A Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD push bar aims to protect the sensitive components found at the front of your vehicle. It covers the light assembly and the grille. Plus, it provides a more rugged appeal for your truck to make it stand out among the others. But there will come a time when this component breaks down. When it begins to show signs and symptoms of failure, you should be ready to troubleshoot. Finding the culprits behind the problems is the best way that you can do to determine the right solutions.
Some push bars are made of lightweight metals, which are very prone to corrosion. Since these bars are located at the car's exterior, they are constantly exposed to moisture and heat. Such weather factors can cause rust. Rust is very easy to recognize especially if the color of your push bars is silver or white. You should inspect not just the outer parts but the inner area as well, because corrosion begins to develop there. Check the mounting bolts and screws too. Once they get rusty, they can get stuck.
When push bars are installed incorrectly, they may cast shadows and obstruct your vehicle's lighting. This could be very dangerous especially when you're driving at night or on harsh weather conditions. To check for lighting problems caused by your push bars, take your Silverado inside your garage. Turn off the house lights and start running your engine. Turn your headlights and fog lights on and observe for unusual shadows. If the push bars are overhanging at the edge of the vehicle, you must remove them and adjust in such a way that they don't block the lighting assemblies.
There are laws that prohibit the use of push bars on large and heavy vehicles. These bars, once installed in trailer and dump trucks, can lead to serious physical injuries among pedestrians. Plus, the front profile of these huge vehicles is flat. Installing push bars won't be possible unless major modifications are made. But if you still insist on adding these components, make sure to follow certain guidelines and rules implemented in your state. Get the precise measurement of your bars. According to the rules, push bars on large vehicles should have large radii. Know which kind of material is used in your push bar. Install bars that are made of lightweight components such as plastics.