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Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Fender

Chevrolet Avalance 1500 Fender - Determining Problems and Quick-Fixes

Automobiles have come a long way from their boxy, purely utilitarian origins to become status symbols that are well taken care of for showing off. That's why, even if your Chevrolet Avalanche 1500's fenders are specifically designed to absorb and blunt the force of impacts, no one wants them damaged and cracked-it doesn't look good at all! The thing is that impacts are not the only source of damage to the fenders, time and the elements also play a major role in determining the longevity of these parts. The following is a guide to some of the symptoms to look out for to make sure you deal with trouble before it begins.

Surface cracking and discoloration

Exposure to different weather and climate conditions and dirt on the road on the road are some of the culprits responsible for deterioration of your fenders. Beyond just looking bad, though, these physical changes actual warn of a far greater danger-a weakening of the surface and structure of your fenders. In fact, more often than not, the discoloration is a result of a thinning or erosion of the layers that compose your fenders. This thinning and erosion is dangerous because it means that the fenders are much weaker and less capable of handling impact damage. An option once you start noticing discoloration is to buff up the area with polish. Even a coat of automotive paint helps to bolster the fender. If rust starts to form, however, you have little choice but to replace the entire fender.

Banging noises near the fender area

Apart from the surface of the fenders, the plastic attachment points are another point of vulnerability in the fenders. Damage to these points is difficult to detect if only one to three are actually broken. The reason there's a banging noise is because, when your vehicle is moving at speed, the wind passing along the sides cause strong vibrations that cause a "flapping" in those areas that have the attachment points broken off. A quick fix for this, short of a replacements is to carefully re-secure these attachment points with putty or any strong-yet impermanent-"filling" material.

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  • Keeping Your Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Fenders in Great Shape 04 March 2014

    Sure, you can drive around with a busted fender, but do you really want to? A Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 with a broken fender isn't something that you can easily accept. Long before you have to replace them, however, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that they stay clean, good-looking, and durable. These tips are among the simplest, and they're all you have to do to make sure you are driving around with a beautiful-looking, almost good-as-new set of fenders.

    • Inspect the fenders-by sight and by touch.
    • Most people, in passing, will at least remember to visually inspect the condition of their fenders. What you are looking out for are any signs of discoloration or fading. These are commonly indicators of damage to the paint job and finish, but in some cases, they are also a good indicator of the structural state that your fenders are in. It helps to also run your hand across the surface of your fenders. Any rough areas might be a signal of deterioration of the plastics used to make the fenders.
    • Thoroughly clean your fenders.
    • In the normal course of cleaning one's ride, many people actually tend to overlook or 'splash' over the fender area. At worst they simply pass the hose over the area or half-heartedly soap it down. The key is to carefully soap and wash down the component specifically. Equally important after is to carefully and thoroughly wipe it down to make sure that no moisture remains that can gather dirt or even amplify sunlight-slowly eroding the surface of the fender as it does.
    • Wax, wax, wax your fender down.
    • The key is to look for wax that doesn't just shine the fender's surface, but to look for one that offers a degree of protection from the elements as well. Turtle Wax is one such brand that has been around for quite some time already, and has proven itself the brand to beat. A great brand is nothing without proper application. Wipe a generous amount on the surface of the fender after cleaning and drying it. Let the wax sit for a bit before carefully buffing with a clean cloth for that shiny look.