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Chrysler Sebring Fender

Common Problems with the Chrysler Sebring Fender

Keeping the vital components of your engine protected and making sure that your rotating tires don't spew rocks and dirt all over the road are made possible with the help of your fenders. However, with all the abuse that fenders take, they are bound to have a few problems from time to time. Here are some of the usual issues that owners encounter with their Chrysler Sebring fender:

Tires rubbing on fenders

If you have recently lowered your vehicle or gotten some bigger tires, then there's a big chance that you have a problem with your tires rubbing on your inner fenders. Aside from producing an annoying noise, your fenders might also be damaged by your hot tires whenever they rub together. This issue can usually be resolved by rolling or trimming the fenders to get more space beneath the wheel wells. There are also some people who make use of body spacers, camber kits, or fender alignment kits to keep the fenders away from the tires.

Rust holes

As with other body panels, fenders also experience a lot of issues with corrosion. Especially because of the fenders' location and purpose, they are more susceptible to rust caused by the buildup of dirt and moisture. Different methods can be used to repair the rust holes depending on the size and severity of the damage. For really big rust holes, you will have to cut the corroded area and patch it up with some fender patch panels. However, for smaller holes, a rust remover and an epoxy or body filler might be enough to repair the damage.

Cracks, dents, and chipping paint

Since fenders are designed to protect more important components of your Sebring, they are also among the parts that acquire the most damage from minor collisions and parking lot accidents. If your fenders have developed a few cracks from fender-benders, you can use some body fillers to seal the gaps. Small dents can usually be popped back up using a heat gun or an ordinary hairdryer. However, paint that has chipped off is a bit more difficult to tackle, since your fenders would require a lot of prep work for the paint job to last.

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  • Keeping Your Chrysler Sebring Fender in Perfect Shape

    Each Chrysler Sebring fender doesn't just protect your car and the other vehicles on the road from the dirt and rocks spewed by your rotating tires; they also improve the visual impact of your vehicle. However, cracks, dents, and rust on your fenders can easily damage the looks of your Sebring. Follow these tips to keep your fenders in good shape:

    Remove rust spots as soon as possible.

    Before the speck of rust on your fenders becomes a huge rust hole, take care of it immediately. Spray some WD-40 or any other rust inhibitor on the corroded area and sand it to remove any remnants of rust. You can fill up tiny holes with a body filler to strengthen your fenders again. Visually inspect your fenders on a regular basis to make sure that you will be able to act at the first sign of corrosion.

    Roll or trim your fenders if they are rubbing on your tires.

    The heat from your tires can damage your fenders if they come in contact with your tires. To make sure that your tires don't rub on your inner fenders, you can roll or trim the fender lips. Trimming the fenders requires a lot more skill, so if you are a rookie when it comes to body panels, rolling the fenders using a commercial fender roller and a heat gun would be a better option.

    Remedy light scratches before they get worse.

    Scratches that can barely be seen might seem trivial, but leaving them untreated can result in more visible damage to your fenders in the long run. If your fenders have scratches that don't ruin the paint, apply a clearcoat polishing compound on the damaged area to restore protection to the surface of your fenders.

    Prep your fenders properly before painting them.

    If you're fixing your fender's paint job, make sure to go through the proper preparation first. A complete prep job usually involves sanding, cleaning, and priming the surface of your fenders. Painting on a smooth, even surface will create a more polished look and a lasting paint job.