Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Nerf Bars
Steps to Follow on Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Nerf Bars Maintenance
Just like any other accessory in your truck, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 nerf bar requires a bit of maintenance every now and then. Because of their location in the vehicle, nerf bars are highly exposed to road debris and natural elements and will rapidly succumb to wear if not cleaned and maintained periodically. To help you out, here are some key maintenance steps to follow for the nerf bars in your Chevy Silverado.
- Lubricate the mounting points and metal-to-metal connections.
Rattling or thumping noises coming from the nerf bars are caused by one of the bar's metal parts rubbing another part or from loose hardware. To prevent this, tighten the loose hardware and coat a layer of lubricant around the mounting points and other parts of the bar where metal-to-metal contacts occur. This will help minimize friction and noise. You can use white lithium as lubricant, as it lasts longer compared to other types of grease. But if it is not available, then regular grease is just fine.
- Clean up rust spots on chrome bars with aluminum foil.
Although a rare occurrence, rust spots can still appear on chrome-plated nerf bars, especially if they are not cleaned often. Thankfully, cleaning up these spots can be as easy as rubbing them with aluminum foil. Simply ball up the aluminum foil, dip it in undiluted white vinegar or cola, and scrub the rusted areas. The aluminum and acid from the vinegar/cola will cause the rust particles to break down into smaller particles for easy cleanup.
- Make sure that the bolts are tightened according to the recommended torque.
As a rule of thumb, most mounting bolts for nerf bars are designed to be tightened at 65 foot-pounds; you can check with your nerf bar's manual to confirm this. Tightening the bolts beyond this recommended torque will result in damage to the threads, brackets, and even the step pads themselves. Because of this, it is recommended to tighten the bolts using a torque wrench, as using an impact wrench or a similar power tool makes it all too easy to over-tighten these bolts.