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.
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.
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.