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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Fender

Essential Things You Should Know in Maintaining the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Fender

From botched parking jobs to corrosion, the fenders of your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 have a lot of enemies. But care and regular maintenance can go a long way in keeping these problems at bay. In this guide, you'll find some essential tips and little-known tricks to keep the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 fender at its best.

  • Use the right products in washing the fenders.

For starters, stick to car shampoo. While it is cheaper to use dish soap or other cleaning products you have lying around, these are not meant for cleaning the fenders. In fact, some of these products may even strip the fender's protective finish, exposing it further to fading and damage. You can use a sponge or a soft-bristled brush to apply the shampoo, as these will not leave scratch marks on the fender.

  • Car wax is your friend.

Applying car wax is just as important as washing the fenders. Aside from making the fender surfaces shinier, car wax also helps repel stains, dirt, and moisture. Some wax products may even have UV-blocking compounds that protect the fender against fading due to constant exposure to the sun.

  • Don't park the truck in the open overnight.

Leaving your truck outside will expose it to rain, snow, bug and bird stains, vandals, and, in the case of parking at the side of the street, body damage caused by swiping against other vehicles. So keep the truck inside a covered garage or if that is not possible, at least enclose it in a high quality car cover every night.

  • Use a plunger to pop out minor dents.

Dents on the fender can be quite obvious and expensive to repair, but if the extent of the dent is minimal and did not penetrate beyond the finish, you can try popping it back into place using an ordinary bathroom plunger. Simply press the plunger against the dent and once the suction is engaged, pull until the fender pops back into its original form. You can also heat up the dented surface first with hot water or a hair dryer to make the fender more malleable.

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  • Three Key Tips You Can Use When Replacing the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Fender

    Whether it's caused by a traffic mishap or a bad case of corrosion, replacing a damaged fender on your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is something you shouldn't put off. Aside from being an integral part of your truck's exterior, the fenders also keep the vehicle aerodynamic and shield the engine bay, wheel, and wheel well from road debris that are kicked up while driving at high speeds. So once one or both of the fenders are gone, it must be replaced as soon as possible.

    Installing a new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 fender can be daunting for first timers, but the process is pretty straightforward. Here are some tips to make the process easier:

    Tip #1: Unhook the battery cables.

    Detaching the old fender will also require removal of headlights and other electrical components, so it is best to disconnect the negative battery cable beforehand to prevent electric shock. For the same reason, the ignition and start switch should also be on the off position, and all electrical loads must be turned off before handling any electrical component in your vehicle.

    Tip #2: Loosen the trim pieces with adhesive remover.

    The trim pieces surrounding the fender can be difficult to remove on its own as they are secured in place by industrial-grade adhesive backing. Instead, apply commercial adhesive remover first onto the trim before attempting to pry it off. The adhesive remover should be able to soften the adhesive enough for you to pull out the trim without bending it. You can also use the same technique with lacquer thinner, although you will need to be extra careful as it may strip the paint off the fender and adjacent body panels.

    Tip#3: Check the fit along the hood rails.

    A new fender is rarely a perfect fit without resorting to some degree of alterations along the way. And one way you can gauge the fit of the fender on your truck is through the hood rails. The hood rails are where the hood rests when closed and on which top of the fender will be bolted onto, so getting a correct fit in this area is essential to prevent the fender edge from blocking the hood from closing and ensuring a weather-proof seal of the engine bay and the wheel well area.