electrode, at the top of the spark plug. Use the Spark Plug Wrench to remove the old plugs and install the new ones. You may want to use some of the compressed air in a can to spray away any dirt or material around the spark plug hole.
Perform a visual inspection of all the hoses and belts on your Jeep. Check the brackets as well as connectors. If a hose looks a little distorted in shape or color, give it a little squeeze. Rubber hoses should be on the hard side. If it feels a little soft or gummy, it's time to replace it. Visually inspect the belts. There are several grooves across the belts. If there are cracks across most of the threads, time for a new belt. Using the Battery Brush, gently clean any dried crust that may be on or around the battery terminals. Be sure not to get it in your eyes!! Battery acid is not a joke!!
Check the tire pressure. Properly inflated tires not only prevent accidents but can help out your pocketbook next time you are at the pump! Printed on the side of each tire, the manufactors have placed what pound of pressure the tires should be inflated to. Use the Tire Pressure Gauge to check your tires. If needed, add air.
Things You'll Need
- Engine Coolant
- Window washer fluid
- Engine Oil (check your car manual for weight)
- Spark Plugs
- Spark Plug Wrench and Gap Gauge
- Tire Pressure Gauge
- Battery Cable Brush
- Can of compressed air
- Clean cloth hand towels
- Never remove the radiator cap, coolant cap, or remove spark plugs while engine is still warm!!
- Do Not get dried battery acid in your eyes nor inhale!!
Valentine attended the University of California at Los Angeles for film studies and worked in the industry for several years. Even owning her own production company. Valentine is a Correctional Officer for men's state prison, passionate about practicing mixed martial arts and enjoys do-it-yourself auto mechanics.