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Ford Explorer Nerf Bars

Upkeep Habits to Prolong the Lifespan of Your Ford Explorer Nerf Bars

Located at the foot of a truck's door, nerf bars make it easy for drivers and passengers to get into the vehicle. Without these, getting into your pickup will be kind of a struggle for you and can even lead to injury if you take the wrong step. That is why it's a must to keep your Ford Explorer nerf bars in prime condition. To do this, simply form these habits of caring for your nerf bars:

  • Detach the nerf bars to polish them thoroughly.

Although you can polish the nerf bars without removing them from the truck, you can only reach limited surfaces. Taking them off the vehicle for a while to polish them is the best way to go if you want to revive the shine on those bars. It also allows you to check if rust or any damage has formed on them. No need to worry about putting them back since nerf bars are quick and easy to install.

  • Eliminate dirt and grime with just soap and water.

Getting your nerf bars back in shape requires proper cleaning and maintenance. Good thing, they don't demand sophisticated tools and solutions to be cleansed. All you need is soap and water, and you're good to go. Even household items can be used to clean your truck's nerf bars. A steel wool, for example, works best for scrubbing contaminants off your chrome nerf bars. Just make sure that you grab the ultra-fine grade steel wool to prevent damaging the surface. Top if off with a quality wax to get your nerf bars looking sleek and shiny once again.

  • Preserve the suave finish of the non-skid step areas.

The nerf bars' non-skid rubber portions also deserve much of your attention. Though they are relatively small, the rubber or plastic non-skid step areas are the ones that are stepped on when getting into the vehicle, so they directly come in contact with dirty footwear of all sizes. Besides, constant foot traffic alone is enough to wear out and cause damage on the step pads.

One way to maintain the non-skid rubbers' finish is to coat it with some exterior shine spray every after wash. Select a shine spray that is powerful enough to leave a deep, black finish on non-skid rubbers, but one that doesn't make them slippery.

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  • Installing Ford Explorer Nerf Bars the Smart Way

    As the saying goes, a little help goes a long way. No matter how minor they may seem, your Ford Explorer nerf bars serve as your helping hand when climbing into your truck. When your nerf bars get worn over time, just imagine how risky it would be for your grandparents or your kids to climb into the vehicle's cabin because of its height. So to keep injuries away, here are some guides you can follow for a swift nerf bars installation:

    • Clean the entire truck before beginning with the installation.

    What better way to set up a new component than to start with a clean slate? Washing the vehicle removes impurities that can prevent you from accomplishing a successful installation. One reason is that dirt and debris can get into the crevices of your vehicle, making it difficult for the new part to fit in.

    When cleaning the vehicle, make sure you focus on the area near the doors, since that is where the nerf bars will be installed. Pay attention to the bolts and other joints nearby, as these might get corroded if you don't dry the surface completely. Use only clean rags when wiping the surface dry to avoid scratching the body of the vehicle.

    • Keep the bolts loose until you are done with all the steps.

    You need to follow the instructions based on the manual that came with your nerf bars' package. You may want to read through the whole procedure first before doing the first step. Once you are clear with how to perform the steps, remember that it's best to keep some of the bolts loose until you're ready to wrap up the installation. This enables you to make slight adjustments as you bolt everything together.

    • Test-fit the nerf bars before securing them in place.

    Observe your newly-bought Ford Explorer nerf bars and check each end of the board. By doing a trial fit, you can find out whether the part fits snugly against the truck body or if there's a gap somewhere. Even if most nerf bars are designed to fit a specific vehicle make and model, there can still be slight issues when it comes to fastening the side steps to your truck.