Jeep Liberty Hitch
A Few Tips That Will Help Extend the Lifespan of Your Jeep Liberty Hitch
A Jeep is a lifestyle changer. With its capability of taking you to the great outdoors, it turns even a simple vehicle owner into a weekend off-road adventurer. Of course, your Jeep is able to do that because it is fitted with not only powerful mechanical components but also with add-ons that makes off-roading and towing safer and more convenient. Among such is the Jeep Liberty hitch.
With a hitch, it is easier for you to connect a trailer into your Jeep should you need to transport big luggage like a canoe or kayak. It also accommodates a hitch rack that can carry your mountain bike. That said, don't you think it's just fair that you provide your Jeep's hitch with the kind of maintenance it deserves? Below are some tips on how you can do that:
- When washing your Jeep, don't overlook the hitch.
During your car wash, make sure that the hitch won't be ignored. With its location, this component can easily get coated with mud and/or road salt and if these elements stay on the hitch, they will surely cause or promote corrosion. Before you know it, your hitch has been slowly eaten up by rust and is no longer as efficient as before in hooking up the trailer into your Jeep.
- Regularly check your hitch for any sign of damage and corrosion.
After a thorough carwash, it is wise if you will spend some time inspecting the various exterior components of your Jeep especially the ones you don't usually see like the hitch. Check the hitch for surface rust, scratches, pitting, and other types of damage. As soon as you notice any form of damage, deal with it as soon as you can to prevent it from getting worse and more difficult to repair. Scratches can be touched up to cover the exposed metal part of the hitch, and thus prevent rust formation. In case rust was already there, remove it by lightly sanding it before touching up the paint.
- Lubricate hitch components when necessary.
Consult the manual of your Jeep Liberty and study the setup of your hitch. The manual usually states which component necessitates lubrication and other maintenance requirements and which are almost maintenance free. Most of the time, lubrication is necessary on moving components and on metal-to-metal contacts.