GMC Sierra 2500 HD Bumper
GMC Sierra 2500 Bumper: Maintenance Pointers to Prolong its Use
Back in the day, bumpers used to be as simple as a steel bar bolted in front of the car. But advances in engineering and car safety have made modern bumpers like the one GMC Sierra 2500 HD into a system of panels, fasteners and other components. And this level of complexity also makes the bumper vulnerable to wear or damage. Thankfully, this can be averted by regular care and maintenance of the bumpers.
Maintaining the GMC Sierra 2500 bumper is fairly easy as it is similar to maintaining the other exterior body panels of your truck. In this guide, we'll share some key maintenance tips for your Sierra's bumpers.
- Wash the bumper by hand.
Although a drive-in car wash can save time, they actually do a poor job in cleaning the bumpers. Instead, take the time to clean the bumpers by hand. Apply car shampoo mixed with water on the bumper using a sponge, and scrub in a circular motion. Pay extra attention to the vents and crevices, as these areas are often where debris accumulates. Rinse well and wipe with a clean cloth to dry.
- Remove hard water stains with white vinegar.
Characterized by their whitish, powdery appearance, hard water stains are caused by water that has a high mineral content and cannot be removed by conventional washing. Instead, rub a piece of cloth soaked in undiluted white vinegar, whose acidic properties should cause the minerals to break down. You can also use a commercial all-purpose bathroom cleaner, which also has the same effect, although you will need to wear gloves as these cleaners also contain chemicals that are harsh on the skins.
- Fix minor dents with hot water.
Dents are among the common problems of bumpers, but minor cases can usually be remedied by a kettle of hot water. Simply pour the water on the dented area and, while it is still hot, use a plunger to pop the panel back into place. Once it returns to its original shape, pour cold water onto the area to prevent it from reverting to its dented state. You can also use the same technique with a hair dryer, although it will take longer for the bumper surface to heat up sufficiently.