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Dodge Durango Bumper Bracket

Diagnosing Problems with Your Dodge Durango Bumper Bracket-and Some Quick-Fix Solutions

That your Dodge Durango has such a huge bumper up front is a really good thing. After all, bumpers are invaluable partners in the overall safety of your SUV-absorbing a lot of the impact in an accident so you don't have to. Equally important, however, are the bumper brackets that hold them in place. Though small, non-descript, and barely noticed, these brackets play the all important role of making sure that the bumper is there when it's needed. Because they're recessed behind the bumper, it's easy to ignore the fact that they're there. There are a couple of symptoms that you can look out for to determine that you need to fix them up real quick.

A nasty case of the rattles

When bumper brackets are worn out, their hold on the bolts that secure the bumper in place weaken. When this happens, you'll start to notice that-at any speed-there is a small rattling sound up front. This is normally caused by the bolt-or whatever is used to secure the bumper-continuously slamming into the bracket. It is dangerous to allow this to continue because, given enough force, your bumper might simply tear itself off. A simple fix is actually to re-secure the bolt if possible-that is, if the bracket is still in good shape. Failing that, you could bolster the damaged area with a copious amount of industrial-grade putty that will harden to secure the attachment. Note, however, that this quick-fix might make it difficult to access the bumper bracket later!

A badly sagging bumper

When damage to the bracket is sufficient, you skip over the rattle noise because the bumper is likely sagging up front, barely holding on to the bracket. This is actually a rare occurrence, and should only happen in the most extreme cases-as, say, when the bracket is already completely torn off. If left untended-to, the imbalance in weight-caused by the rest of the brackets supporting more than they are rated for-might actually hasten the loss of the entire bumper. It's actually not a smart thing to quick-fix anything at this point-a replacement of all the damaged parts is a must.

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

    Bumper brackets are the hidden player keeping your bumper securely in place. This is all the more important with the Dodge Durango. If you've ever seen the Durango, it has a huge and prominent bumper jutting out up front like a chin. It's the humble bumper bracket that's keeping it securely in place. Everyone knows that they need to clean and maintain their bumper-it's very visible and hard to miss, after all. What few people realize is that it's equally important to keep your bumper bracket in tip-top shape. Here are the simple ways you can do that:

    Clean it up-but not too much.

    It's easy to neglect the cleanliness and general condition of bumper brackets because people get so focused on the bumper itself. That's understandable considering that to get to the brackets necessitates taking the bumper down-hence why you should not clean it too often because it can weaken the brackets. Once a year, at least, take down the bumper and thoroughly clean the brackets to make sure there is no build up of dirt and mud.

    Lubricate with oil.

    Right off the bat, it needs to be said that your Dodge Durango bumper bracket does not need lubrication per se to function-there are no moving parts after all. The oil is used to combat icing. Yes, you read that right. Icing can form up in and around the bracket-especially for those of you living in colder, Northern states. Icing makes the brackets brittle and more prone to breaking off. A liberal application of lubricant creates a layer of protection that resist icing conditions.

    Change out the bolts or clips.

    Even if they don't show any signs of damage or wear yet, it's always a good idea to change out the attaching bolts or clips every year or so too. This is a preventive measure more than anything else that allows you to maximize the service life of both the bumper and the bumper bracket that is holding it in place. It's always better-and certainly more economical to err on the side of caution.