Ford Ranger Chrome Bumper Troubleshooting Tips
Your Ford Ranger chrome bumper is built to minimize the impact of collision and protect the other components of your truck. Some chrome bumpers went through hours and hours of salt-sprayed test to ensure that it will be corrosion-resistant and durable enough to withstand damaging factors such as rust and debris. However, over time, all types of bumpers would eventually wear out-regardless of their finish. Here are some tips on how you can troubleshoot your Ford Ranger chrome bumper problems:
Cracks and dents
It is inevitable that your Ford Ranger chrome bumper will get dented and cracked. There are several factors, such as rust and minor bumps that could cause it to wear out. These signs of wearing out, sadly, are not pleasing to the eyes. So if you noticed a small dent that shouldn't be there, you can suck it out using a plunger or dry ice, and then tap it with a mallet until the surface becomes smooth. However, if it is cracked and it seems to cut across the middle of the bumper, you need to replace it with a new one before it falls off from your vehicle.
If you have been hearing an unusual noise coming from the front end of your Ranger whenever you are driving, then you better check if the bolts of your chrome bumper are loose. If yes, then they might be causing the metallic clunking sound. Tighten them using the proper wrenches and make sure that there are no missing bolts. Replace any worn-out or missing bolts immediately to keep it from clinking and falling off.
If your chrome bumper is made of steel, then don't be surprised if after a few years you will see rust building up on its corners and working its way to the middle. Corrosion is a common culprit behind worn-out chrome bumpers, since these parts are exposed to weather damage and all types of road debris. When this happens, you need to remove the rust spots using a sand paper and apply rust-proofing spray in the area. This way, you can prevent rust from building up for the time being.