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Chevrolet Tahoe Bumper

Important Maintenance Info You Should Know for the Chevrolet Tahoe Bumper

Because they are constantly exposed to the elements, the bumpers of your Chevrolet Tahoe along with the rest of the body panels are high susceptible to wear and damage. This is why it is important for the bumpers to be maintained at a regular basis to minimize wear and keep these panels in top condition.

  • Avoid using dishwashing liquid in washing the bumpers.

Many car owners make the mistake of using ordinary dishwashing liquid in cleaning their car. While it is indeed cheaper than commercial car cleaners, dishwashing liquid can actually do more harm than good as it tends to strip away the protective wax from the surface of the Chevrolet Tahoe bumper. Instead, invest in some high-quality car shampoo as it is specifically designed for cleaning the vehicle's bumpers and the rest of its body panels.

  • Buff out minor scratches.

Minor scuffs and scratches can easily be removed using buffing compound. Choose a compound that closest to the color of your car, and apply it to the surface using a car buffer. For deeper scratches, you may need to apply filler first before applying the compound.

  • Clean up tar with penetrating soil.

Road tar can be difficult to remove from the bumpers especially when it has dried, but it is possible with a bit of silicone-based penetrating oil. Simply spray the stained areas with the oil and let it sit for several minutes before wiping with a rag. Make sure to wash and polish the bumpers afterwards to remove the oil residue.

  • Pop back dents with hot water.

Dents caused by bumper benders can be quite expensive to fix, but if the dent did not penetrate the panel you can try popping back out with hot water. With the wheel well removed, pour hot water directly onto the dented area. Next, reach out under and behind the bumper and try and push it back out; the bumper should be soft enough for you to do this. Once the bumper is back in place, pour cold water over it to harden the panel. You can also try the same technique with a hair dryer, although this would take longer for the panel to heat up.

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  • A Handy Guide In Installing a Chevrolet Tahoe Bumper

    Far from the steel metal bars found in its predecessors, the bumper found in the modern-day Chevrolet Tahoe is mostly made of ABS plastic, making it less rigid but in exchange of being easier to install. In fact, most aftermarket bumpers sold today come in kits, containing everything needed to mount the new bumper onto place.

    Whether it's to replace a damaged bumper or moving up to a custom one, installing a new Chevrolet Tahoe bumper is not as difficult as it sounds. In this guide, we've listed down some helpful installation tips you can use when mounting front or rear bumpers on the Chevy Tahoe.

    Tip #1: Sand and clean the bumpers before painting.

    Bumpers often come out of the packaging with a pre-primed coating and may have several bumps and rough spots. Wash the bumpers first with your preferred car detergent and warm water to remove any dust and any chemicals left over during the molding process, followed by wet-sanding with a fine grit sandpaper to get rid of any irregularities on the surface. Once it's dried, we recommend painting it at this point as it will markedly difficult to paint it once it's mounted onto the truck.

    Tip #4: Remove the wheel well liners.

    Detaching the wheel well liners will allow you to better access the bumper retaining bolts. Use a screwdriver to unhook any rivets holding the wheel well in place and take a wrench and loosen the bolts attaching the bumper to the wheel well. This task is best done while under the vehicle, so have the front or rear end lifted with a hydraulic or scissor jack.

    Tip #3: Test fit the bumpers.

    Although you might be excited to finally see your new bumper in place, test fitting it first lets you determine if anything will hinder it from mounting properly onto the truck and whether you may need to make modifications to ensure a perfect fit. With the old bumper removed, have someone help you lift both ends of the new bumper and put it in place. Mark any areas where drilling, shaving, or any modifications are needed with a temporary marker.