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Dodge Durango Bumper Reinforcement

Diagnosing Difficulties with the Dodge Durango Bumper Reinforcement

Is there any way one can possibly make the already rugged Dodge Durango even more rugged? If you're the type whose adventures require a lot of body reinforcement-or you just like erring on the side of caution-a bumper reinforcement is a great investment. It's a simple attachment to your bumper that absorbs a great amount of impact force, keeping you safe and sound inside your SUV. Now, with that sort of strength, you'd imagine that your bumper reinforcement doesn't need much looking into. That's true, but as with all parts, it pays to be vigilant. When you notice the following symptoms starting to occur, it might be high time you considered working your reinforcement over.

Rust, rust, and more rust

The biggest symptom of a nearly busted bumper reinforcement is the build up of rust-it might also be a sign that you purchased a poorly made one. As with all things, rust tends to weaken the structure of the bumper reinforcement. If the rust forms close to where it attaches to the bumper, you run the very real risk of it falling off-possibly taking a chunk of the bumper it's attached to. Once you notice the slightest hint of rust forming, try to scrape it off if you can, and apply a weather-resistant wax onto the surface of the reinforcement. Failing that, you would do well to bring it to the shop where you purchased it to seek for a replacement.

Cracking and discoloration

For those bumper reinforcements that are made of polyurethane or fiberglass, you wouldn't need to worry about rust at all. The concern you have to attend to will be cracking or discoloration due to heat, cold, rain, impact by small objects, or even minor accidents. These might not be as serious as rust damage but, if left unattended, could result in the same thing: your bumper reinforcement might simply fall off. For cracks, epoxy putty helps to seal it up real quick. For discoloration, a coat of all-weather paint will not only make it look good again but also make it more resistant to the same kind of damage.

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  • How to Keep Your Dodge Durango Bumper Reinforcement in Great Shape

    There was a time when bumpers actually simply absorbed impact, and were as disposable to reflect its purely utilitarian use. Nowadays, with bumpers painted up, they've become essential to the overall look and feel of any vehicle-more so for the Dodge Durango, however, as its bumper is very prominent. Bumper reinforcement is like a bumper for your bumper-providing an extra layer of protection to ensure that your bumper stays damage-free for a much longer period of time. Like any part, it helps keep your Dodge Durango bumper reinforcement well-maintained to prevent deterioration over time. Here are a couple of simple things that you can do:

    Keep it clean.

    The most basic way to ensure that your bumper reinforcement lasts much longer is to clean it more often. Since it is positioned up-front and prominent, you can clean it as you would clean your bumper. Use a light cloth that isn't too abrasive so as not to scratch the surface, and pair that with any cleaning solution that you would normally use around the house. Most people worry that they might damage the paint of the reinforcement when they clean it, but the truth is that the paints used for these things are very water-resistant. Waxing is also advisable if the bumper reinforcement you have is not of the urethane variety-these resist waxing and are, in fact, damaged by it. If you have the fiberglass type of bumper reinforcement-wax away!

    Check the attachment points.

    These are the area where the bumper reinforcement is most vulnerable. Check not only the bolts that secure the reinforcement in place, but also the protruding metal attachment hooks where the bolts attach. With the bolts, it's all about looking the bolt over-any noticeable damage to the threading of the bolt is a tell-tale sign of weakness. With the hooks, it's all about bending and distortion. Once you notice that even one attachment point is weakening, it might be time to consider a new set of bolts to hold it securely in place.