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Dodge Durango Bumper

Diagnosing Trouble with Your Dodge Durango Bumper-and What You Can Do About It

If there's one thing that you immediately notice about the Dodge Durango, it's that it has a huge bumper up front. That's a good thing, of course-all the better to absorb impact with. The bumper is such an integral part of safety-not to mention good taste-that it's impossible to conceive of anyone wanting to let their bumper fall apart. While it's admittedly a rare thing for a bumper to simply up and fall off, it does happen. The trick to heading off disaster before it arrives is to be attentive to the symptoms.

Rattling up front

The first clear sign that your bumper might be in trouble is if you start to hear rattling up front and below. The most vulnerable points, you see, on a bumper are at the junction where it attaches to the body of your Durango. When the rattling gets really loud, there is a very good chance that the bumper is nearing the end of its service life. What you can do at this point-short of replacing the whole bumper-is to reinforce the attachment points. Surprisingly enough, putty serves as an affordable and effective quick fix.

Micro cracks on the surface

Micro cracks-usually no greater than a couple of millimeters-are deceptive little dangers. Apart from the fact that they are difficult to spot via cursory examination, these tiny cracks give you the false impression that they're nothing to worry about. The thing with micro cracks is that they tend to slowly grow bigger and longer when subjected to constant vibration-which is what you get any time the Durango is running! Putty and even some epoxies can be used in a pinch to stem their growth. In fact, you can apply these from the inside so they are unnoticeable by everyone else.

Discoloration or gloss-loss

The least common symptom of bumper trouble is discoloration on the surface or a loss of the glossy look. This is usually due to localized heat damage. So long as the damage does not extend deep into the structure of the bumper-and you can check the interior of the bumper for this-a simple re-paint will do nicely.

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  • Tip-Top Tips for Keeping your Dodge Durango Bumper in Tip-Top Shape

    Nowadays, a lot of people tend to forget that bumpers are called bumpers because they were specifically designed to be bumped. Well, they're designed to absorb impact, to be more specific, yet the slightest damage to them drives people up the wall and scrambling to get it fixed. Especially Dodge Durango owners-they have their bumpers prominently displayed for all to see. This attitude might come off as prissy, but it might just be the kind of mindset to adapt to help a bumper last a long time. If you're the type that wants not a scratch on your bumpers, here are a few tips you can follow:

    Clean carefully.

    You probably knew the "clean" part already, right? It's actually the carefully that is critical here. Most people, in cleaning their bumpers end up damaging it worse. So, to start off: never dry-wipe your bumper. No matter how soft the cloth, if you wipe dirt while the cloth is dry, you risk having the tiny dirt particles slide across the bumper's surface, and scratching it badly. If the dirt you are trying to clean off is particularly thick, wet the area and give time for the dirt to moisten up before wiping it away. Some people even advice "dabbing" gently on the surface.

    Wax on.

    If you aren't too keen on the extra work of waxing your bumper, now is a good time to start developing the habit. With the right-weather-proof, moisture-proof-kind of wax, you add a layer of protection over your bumper and even keep it shiny. If you already like the idea of waxing, it's important to clean the bumper thoroughly and to dry it vigorously before applying any wax. With a good coat of wax every three months, your bumper can stay shiny and look like new for a long time.

    Mend often.

    Don't ignore the little cracks and damages that form on the surface of your bumper. These little cracks, over time-and with constant vibration-can grow much bigger and longer if left unattended. There are custom-made and sold bumper repair kits. Putty and even duct tape can serve as a quick fix if time and money don't allow. The point is to do damage control early on enough!