Whether you’re driving in soft sand or tackling a rugged track, daily 4WD maintenance checks can help you avoid problems and breakdowns before they occur. To stay safe off-road and learn more about your 4WD in the process, follow our essential 4WD inspection checklist.
What are the benefits of daily 4WD maintenance checks when you’re off-road?
As well as giving you peace of mind, daily vehicle checks will make you more attuned to changes that may arise in your vehicle’s basic components from one day to the next. This will allow you to quickly negotiate any small problems before they turn into big problems.
What types of 4WD problems can occur when you are off-road?
Engine breakdowns due to oil loss or overheating are among the problems that can occur if maintenance inspections are neglected. We recommend daily checks of your oil and water coolant levels. Check around the engine and engine bay for leaks. Pay attention to hoses. Look for breakages and ensure clamps are tight. Check that your 4WD fan belts are intact and at the right tension. For more information about engine care, contact the experts at Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop.
The importance of daily 4WD fluid level checks
Fluid loss can result in mechanical failures. While you are off-road, we recommend daily checks of all levels such as brake fluid, power steering fluid and automatic transmission fluid.
The importance of daily 4WD filter checks
Look for excess dust and clean and replace air filters as necessary. Check the airbox seal is intact and closes correctly. Do a visual check of primary and secondary fuel filters.
The importance of daily 4WD tyre checks
A tyre blowout at high speed is potentially dangerous and can be avoided with a quick inspection. Tyres are at risk of rupturing due to damage or wear. Make sure you inspect your tyres daily while you are off-road, paying particular attention to sidewalls and tyre pressure. Check for cracks in wheels.
The importance of daily 4WD wheel hub checks
Wheel hub failure can occur when there is excessive jarring or wear. When checking wheel hubs, wobble each wheel to see if they are loose. Ensure that the hubs are disengaged or engaged according to terrain.
The importance of daily 4WD under body checks
Our technicians at Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop recommend inspecting under your 4WD body for overnight oil and fluid leaks. Look for damaged or loose components. Remove any obstructions such as sticks and excessive mud.
The importance of daily 4WD universal joints checks
Drivetrain failure can occur due to object incursion (such as wire picked up from a track) or wear. We recommend inspecting universal joints and main hardware such as differentials.
The importance of daily 4WD suspension checks
Suspension problems can occur due to wear or damage. Inspect shocks for damage or leaks, condition of bushes, springs and spring mounts for damage, cracks or lost components.
The importance of daily 4WD rear axle checks
Conduct a visual inspection of the rear axle on the left and right-hand sides to check for cracks and oil leaks.
The importance of daily 4WD light checks
Ensure all lights are operational: headlights, stoplights, taillights, turn signals, hazard lights, clearance, and reverse lights. Verify your headlight alignment regularly.
The importance of daily 4WD communications checks
Check any communication devices (satellite phone, SPOT Tracker if used, UHF radio, mobile phone) are charged and functional.
The importance of daily 4WD spotlight and accessory checks
Inspect spotlights, roof rack, aerials, bull bar mount, sand flag and other accessories for mounting tightness and cable security. Check any cargo or fuel is secured.
The importance of daily 4WD general safety check
Ensure that seat belts, windows and doors all function. Check child restraint anchors if used. Check placement of first-aid kit, fire extinguishers, reflectors and load binders.
Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop – the 4WD experts
With more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, the technicians Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop are here to assist with all your mechanical needs. Not only do we provide servicing and repairs, but we also stock a vast range of parts and products, including tyres, mag wheels, rims and more. Located in Wacol, our state-of-the-art workshop welcomes vehicles of all makes and models.
For top brands in Brisbane – at affordable prices – call Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop on 07 3271 1509 or visit our website. Share your 4WD adventures on our Facebook page. For further inspection and safety information, check out the Offroad Adventure Show and 4WD Australia YouTube channel.