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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.

Loose connections

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.

  • How to Keep Your Chevrolet Express 1500 Bumpers in the Best Shape

    A reliable van like the Chevrolet Express 1500 needs a strong and stable set of bumpers to allow it to perform its duties with the highest safety standards. While bumpers are primarily for your safety, nowadays they also contribute to the total look of your van. Admit it, you couldn't stand having your bumpers nicked and dinged, and would hate to see it deteriorate. That's why it's important to keep your bumpers well-maintained. Fortunately, that isn't such a difficult task-in fact, you likely include your bumpers in every car wash. There are a few ways, however, to do a better job of keeping things clean.

    Shine those scratches away

    The first, most simple step towards bumper maintenance is dealing with all those scratches and dings by caring for the state and condition of the bumpers as often as you can. It's easy to do, but first things first: you have to figure whether your bumper is plastic or the chromed variety. The plastic type of bumper is fairly easy to maintain. You do start with a traditional soap and ware wash. For extra mileage, it's a good idea to wax it with any weather-proof waxes out in the market-this keeps it from fading and discoloring over time. Any scratches you can encounter on your plastic bumper can be dealt with by applying simple over-the-counter scratch removers.

    Chrome is slightly more complicated because they're designed to truly shine. Apart from the normal cleaning process using water and soap, it's important to always polish and buff it. There are available chrome waxes out there that make your chrome bumper shine. But to really bring out that bright potential, you need a wire brush with wire bristles and a clean rag. The wire brush preps the bumper for polishing and the clean rag buffs things out.

    Repair small damage to prevent big ones

    As your bumper bumps and is-in turn, bumped-it will start to get cracked. If left unattended, these cracks grow longer and eventually cause your bumper to collapse. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to deal with the cracks even when they're still very small. One simple fixer-upper you can use is epoxy putty. A small amount applied inside the bumper at the area of damage is enough to keep it from growing.