Symptoms of a Damaged Hyundai Accent Bumper Reinforcement
The bumper assembly of your Hyundai Accent is composed of many layers of brackets and bars. These are to ensure that the bumper would actually absorb most of the shocks from a collision. Among these layers is the bumper reinforcement. It is a bar or bracket made of steel, aluminum, fiberglass, or plastic. It holds the bumper cover in place and serves as a spacer between the bumper cover and the actual bumper material. A damage in your bumper reinforcement would affect the whole bumper assembly, so you need to be watchful of issues on this part. Following are signs that you need to look for in your bumper reinforcement.
Damage in bumper cover
A damaged bumper cover may mean that your Hyundai Accent is involved in a low-impact collision. If you see that the dent or crack in the bumper cover is considerably large or deep, there is a possibility that your bumper reinforcement is damaged as well. You have to keep a close eye for these signs, so you can replace or fix the issue before you hit the road again.
Stuck bumper reinforcement
Your bumper reinforcement is held by energy absorbers on both sides. These absorbers compress and decompress like shock absorbers and struts. If your Hyundai Accent bumper reinforcement and cover are stuck, there is a possibility that these absorbers lost their compressing and decompressing capabilities. By then, a replacement should be done to make sure your bumper assembly is in top shape to absorb another blow from a possible collision.
Loose bumper cover
This is characterized by a shaky bumper cover coupled with rattling sounds. This means that your Hyundai Accent bumper reinforcement is bent or damaged to the point that it no longer holds the bumper cover properly. At this point, the cover material is only held by the side tabs on the fender, giving it an unstable position. However, this may also be an issue with mounting hardware where minimal cracks may occur right at the part where it is bolted to the car body. In this case, a welding job would do the trick.