Troubleshooting Tips for Dodge Grand Caravan Bumper Covers
Dodge Grand Caravan's bumper covers are meant to protect your vehicle from dents and damage. They are typically made from tough steel or durable plastic to ensure that they can withstand incredible forces. But what happens when your bumper cover becomes a problem rather than a protective accessory? Over time, your bumper cover may develop cracks or rust due to the damaging elements that it is exposed to. Here's our unsolicited advice on diagnosing the common problems that you might encounter with your bumper cover:
Cracked bumper cover
This is a common bumper cover problem, and the factors that could cause it to crack or break are pretty obvious. Since the bumper cover is exposed to all kinds of weather and all types of road debris, then expect that at one point, it will eventually give in to wear and tear. So if you notice a huge crack that might cause the bumper cover to be unstable, repair or replace the damage part immediately to ensure that it won't fall off while you are on the road.
If lately you've been hearing a weird, metallic clunking sound on the front-end of your vehicle, might as well check if there are any loose bolts in the bumper cover. Since it is usually held into place by bolts and screws only, chances are, they would become loose as the mounting hardware succumb to premature wear. Tighten loose bolts with a wrench and replace the worn-out parts to ensure that the bumper cover is secured.
If you have a primered bumper cover-chrome, black, or colored-then expect the paint to flake after a couple of years. Paint flaking is usually due to the varied weather conditions that could cause the paint to tarnish and to flake. When this happens, you could either repaint your bumper cover or replace it with a new one. Repainting it is an easy task; all you need is to clean it first and sand it up. Afterwards, you can apply the primer coat and sand it again for the finishing touches. When the surface is already smooth, you can now paint the basecoat and the new paint.