2012 Jeep Wrangler: Washboard Abuse
January 24, 2013
Hundreds of miles of washboard roads can take its toll. In the recent trip crisscrossing the Panamint and Saline Valleys (and eventually ending up in Death Valley) the 2012 Jeep Wrangler handled it easily, but with two minor hiccups.
First, about an hour after leaving Lost Burro Mine, I noticed a rhythmic thump. Turns out the plastic clips holding the rear license plate frame/bracket had broken, and the metal screws had backed out. The license plate wiring loom was the only thing keeping it from being discarded along a dusty trail. Luckily, the screws were held inside the housing behind the plate, and I was able to retighten them easily.
Secondly, it seems that broken glass doesn't like hours of shaking. The windshield crack had grown about two feet, almost reaching A-pillar to A-pillar.
John Adolph, Senior Multimedia Editor @ 24116 miles