Jeeps have been around since the 1940s and have long been regarded as tough and durable vehicles for day-to-day use. Whether it's for city driving and your daily commute to work or for hauling heavy cargo and a weekend off-road adventure, Jeep 4x4s are up to the task. Originally used as the military's all-purpose transport of choice, the brand has been bought back and forth by different companies until it finally settled with the Chrysler Group today. But one thing that has remained unchanged is how they create their vehicles, and you can clearly see this in the Jeep Gladiator throughout its 20 year run.
The Jeep Gladiator or Jeep Pickup is a full size truck that was built from 1962 up to 1988 under different companies. The Jeep brand was sold from company to company beginning with the original owner, Willys Motors, until it ended up with the Chrysler Group in 1987. Throughout its run, the Gladiator had very few mechanical changes proving that it was built on a very solid and reliable platform. It stuck to its 2-door pickup body style and four-wheel drive layout and had very minor exterior cosmetic changes. Even more impressive was that the Gladiator was even used as a military transport vehicle in some countries and was even used extensively by the United States at one point.
Jeep Gladiator parts varied throughout its long production run, so it's important that owners stick to aftermarket parts and accessories that are made specifically for their vehicle to ensure compatibility and ease of installation. For the engine alone, the Jeep Gladiator had seven different variations ranging from a 3.8-liter Tornado l6 up to a beefy 6.6-liter V8. Today, Jeep's lineup is focused heavily on creating luxury SUVs, but you can still see the design influence that older models like the Gladiator have on them.
Simple Maintenance Procedures and Tips to Keep Your Jeep Gladiator in Top Shape
Jeep is among the most respectable brands in the automotive industry when it comes to creating trucks with heavy duty performance and off-road capabilities. So, even if your Jeep Gladiator is several years older, you can still count on it to deliver the best performance. However, you have to do your part in order to keep your truck in top shape. Proper maintenance is necessary to keep your vehicle in good condition and have a longer life. Below are some tips on how to keep your Jeep in good condition:
- Make sure to keep your fluids fresh.
This is very important especially during the summer and winter; actually, in all weather conditions. Your vehicle needs fluid to survive. And you will need to check on the engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, battery fluid, and the window washer fluid. If you are going on a long trip, it's also best to check the air conditioning system; it has a gas that needs to at the correct level at all times. The oil, which can be found in the crankcase, is critical to a long and healthy engine life. Your engine will either freeze or overheat in matter of minutes without oil. You need to make sure that there is enough oil in the engine all the time. Consult your owner's manual about the correct level of oil that your truck should have as well as the interval of changing it. In some cases, you will need to change the oil a lot sooner depending on the environment and driving conditions in your area.
The transmission fluid should be checked monthly. This fluid is what keeps the gears in the transmission system moving smoothly, so you need to make sure that it is properly maintained. Unlike the engine oil, the transmission fluid is part of a closed system and therefore you should never be low. Low transmission fluid means there is a leak somewhere and you need to have it checked. You should also check the color of the fluid; if it's very dark or black, you may be overdue for a change. The coolant and other fluids should always be filled at the full line. You should also make sure to use the right mix of antifreeze.
- Maintain proper tire pressure.
Underinflated tires can cause your gas mileage to dip while overinflated tires bring risks of tire blowout. These are just two reasons why you should always make sure that your tires have the right amount of pressure; including the spare. A vehicle like your Jeep Gladiator is already burning up plenty of fuel to begin with so it's important to maintain a decent gas mileage to save money. Hence, having correct tire pressure is very important. And you don't want to have tire blowouts while driving because it's dangerous. The recommended air pressure for your tires can be found in your owner's manual and in the side of your tires (just below the brand name). The recommended pressure is usually between 30 and 35 PSI (pound per square inch). This number indicates the minimum amount of pressure needed to support your truck's maximum load-carrying capacity.
It may sound a little bit cheesy but it is a great way to know whether there are problems in your truck. Any vehicle will telegraph problems under the hood by giving out warning signs like noises even before flashing the check engine light. Trouble with steering or a high pitched whine whenever you stop the vehicle is an indication that something is wrong and needs your attention as soon as possible.
- Be mindful of road conditions.
Though you are driving a truck, you shouldn't think that it's invincible. You need to watch out for icy or wet conditions on the road; you have to be more careful and drive defensively on them. You should also drive carefully on roads with lots of potholes and bumps. Remember that excessive movements during driving will eventually cause suspension and chassis components to get loose.