Must Have Tools For Your New Soft Top Jeep Wrangler JK

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The Jeep Wrangler is one of Chrysler's most iconic cars. It' been a popular car for years and the design has hardly changed. It's an excellent car to own if you want to drive off-road: either on backwoods trails, the beach, or just through rough country. However, there are some special tools and accessories you should get for your new ride. These are a bit specific to Jeep Wranglers, so they are important even if you have a nice set of tools from a prior car.

Torx Drill Bit Set

The first thing you should know about Jeep Wranglers is that they tend to use a special type of screw and bolt called Torx. These are diamond headed, which is meant to prevent stripping. Unlike regular hex, flat, or Philips head screws, Torx bits hold the driver better and prevent slipping. This makes them easier to work with and, as mentioned, less likely to get stripped. This last bit is important because the soft top of your Jeep is connected to the roll bar with Torx bolts. These might be taken on and off repeatedly during the warm summer months when you want to take the Jeep out topless. The Torx bolts are also used on tail hinges, door hinges, and other areas. These are not areas that you will be frequently working on, but when you do, you will need the Torx bits, not your regular driver set.

Special Cleaners For The Soft Top

You are going to want to purchase a special set of cleaning products for the soft top. Household cleaners that contain alcohol can weaken the plastic in the soft top, which will dry it out, make it brittle, and lead to cracks. If you neglect the soft top, or clean it with inappropriate cleaners, you can end up with a leak. The solution is a patch or a total replacement of the top if the crack is too large. Look for special cleaners that are designed for plastics. Ideally, you should choose one that is marketed to Jeep owners so that you are sure the ingredients are safe for the soft top.

Micropod 2 Diagnostic Tool

These little pocket sized diagnostic tools are a great way to figure out why the "check engine" light is on. And if you're out there riding off-road, you will run into lots of situations that stress your car and cause potential issues that need to be looked at.

If you're mechanically inclined, you can save tons of money by doing your own repairs. New cars are computerized, unlike the Jeeps of twenty or thirty years ago. The micropod plugs into your Jeeps data link port under the front dashboard. It then sends the information to your computer via a wireless connection. Your computer will link up with Chrysler and use their database for diagnosis.

It will then give you the error code, and you can determine what the issue is. If the issue is something you feel you can take care of, then you can avoid going to the mechanic to have it fixed, which will save you quite a bit of money in the long run.

Another cool thing about the micropod is that when you run a diagnostic on your Jeep, it will also let you know if there are any safety recalls or other important vehicle specific notices that the company has issued which you should be aware of.

For more information, contact a company like AA Automotive Diagnostic Solutions LLC.


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