There’s something incredibly fun about going up into the mountains on a trail ride, and seeing your rig get covered in dirt and mud. Many people consider a dirty truck to be a sign of a true 4×4 off-roader. While it may be enjoyable to ride through dusty trails or cross swampy areas in your off-road rig, it’s also important to have strategies to deal with all of that mess when you’re not on your outdoor adventures.
Having a buildup of dirt on your vehicle can actually do damage over time, to both the body and the mechanical parts. During the summer season, the height of off-roading time, it’s a great idea to have some tools and strategies on hand to handle the influx of mud, sand, dust, and debris. Here are some ways to stem the tide of dirt, so your rig can continue running well for many years into the future:
- Get a wet/dry vac
Many people swear by their shop-vacs, and for good reason. These industrial strength vacuums can handle a lot, including things like wet mud and dog hair, dried up dust and sand, and a whole lot more. Get in the habit of vacuuming out your car within 24 hours after an off-road ride.
- Keep wipes on hand
The interior of your car can gather a lot of dust, whether or not you leave your windows open. Invest in some travel packets of interior cleaning wipes, and keep them in your glovebox or console. Wipe down your dash, doors, steering wheel, and anything else, to keep yourself from breathing in all that dirt.
- Use a power washer
If your rig can take a power washing, this is a very efficient way to get things clean again. Just ask your local 4×4 mechanic first, if all of your exterior auto parts are safe for power washing, so you don’t damage anything. You can buy one to keep at home, or you can go to a DIY car wash bay and use one of theirs.
- Don’t forget the undercarriage
After washing and wiping down, your car’s body can look sparkling clean, but you may still have tons of dirt lodged in your undercarriage and deep in your wheel wells. This can wear down your 4×4 parts over time, and potentially result in mechanical issues. Just make sure you don’t neglect the unseen parts of your rig when cleaning up!
Make a habit of keeping your 4×4 vehicle clean and free from excess dirt and grime. This will make driving more enjoyable, and extend the life of your vehicle. Want to learn more? Reach out to us at the 4×4 Off-Road Network today!