Jeep owners are always looking for ways to improve their vehicles. Whether you want to add more off-road performance or upgrade the interior comforts, plenty of Jeep parts are available to meet your needs.
Jeep Parts are manufactured by the manufacturer, Mopar, to fit your specific vehicle. They meet strict specifications and are considered high quality.
The radiator is one of the most important parts of your vehicle’s cooling system. It is responsible for lowering the temperature of your engine’s coolant and transferring it to the air flowing through the grille at the front of your Jeep. If the cooling system weren’t for the radiator, your engine would quickly overheat.
The combustion of fuel in the engine creates a huge amount of heat, which can damage components outside the engine itself. To prevent this from happening, your engine’s coolant is constantly circulated through the radiator and engine to absorb excess heat. Coolant passes from the engine to the radiator, where it goes through a core that is comprised of metal fins that vent off the coolant and reduce its temperature. The cooled coolant then passes back to the engine where it can continue to cool down.
Throughout this entire process, the pressure cap seals the radiator to ensure it remains pressurized until it reaches a set point. If the pressure is not maintained, the cooling system will overflow, which can lead to leaks in other areas of your car.
A thermostat, also known as a cooling valve, is another part that helps the radiator function properly. The thermostat closes off the radiator to prevent the coolant from passing through when the engine is cold, allowing it to warm up and reach its operating temperature without overheating. Once it reaches this temperature, the thermostat opens and the coolant flows into the radiator.
When the coolant is in the radiator, a fan will turn on to draw cooler air through the grille to lower the radiator’s temperature further. Once it reaches a suitable temperature, the coolant will pass back into the engine where it can continue to cool the rest of the car’s components. If your Jeep is leaking coolant or has a bad radiator, it needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Otherwise, you’ll be looking at a costly repair bill.
Air Conditioning Condenser
The air conditioning condenser is the part of your car’s cooling system that takes vaporized refrigerant and converts it into liquid to cool down your vehicle. The cooled liquid goes through the coils in the air conditioner where it cools the air by passing heat through the coils. When the temperature of the liquid reaches a low point, it flows out through a small valve and back into the compressor as gas.
The condenser’s function can be compromised by a number of things, including corrosion, mechanical wear and tear, electrical problems, environmental factors and age. The climate of your area and your home’s location will also impact how quickly the system will deteriorate. For example, your home’s proximity to saltwater, industrial areas and busy roads can contribute to early corrosion in the condenser. In addition, the AC unit may not work properly if your air filters are clogged because the condenser must work harder to keep the air circulating.
Typically, the condenser is located in front of the radiator. Accessing it for maintenance is usually easy, but the specialized skills required to repair the air conditioner are best left to qualified technicians.
A good preventative measure is to have your AC serviced twice a year. A technician will clean the condenser and inspect it for damage or other issues. He can straighten the fins and use specially formulated condenser coil cleaner to remove dirt that can interfere with the unit’s functionality.
The air conditioning condenser’s efficiency can also be reduced if the run capacitors fail. A faulty run capacitor will not start the motor and will cause other components to malfunction.
In addition, the coils of your air conditioning condenser can attract dirt and dust. This can cover the coils and create a kind of insulation that prevents heat from dissipating efficiently. You can do routine maintenance by cleaning the coils regularly. To do this, disconnect the service line and remove the panel on the back side of the unit. Then, using a can of spray cleaner, rinse the condenser with water.
Your alternator converts mechanical energy into the electrical power that your battery and ancillary accessories use while your car is running. Without an onboard generator to recharge your car battery, the car would run out of power very quickly. The alternator is also responsible for keeping your ancillary features working like power windows, windshield wipers, and heated seats.
To make electricity, your alternator relies on a spinning rotor and stationary armature. The rotor is powered by your car’s drive belt that rests on the alternator’s pulley and turns it when your engine is running. The rotor then spins a series of magnets around the armature’s coils to generate alternating current. This alternating current passes through copper wiring in the stator iron core to produce power. The current then goes to a diode which transforms it into direct current for charging your battery and powering the accessories. The voltage regulator manages this process by ensuring that the current only flows in one direction. Finally, a cooling fan helps the entire system dissipate heat that is generated during this process.
A faulty or failing alternator will often cause problems with your accessories. This is because the alternating current from the alternator can’t adequately charge or power these components. Flickering headlights, dashboard lights that won’t turn on, and a lack of energy from heated seats or power windows are all symptoms that indicate your alternator is dying.
Your alternator is a fairly durable part, but it will still need to be replaced eventually. A common sign of alternator failure is the warning light on your instrument panel that looks like a battery and reads “GEN” or “ALT.” Your car may also start making strange noises, such as whining or growling sounds, when this part begins to fail. A distinctive burning smell can also be an indicator that your alternator is overheating and is in need of replacement.
The Battery is arguably the most important component of any Jeep. It’s essentially the box that powers everything in your vehicle, and without it your Jeep is basically a driveway decoration. It takes mechanical energy from the engine and converts it into electrical energy that the various systems throughout the car vicariously use to operate.
There are two types of lead-acid batteries used in cars: standard wet cell and absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries. Standard wet cell batteries have vents to air out corrosive gases and steam and have removable caps for adding fluid, which should be done regularly to ensure the battery has enough charge. These batteries generate hydrogen during charging, and if they are overcharged or short-circuited, they can explode.
AGM batteries, on the other hand, don’t produce hydrogen and can handle a longer charge and recharge cycle than standard wet cells. They can also tolerate extreme cold. These batteries are more expensive than wet cell batteries, but they last much longer and deliver a high surge current.
Another important feature of a battery is its cold cranking amps rating. This measures the amount of power that the battery can supply for 30 seconds at subzero temperatures. The higher the CCA, the better the battery will perform in harsh environments.