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GMC Sierra 1500 Nerf Bars

Ways to Maintain and Add Years to the Life of the GMC Sierra 1500 Nerf Bars

The GMC Sierra 1500 is no ordinary truck. It isn't just powerful and capable, but it also claims to be the new standard in truck interiors. However, such comfy interior won't be that much appreciated if getting into it is so much of a hassle to your passengers, especially the older ones. Good thing, there are GMC Sierra 1500 nerf bars that you can install to provide your vehicle occupants with a smooth, safe stepping surface when getting in and out of your truck. If your Sierra is already fitted with such and you're looking for ways to maintain their tiptop shape, just remember these tips:

  • Prevent rust formation by touching up paint chip.

After car wash, it is a good idea to inspect your ride's interior for any type of damage. If you discovered that some metal parts of your nerf bars are already exposed due to dents and peeling of paint, waste no time, and start touching up the paint to cover the exposed metal and to save your nerf bars from rust formation. In case there are spots that are already rusted, do light sanding first to get rid of surface rust before repainting the nerf bars.

  • Wash the nerf bars after serious off-roading.

This actually goes out to the entire vehicle and not just to the GMC Sierra 1500 nerf bars. After using your truck on your weekend getaway in the suburbs, make sure you take it to the car wash or you wash it yourself to eliminate filth, mud, and road grime that might have accumulated on the nerf bars and other vehicle components. When washing the nerf bars, pay particular attention to the stepping pad and the bottom part, making sure no dirt will be left on the creases of the stepping pad as it can affect the traction between the pad surface and your shoes.

  • Don't utilize your nerf bars for other purposes.

If you want to maintain its original shape, see to it that you won't utilize the nerf bars for tasks they aren't designed to do. Since these add-ons are made to be stepped on when climbing up or doing down your Sierra, let them do just that task for the rest of their service life. By utilizing them for any other purpose, you are just making them prone to different types of damage.

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  • How to Troubleshoot Some Issues with Your GMC Sierra 1500 Nerf Bars

    Back then, automotive nerf bars were made to provide race cars and their drivers with their much-needed protection against side collision, which usually happens as they swerve and overtake each other on the racetrack. So basically, installing such protection is done by racers to “nerf” against each other whenever one of them attempts to overtake another at high speeds.

    After so many years, much has changed with the way nerf bars are used. Today, they are becoming a commonplace on large vehicles as they provide passengers with safe footing when they are getting into and out of the cabin. Because of such task, the nerf bars have to be securely installed and made sturdy enough to carry the weight of the individual stepping on them. Their sturdy construction, however, doesn’t make the nerf bars damage proof. By simply being installed at the near bottom of your Sierra, the nerf bars become exposed to natural damaging elements particularly to road salt during winter.

    Among the problems you are likely to experience with your GMC Sierra 1500 nerf bars and the culprit behind them are:

    Rattling noise when the vehicle is running

    If you are hearing unusual rattling noise from nerf bars while the vehicle is running and if it seems to be more audible when you’re passing over a rough road, it could be because the nerf bar is improperly installed or is having loose bolts. It’s also possible that the noise comes from a metal-to-metal contact in the mounting points. This problem can easily be diagnosed as it doesn’t need any tool or special process. You simply need to visually inspect the attachment points of the nerf bars to see if the bolts have already come loose. If they are, then make sure you tighten them well before driving again.

    Paint chip

    Paint chips on your nerf bars are something you shouldn’t take for granted as the exposed metal parts are prone to rust formation. With the nerf bars’ location, rust-causing elements can easily find their way to the exposed metal. This issue can be best solved by touching up the paint or finish of the affected nerf bar. Don’t forget also to check the step pads. For your passenger’s safety, make sure these pads are always capable of providing good traction between the stepping surface and your shoes.