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Ford Crown Victoria Fender

Ford Crown Victoria Fenders: Common Gripes and Quick Fix Solutions

You Ford Crown Victoria is a ride with a great history-it's even used for a majority of America's police forces. As with every car, though, a great emphasis nowadays is placed on the overall look of the ride. Big contributors to that overall look are the fenders. More than that, however, the fenders also add a layer of lateral protection-keeping you safe from side impacts, and keeping the frame of your car from damage. If you want to keep your Crown Vic-as it is also known-in the best of shape, it's important to tend to your fenders. Here are a few things to look out for that might indicate damage or wear to your fenders, and what you can do about them.

Discoloration and fading

While the surfaces of your fenders are very sturdy and resilient against damage, lack of care often leads to discoloration and fading on the surface. The most common causes are prolonged exposure to the elements: heat in particular. Discoloration is a danger because it usually indicates that the whole fender's surface is vulnerable to further damage and even weakening. Further exposure could, in fact, lead to severe breakages or even structural collapse if left untreated.

The way to handle this problem is actually very simple. You start with inspecting both the front and rear of the damaged. If there is any corrosion in the rear, a replacement is in order as this quick-fix will only cover up growing damage. If the damage is just up front, you just need to clean it up and apply a coat of weatherproof wax.

Bumps and cracks

Bumps-no matter how big-are easy to fix up with modern fenders. All you need is a rubber mallet to hammer out the bump. Short of a full crumple, most fender benders are fixable. Cracks are the same-provided that you address even the tiniest ones early on. All you need to do is apply some epoxy putty to the area. This will stop the growth of the crack, and secure the fender from further damage.

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  • Maintaining Your Ford Crown Victoria Fender 27 February 2013

    The Ford Crown Victoria-or Crown Vic as it is affectionately called-is a very common sight on American roads. It is one of the most commonly used cars by police forces around the country. Hopefully your experience with the Crown Vic is limited to looking to it for comfort and safety, rather than fleeing it in terror. Now, one of the things that make the Vic iconic is its fenders. True, it might seem like a small consideration, but imagine the venerable Vic-or any automobile for that matter-without a nice set of fenders, and you know what we're talking about. That they protect your wheel wells and wheels from flying debris also means that your fenders are worth taking care of.

    Clean beyond clean.

    Sure, everyone who's anyone knows how to "clean" a car. But it's one thing to splash soap and water onto a car's body, and completely another to actually make sure that things are truly taken care of. When cleaning your fenders, you start out-yes-with a lot of soap and water. If you want to make sure that the fenders stay clean and look really good, you then dry them off and apply a coat of wax. Not just any wax, mind you. While it cost a teensy bit more, it does wonders to use weatherproof wax. After all, the fenders on your Crown Vic-and the rest of it, really-will be exposed to a whole lot of weather. Apart from discoloration and cracking of the paint, these external forces also weaken the fenders significantly.

    Deal with the damage.

    Another thing that you have to conscientiously do is deal with any damage on your fenders as soon as they happen. Even the smallest bit of damage can grow bigger and wreck your fender if left un-dealt-with. Cracks are the most common. Once you spot one, apply some epoxy putty to the area inside the fender. This will seal that crack up and not break the exterior look of your ride.