Quick Fixes for Common Gripes with the Chevrolet Colorado License Plate Frame
License plate frames might seem like more of a pointless vanity product than anything else. But because vehicular identity is a very important thing with US law-enforcement agencies-try driving around without a license plate-these frames are actually a very worthwhile investment. True, they make even a thoroughly rugged ride like the Chevrolet Colorado look that bit more stylish, but they primarily serve to protect your plate from being beaten, bent, and broken off during one of your more hectic adventures. Because they're so small and inocuous relative to other parts of your pickup, it's not easy to determine whether or not your license plate frame is a bit on the fritz. Here are a few things that you can look out for:
Cracks and dents
There are actually two types of license plate frames out in the market that you can choose from. The cheaper ones are usually made of plastic, making them far more fragile. More often than not, they are easily scratched and cracked. The minute that you notice that cracks are forming across the surface of your frame, you can quick-fix it by applying epoxy putty to the damaged area. This usually stops the crack from lengthening and extends the lifespan of your frame a bit more. Alternatively, you can also just replace the whole thing because it isn't too expensive to begin with.
The more costly ones are those that are chromed or fully metallic. These are far sturdier and do not tend to be easily damaged. When they are damaged-usually by stones and pebbles on the road-it is usually manifested in a wide array of bumps and bends. Because they're more costly, it pays to perform some repairs on them with a rubber mallet to hammer out the dents.
You'll actually know that your frame has completely broken down when you hear it constantly clapping against your bumper as you drive. The sound is likely going to be a little high-pitched and constant due to the fact that it's a small part, and it is flapping in the wind. You could-hypothetically-repair the damage done to keep the frame useful. At this point, however, it might be a better idea to just replace it completely.