Diagnosis of Common Dodge Caravan Emblem Problems
Your Dodge Caravan emblem is what sets your vehicle apart from the others. Similar to a distinct hood, windshield, or grille, it is a unique symbol that identifies a car model. An emblem, or a badge, is sometimes removed by car owners for a number of different reasons. An owner might want his car to look sleek and his car's body to appear seamless. Other people have business-related reasons. However, a proud Caravan owner will take care of the emblem and display it proudly on his vehicle, and with good reason, as its name carries the history of the vehicle. You will find out that you aren't going to encounter too many problems with your emblem. Most of it has to do with damage, scratches, or rust. Here are the possible issues you might encounter when it comes to your emblem and how to diagnose and address them:
Visible scratches on the emblem
A clouded and scratched emblem sticks out like a sore thumb. To fix it, you will need to determine how deep each scratch has gone. A simple visual inspection will tell you whether the scratches on the emblem are minor or deep. Minor scratches are made by bushes or even people accidentally bumping into your car. You only need to polish them, and you can do this by applying a bit of polishing compound to the emblem. Wash it afterwards, and check if the scratches are still visible. Once they're gone, apply regular car wax to the emblem to make it shine.
For deep scratches, a touch-up paint job is needed. A good way to go about it would be to get a touch-up paint that matches the color of the emblem. Most emblems are colored silver, so make sure to find one that matches yours. Use a sharp toothpick when touching up thin scratches. You'll need to apply a layer of clear coat that usually comes with the paint after performing the touch-up.
Dirt underneath the emblem
Seeing dirt form around and underneath the emblem might not startle most car owners. However, for the ones who are really conscious about how their car looks, this is an issue they'd willingly solve. Look for dust and grime that have formed around the letters of your emblem. If you have the time, you can carefully remove the emblem and clean the area underneath it. You can reattach the emblem later with some adhesive.