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Ford F-250 Fender

Key Maintenance Tips in Keeping Your Ford F-250 Fender in Good Condition

Most Ford F-250 owners make the mistake of paying attention to their truck's fenders only when they need replacing. On the contrary, the Ford F-250 fenders need constant care and maintenance to ensure that they look their best for many years to come.

The following are some maintenance tips to keep your F-250 fender in good condition:

  • Wash the fenders regularly.

Like the rest of your truck's exterior body panels, washing the fenders will go a long way in keeping it in pristine condition and protecting it against scratches and rust. Ideally, you should wash the fenders by hand, as automatic car washes will not be as thorough in cleaning the fender. What's more, drive-in car washes tend to use brushes with hard bristles that leave noticeable marks on the fender surface.

When cleaning the fenders, we recommend doing so in a shaded area; washing them under the heat of the sun may cause them to evaporate too quickly and leave streaks.

  • Use a plunger to "pop out" dents.

Dents are a common foe of fenders, but if the damage is not that serious, you can try to "pop" it back in with a bathroom plunger. Simply stick the plunger onto the dented area and pull to restore it to its original shape. If the dent is particularly stubborn, you can pour hot water on the dent before using the plunger. Keep in mind that this will only work if the dent is no larger than the plunger and that panel was not pierced through.

  • Remove minor scratches with a buffing compound.

Scratches are another problem associated by fenders, but if the damage is isolated into the fender's protective clear coating, you might still fix it with buffing compound kit. Choose a compound that matches the color of your truck and apply it in a circular motion using the pad provided with the kit. Do not use an electric polisher, as they are powerful enough to easily strip the protective coating of the fender without constant supervision.

  • Remove road tar with penetrating oil.

It's a common advice to remove road tar with a commercial tar remover solution, but if you have penetrating oil spray lying around you can use that instead. Penetrating oil works the same way as tar remover in breaking down the tar, but it is cheaper and less harsh on the fender's coating.

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  • Tips on Installing the Ford F-250 Fender

    Whether it is from a traffic mishap or a bad case of corrosion, a badly damaged fender lowers the value of your F-250, thus it should be replaced immediately. You can usually have fenders removed and replaced in auto repair shops; but if you have the necessary tools at home, installing the fender is easy enough for you to do. Although it can be a bit messy, installing a Ford F-250 fender will save you money and let you know your truck's inner workings a little better. And here are some tips that might help you out:

    Tip #1: Check the fender for shipping damage.

    You might be excited to mount that brand new fender onto the sides of your truck, but it is wise to check it first for damage incurred during shipping. Shipping damage is an all too common problem with fenders, and it will be hard to have it refunded or replaced by the manufacturer if the fender has been modified or scratched in any way.

    Once it's out of its packaging, check for dents, punctures, and bends in the panel. You should make sure that all of the accessories mentioned in the manual are included in the box.

    Tip #2: Remove the headlights and turn signals.

    Taking the lights out before installing the fender will give you additional room to fit and adjust the panel into place. This will also prevent you from accidentally damaging the lights when mounting the fenders

    Tip #3: Shave in small steps than with big ones.

    An angle grinder can make making minor modifications to the fender to achieve a perfect fit an easier task. But take note that using this tool on the fender requires a light touch. Grinding too much material and too fast may end up with noticeable gaps in the fender, so it is better to grind the area in small increments and checking the fit after each interval.

    Tip #4: Use a hammer and dolly to align the hood rails with the fender.

    The hood rails are where the hood of the truck rests when it is closed and where the top of the fenders are to be bolted, so getting these rails flush with the new fender is essential. However, these rails are made of thin, malleable metal, so it can be easy to accidentally bend them when removing or installing the fenders. To avoid this, use a hammer and dolly to tap the rail when moving it in place.