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Chevrolet S10 Bumper

Cleaning and Maintaining the Chevrolet S10 Bumper: 3 Tips and Tricks

The bumpers of the Chevrolet S10 are made of durable plastic or sheetmetal component, but like any other part that makes up the S10's exterior, these are still vulnerable to wear and damage. Scratches, fading or peeling of paint, dents, and cracks are just some of the headaches you will encounter with your Chevrolet S10 bumper throughout its lifetime. However, with proper and regular maintenance, you can prevent or at least mitigate these problems.

Do you want to keep the Chevrolet S10 bumper in good condition? Here are some tips to follow:

  • Use the right cleaning products.

When washing the bumper, it is highly recommended to use car shampoo diluted in warm water, as the solution is effective enough in removing dirt, dust, and stains off the surface without damaging its clear protective coating. You should also avoid using a brush, sponge, or a rag in applying the cleaning solution, as this may be too hard on the surface and leave tiny scratch marks. Instead, use a soft wash mitt or microfiber cloth.

  • Wax after every wash.

While washing the bumpers will clean it of debris, applying a coat car wax afterwards will help keep it that way. Aside from giving the surface a distinct sheen, the wax will also help repel dirt, moisture and harmful UV rays. Some wax products sold in the market today leave coat so tough it can absorb minor scratches and leave the paint untouched.

You can use a soft cloth to apply the wax to the bumper's surface, although if you have one accessible it is recommended to use a car buffer instead. Also, make sure to wax in a shaded area, a direct sunlight may cause the wax to dry up quickly and leave a noticeable residue on the surface.

  • When fixing cracks, use the right type of putty and adhesive.

Bumpers are made of different types of plastic with mind-boggling acronyms like PP, PPO, TPE, and TPUR. And for each type, there is a compatible putty or adhesive. So before you deal with that crack on your bumper, make sure that you are using a plastic adhesive or putty that's suitable for it. The bumper usually has a stamp inside indicating the type of plastic that it is made of; you can check that if you are unsure.

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  • Installing the Chevrolet S10 Bumper: Tips You Can Use

    While you can certainly have it done by a mechanic, installing a new Chevrolet S10 bumper on your car is not that difficult even for newbies. Replacement bumpers are often sold as a kit, which includes the instruction manual as well as the brackets and hardware necessary to mount the bumper into place. You will also only need tools that are usually found in most car tool boxes including wrenches and screwdrivers.

    Below are some helpful tips on how to install a new bumper on the Chevrolet S10:

    Tip #1: Check all of the inclusions in the kit.

    Chevrolet S10 bumper kits usually include a manual detailing all of the included parts and hardware, so make sure to cross-check with the list to see if everything is included. Most manufacturers will ship any missing parts or hardware free of charge.

    Tip #2: Do not re-use old hardware.

    The bolts, nuts, and fasteners that are included in the kit are designed expressly for the bumper, so you'll less likely to have fitment issues with these compared to reusing the old ones from your old bumper. What's more, bolts and nuts weaken over time, so even if they appear to be in good condition, they will succumb to wear and corrosion sooner than a new set of hardware. If you just can't let go of the old hardware because they still look fine, then just save them for future use.

    Tip #3: Loosen rusted bolts with penetrating oil spray.

    The location of the bumper makes it constantly exposed to mud and dirt, so it's not surprising for the bolts to acquire a layer of rust over time. And while a bit of corrosion is normal, too much of it can make removal of the bolts difficult if not impossible to do.

    If you are having trouble with rusted bolts and nuts, try spraying them with penetrating oil like WD-40. The oil should seep through the gaps and the thread, breaking down the rust particles and minimizing friction between the metal parts. You can also scrub the bolts with a wire brush to remove huge flakes of rust.