Chevrolet Express 1500 Bumpers
Chevrolet Express 1500 Bumpers: Common Troubles and Quick Fixes
For something that's supposed to take the hits on your Chevrolet Express 1500, we can bet that you wouldn't live down a scratch anywhere along its length. That's perfectly understandable, of course. Bumpers have come a long way from their purely utilitarian origins. Today they're an integral part of the overall look of any ride. The key, of course, to making sure that your bumper stays in the best condition is to deal with problems as-or preferably, before-they even happen. There are quite a few things that you can look out for that clue you in to your bumper's state. We present the most common-and even include the quick fixes you can perform.
Cracks and bumps
Bumpers used to be long strips of very heavy metal that were near difficult to repair or rehash. Today, however, we have carbon fiber or ever plastic affairs that lend themselves well to damage control and refurbishing.
Cracks should always be dealt with well in advance. Even the smallest cracks should be treated with a spot of epoxy putty to make sure they don't grow any longer or wider. Apply the epoxy putty in the interior of the bumper to avoid ruining the appearance of the bumper. A great preventive measure is to coat the surface of the bumper with weatherproof wax. This minimizes the effect of climate conditions on the structure of your bumper.
Bumps are slightly more difficult to deal with, but repairs are still a do-able prospect. All you need is a rubber mallet. Apply gentle taps on the interior to push the bumps out. This method effectively counters the bumps that develop on the surface.
Over time, the attachment points that hold your bumper to your ride weaken or even break away completely. When this happens, the best course of action is to temporarily secure the bumper with putty. This will keep it from breaking off and causing a major accident. Ultimately, however, it is best to replace the attachment point as repairing a weakened part doesn't really fully restore the security of the hold.