Aside from the Cadillac Escalade's tough SUV frame, its fenders provide a resilient defense for the wheel openings against accumulation of external elements such as rust, mud, and road debris. Despite the car's sturdiness, the fenders will eventually give in to wear and tear and cause various problems such as rust holes and brittleness. If you think your fenders are not as efficient as they used to be, then better do some troubleshooting. Listed below are some of the most common fender problems encountered with the Cadillac Escalade and the reasons behind them.
During a visual inspection on your automobile, look out for signs of rusting on the fenders. When left unattended, fender rust can develop holes that will strongly reduce the parts' durability. These rust holes are easily identifiable because they leave an ugly spot on the fenders. These holes may seem unimportant but they actually have a huge impact on your driving safety in case of a collision. Luckily, diagnosing and fixing rust holes is fairly easy and requires basic mechanical skills only.
Peeling or flaking on the fender's paint is fairly common in newly replaced car fenders. You can simply find signs of peeling by visually inspecting your vehicle. These signs are usually manifested in uneven paint patterns, which is caused by an uneven fender surface. Fenders need to be cleansed properly before painting to promote adhesion and failing to do so will only aggravate the defective paint job. In addition, the use of fine grain sand paper and spray-on primer coating helps in adhesion. Also, be sure to wear a respirator when performing repair to avoid inhaling toxic fumes.
Scratches and cracks on your car's fenders are unavoidable. Usually, these signs are a result of fender benders or minor collisions. Fortunately, these kinds of fender deformities are easily detectable and are also easily addressed. Dented or cracked fenders can be reformed back into shape by welding. However, bear in mind that performing a DIY repair should only be done if you have enough knowledge on the fenders' material. Do not attempt to do repair if you are not that familiar or knowledgeable about the type or the material your fenders are made of.