When Dodge Caravan Fenders Go Dodgy
The fender of a car acts like an extended bumper that covers the side of the front end, just above the tires. But unlike the bumpers, it can easily be damaged because of the fender's sheer thinness. Sheet metal or plastic used on a fender is usually very thin and can easily be dented or dinged. If a fender on your car has been damaged, the amount of work and money needed to repair it will depend on the damage. There are many ways to repair various fender problems. These are just some of the mishaps where the fenders can get entangled in.
Given the position of the fenders, it is one of the most exposed exterior parts to damage. While the car is moving alongside other vehicles, flying debris directed to the fenders could chip off the paint. This won't be noticeable at first. However, as time passes, the paint slowly peels away more and more. This is bad, aesthetically speaking. But a re-application of paint on the troubled area could easily solve this problem. Nevertheless, this must be responded to right away because it may lead to greater problems which will be discussed later on.
Since the fender situated on the front side of the vehicle, the fender is usually caught in the middle of collisions, may they be minor or major. Dents aren't scars that should be left to heal. They must be attended to immediately. Since the fenders are quite thin, expect to do most of your exterior detailing along this part.
In connection to the first mishap, rust could easily accumulate on the fenders. Once the paint gets chipped off and the raw metal skin of the car is exposed, rust will eventually set in. Fenders are usually primered before they are installed to combat this very scenario. Then, another layer of paint, usually the body paint, is applied for a dual layer of protection during installation. However, if the damage is deep enough, the primer might get peeled on a certain area. Rust needs just one small sample size in order to wreak havoc. Therefore, it's best to re-apply primer on the fender during repairs before it gets painted with another layer.