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post #1 of 9 Old 10-08-2017, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Hi - I just purchased my first Jeep ( I am so happy & proud) - and I have a basic question. The Jeep is a 2017 and only has 20,400 miles on it. I have never owned a Jeep let alone a 4 wheel drive vehicle. I want to keep it looking new so I plan to wash it in the upcoming winter, I live in Wisconsin. I have a detached garage to keep it in in the winter but I want to avoid the dreaded doors & locks freezing shut when it is cold out. I saw videos that used Silicone on the door gaskets - but i was mostly curious on keeping locks from freezing. It does have auto start with Key FOB so you all know. I don't want to gunk up the lock with the wrong stuff. Also - if any one has any hints of driving in the snow and using 4 wheel drive & traction control would be very helpful. I will be very thankful for all input and suggestions. Thank You Dave
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I take my Compass (2014 4x4) through an automatic car wash five times a week including all winter. I use it as a work vehicle and it gets really dirty every work day. The automatic wash is good for winter because it dries the vehicle off so nothing freezes. I don't know whether the door locks freeze because I never use them, I just use the remote. But I have had no issues with the doors or hatch freezing.
I think that if you wash it by hand during the winter you will need to find a way to dry it off thoroughly, keep it in a warm garage overnight after washing perhaps? The main point is that if it isn't wet it won't freeze.
A Compass with 4x4 is very easy to drive in snowy conditions. The 4 wheel drive and traction control are all automatic. Just be aware that the 4 wheel drive works so well you may not realize how slippery the road is until you try to brake or turn.
The new models might be different but on my 2014 the roof is smooth and snow can build up - then when you brake it can all slide forward and cover the windshield. It really needs a snow dam on the roof or something.
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As a Wisconsin resident myself. And someone who has to travel in regardless of weather conditions. I will try to help you out here.
First my vehicle has to be outside in the weather for extended periods. I have never put anything on my door seals. I just make sure I have a old towel handy so after it goes through the car wash you can open the doors and trunk/hatch and wipe those area dry. I have never had a door freeze on me.
As for the locks, every fall I just take some WD40 stick the plastic straw in the key hole and give it a squirt. (that's all it needs) Open the doors and give the latch area a shot also.
Again never any issues with frozen doors or locks.
This is what I do as far as driving in snow. First I always have dedicated snow tires. You may not have that option. But worth it in my opinion. When starting off or I am driving in town I shut off the traction control. Once I am on the highway I turn it back on. But if going slow and in snow I always turn it off.
Can't tell you the number of people I have seen in stuck in parking lots. They ask for help I just tell them shut off traction control. Most look at you with blank face. But most drive out after they figure it out. It will also save you some wear and tear on your brakes.
I also have auto start on my vehicle, I won't use it but I am not going to tell people not to it's their choice. I cover my windshield and will be putting a oil pan or block heater on my Compass. Dealer tells me that the Renegade block heater will work just fine on the New Gen Compass. Got a little long winded here. Sorry. Enjoy your Compass and hopefully we will have a mild winter here in WI.
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Thank you very much - I appreciate your reply
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As a Wisconsin resident myself. And someone who has to travel in regardless of weather conditions. I will try to help you out here.
First my vehicle has to be outside in the weather for extended periods. I have never put anything on my door seals. I just make sure I have a old towel handy so after it goes through the car wash you can open the doors and trunk/hatch and wipe those area dry. I have never had a door freeze on me.
As for the locks, every fall I just take some WD40 stick the plastic straw in the key hole and give it a squirt. (that's all it needs) Open the doors and give the latch area a shot also.
Again never any issues with frozen doors or locks.
This is what I do as far as driving in snow. First I always have dedicated snow tires. You may not have that option. But worth it in my opinion. When starting off or I am driving in town I shut off the traction control. Once I am on the highway I turn it back on. But if going slow and in snow I always turn it off.
Can't tell you the number of people I have seen in stuck in parking lots. They ask for help I just tell them shut off traction control. Most look at you with blank face. But most drive out after they figure it out. It will also save you some wear and tear on your brakes.
I also have auto start on my vehicle, I won't use it but I am not going to tell people not to it's their choice. I cover my windshield and will be putting a oil pan or block heater on my Compass. Dealer tells me that the Renegade block heater will work just fine on the New Gen Compass. Got a little long winded here. Sorry. Enjoy your Compass and hopefully we will have a mild winter here in WI.
I've always had factory installed block heaters. I put a thread up about it here. Since the Compass is only sold in Florida, Jeep does not offer one (stupid). Instead of risking a freeze plug issue, I opted to try something different. I've put on a Wolverine pan heater. Because I installed the skid plates, I'm not worried about it getting torn off. Just a thought. Also, the Cherokee 2.4L glow plug and wiring should work for you too if you stay that route.

OP: Everyone covered everything. The only things I would add is to make sure you use synthetic engine oil (I choose to run AMSOIL). Also, 3-4 x per year I use silicone spray on the weather stripping. I've done this for over a decade on multiple vehicles. Not so much due to winter, but to keep the rubber soft so it does not shrink or rip as easily.
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Yep, synthetic oil is a big plus. Engine starts easier in severe cold and less engine wear on start up.
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The keeping the old towel handy to wipe out the door sills after each wash is a great idea, automatic car washes never get in there anyways and there is usually some gunk to wipe out.

I wouldn't be too quick to turn off traction control, I agree that on older cars it was often more hindrance than help but in modern cars it has become vastly helpful and way better. I think simply turning the mode selector to snow mode will be fine for most use cases, use 4x4 lock if on a bad gravel or minimum maintenance road if it makes you feel better, but they have pretty much made this vehicle as automatic as possible so it should need very little input from you other than being careful and applying common sense when driving in slippery conditions.
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I think WisHawk was speaking pretty generally about traction control. Various manufacturers have developed 'traction control' with some differences and also some of them changed over time. In many cases turning it off while in deep snow is helpful, but it is dependent also on the driver's ability. If they turn off the traction control and then just spin the wheels recklessly they are no better off (and may also cause costly damage to their axle or transaxle differentials).
4x4 Compasses have an option of turning the traction control partially off or fully off (2wd Compasses can only go to partially off). Pressing the button once puts it in partial off mode, while holding the button for 5 seconds with the vehicle stopped puts it in full off. Not sure if that is the same for all model years or the new gen Compasses, I'm referring to my 2014, but I believe most Jeeps work similarly in this respect.
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