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mchap72 10-01-2011 10:26 AM

Newbie Question on Maintenance
Been watching some great off-road youtube movies of Wranglers going through mud, water, rivers, and rock climbing. I have several maintenance questions around what you do after off-roading.

1. Do you have to change out the differential and transmission fluids if you traverse through water and mud? Or is this equipment sealed properly as a stock model driving off the lot.

2. Same question for alignment. Do you check your alignment every time you go off-roading if you rock climb or hit some real crevices?

Thanks in Advance

Hoping to have purchased a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon by Mar 2012

1995yj318 10-01-2011 10:41 PM

Unless the water or mud is really deep there should be no need to change the fluids afterword. If you spend an extended period of time stuck in the water it might not be a bad idea to as water can sometime seep around worn seals or in to cracked vent lines. If I do get it to mud/water I do grease everything after the trip to relube/flush out any water or grit that might find its way into the u joints, slip yoke, ball joints, tie rod ends, bushings and such. I spend a lot of time washing every nook and cranny in and outside of the Jeep. It is a good idea to change the fluids more frequently in a Jeep that gets wheeled a lot since wheeling is hard on parts and fluids.
As far as alignment goes, unless I detect a problem like pulling, wondering, stiff or loose steering, or unexplained vibrations I don't check it.

InvertChaos 10-01-2011 11:20 PM

Agreed with all of the above ^

mchap72 10-02-2011 10:45 AM

Thanks for the feedback.


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