Top 7 Vehicle Hack Items That Every Jeep Owner Must Own

Vehicle hacks are important because they can keep you out of trouble in various scenarios. Jeep owners love to go all out on their trips. If you are an avid driver and love to go on long road trips, you need to have a few hacks up your sleeves and prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario.

Here are top 7 vehicle hack items that will keep you out of trouble.

Snow Tracks

This goes without saying, if you plan to drive your Jeep in a snowy area, you need to make sure that you have the necessary gear for yourself and your Jeep ready. Snow tracks are convenient and compact chain devices that you can fit on your Jeep’s wheels to help them get enough traction on the snow.

Jeep Cooler

If you are planning on going on a long journey with friends/family, you must carry some food with you. A Jeep cooler is a compact electronic device that derives its power from your Jeep’s cigarette lighter power source. This small cooler will help you keep food items as well as drinks for prolonged periods.

Grippy Strips

Grippy strips are fantastic devices that help you organize your stuff in the Jeep’s cabin. We all have gone through the pain of losing our cellphone between the seats during a long journey. If you are one such clumsy person who desperately wants to keep the interiors of your Jeep clean, you must try these grippy strips. The strips act like a double-sided scotch tape and they stick to your dashboard. You can now use the open surface of the strip to place your phone or other essentials at a noticeable position.

Basic Tool Kit and User Manual

Most Jeep owners carry a small toolkit with them that can help them tighten some screws or bolts. However, without the proper instructions, it is possible that you actually worsen the conditions of your Jeep. It is always advisable to place your Jeep’s user manual in a clear plastic bag with the toolkit to make it easily accessible in case your Jeep breaks down.

Window Covers/Blinds

Window covers are nifty devices that you can use in case you are going to drive all day long. These covers stick to the side of your Jeep’s windows offering sunlight protection to the passengers. Now, your co-driver/passengers can easily enjoy a sun-free environment to rest for a while.

Inflatable Jeep Jack

An inflatable Jeep jack is a device that replaces the work associated with using a conventional mechanical Jeep jack. This Jeep jack derives its power from the vehicle to lift it up so that you can easily change the flat tire.

Rain Covers

If you own an open roof Jeep Wrangler, it is always a good idea to carry a set of extra rain covers to protect the essentials. These rain covers will help you protect the costly speakers and navigation system in your Jeep on a rainy day.

Follow one or more of these vehicle hacks to ensure that you go through your next long journey without facing any glitches.

The Top Three Benefits of Changing Transmission Fluid

There has always been some debate on the pros and cons of changing your transmission fluid on a routine basis, per your vehicle owner’s manual recommendation. One of the many rumored suspicions is that doing so will open your car up to having dreaded transmission issues sooner. To debunk those conspiracy theories, let’s get into the meat of the topic and explore, together, why it absolutely makes sense to change it regularly; and how not doing so could actually cause your car to run sluggishly – potentially costing you precious pennies in the long run!

1) Heat is the enemy

The number one reason that manufacturers recommend you change your transmission fluid regularly is because it degrades as it continually heats up during driving. There are exhaustive studies about the precise temperatures in which its effectiveness actually wanes. Suffice it to say that most owner’s manuals duly recommend changing your fluid every 30,000 miles. There is one exception to this rule: newer vehicles using Dexron III ATF fluid can often go up to 100,000 miles before needing to be changed. As you drive, and the transmission heats up, the viscosity of your fluid changes; over time, this heat causes transmissions to burn up and this is the single-most cause of transmission repairs today – burned up transmissions.

2) Gunk and sludge

As your transmission continues to heat up and it continues to break down, your car’s transmission components begin to get bogged down with gunk and sludge. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that gunk and sludge are going to clog up your transmission gears, causing unnatural wear and tear on your vehicle’s transmission. If you want your transmission to continue to operate smoothly, it is vital to keep it clean.

3) Leaky seals and putrid odors

No, I’m not talking about a horror flick here. A well-maintained machine is one whose owner regularly checks the transmission fluid levels – yes, using the dipstick! You should ideally check your transmission fluid level when your engine is warm and idling. Transmission fluid should be bright red and should smell sweet, not putrid or rancid. It shouldn’t be brown or black or even dark red. It should look like the tip of the spindle after Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger. If your transmission fluid level is low, or the color is not right, it’s time to change your transmission fluid and check (or have checked by the mechanic) all of the seals around the transmission for leaks.

If you want your transmission to last throughout the life of the car, it is imperative that you change your transmission fluid regularly, following your owner’s manual guidelines and a few common sense rules. In today’s world of disposable everything – neglecting your transmission can be a rude awakening to your wallet. The potential costs associated with ignoring the routine maintenance guidelines on your transmission could total thousands of dollars that would be better spent on a nice, warm vacation to a sunny spot this summer.