Warm weather is already arriving here in Northern Colorado, which means that the trail running season is coming up fast. Whether you have been doing some offroad playing in the snow, or you’ve given yourself a bit of a rest, we can all agree that springtime is a great time of year to dust off the 4×4 rig and hit the mountains! And the start of each season is the perfect opportunity to get your vehicle into your nearest 4×4 service center and have all your auto parts checked out. Before you take it out into the mud, it’s good to know how well your car has weathered the winter, and assess where you can make adjustments and investments for better handling and performance this year.
Offroad vehicles require a little bit more love than the average street car, and now is the perfect time to upgrade your components, change fluids, and do an overall checkup so you don’t hit any early-spring snags. Here are a few things to look into to make sure your first few trail runs are fun and hassle-free!
Clean off the winter gunk
Winter in Colorado can be tough on our vehicles, especially those older models, or those with specialty auto parts. The salt from the roads and the moisture in the air can wreak havoc on the body, the paint job, and the undercarriage, so be sure to have everything cleaned out and checked out. Give your rig a thorough wash and wax, and have it looked over by a 4×4 service mechanic to make sure things are still in good shape.
Upgrade older parts
Off road cars can be notorious for blowing through components faster than other cars, which is one reason why it’s great to have an authorized dealer of used auto parts in the area. You can replace worn out parts for minimal cost, and make performance upgrades without blowing your budget. And since they come with warranties and are properly installed by a qualified mechanic, you can feel good about saving money without compromising reliability.
Re-stock your car kit
It’s important to always carry a few things in your rig with you at all times, and those things may get depleted or expire over the winter time. Take a few minutes to go through your emergency bag and restock supplies, your mechanic kit and throw in a few extra auto parts, and double check that you have safety gear that will help you handle any mishaps out on the trail. When everything is fresh, clean, and well-stocked, then you and your friends are ready to head out for some early-season adventure!