Three Things to Inspect on Your Hyundai Bumper Cover
Your Hyundai Elantra bumper cover is more than just an accessory that dresses up your ride. Aesthetic purposes aside, the bumper cover on your car reinforces or strengthens the bumper, making it more efficient in absorbing shock from collisions. Although most bumper covers are hardwearing, they aren't impervious to the destructive effects of a fender-bender. Below are some issues that you might experience with your Hyundai Elantra bumper cover and the reasons why they happen:
Bulging on the sides
While driving around on a hot day, you might notice that the sides of your bumper cover unexpectedly form bulges. The swelling disappears only when the car has cooled down. This problem is common among vehicles with plastic bumper covers. Poor-quality plastic bumper covers tend to become disfigured easily when in a hot location. While this may be more of an aesthetic problem, the deformity could possibly decrease the efficiency of the cover in absorbing shock. You can have the bumper cover replaced with a fiberglass one for improved appearance and additional strength.
Cracks and dents
Bumper covers take a lot of beating on the road. Regardless of the type of material that your bumper cover is made from, cracks and dents will still be a common issue. A quick visual inspection is all you need to determine how great the damage is. If the dent is small and hollow, you can use a wooden mallet to pop out the indentation. However, if the depression is large and deep, you'll need a blow dryer to heat up the area and make it malleable. While the area is still hot, use your hand or a mallet to reshape the bumper cover. Cracks, on the other hand, are trickier to deal with. Small cracks can be sealed with an adhesive, but bigger fractures might require a bumper cover replacement.
The peeling paint on a bumper cover is usually due to harsh weather and road conditions. The paint would flake off, leaving unsightly spots on the surface of the bumper cover. You need to remove the old paint first with an automotive paint stripper before sanding off and painting the bumper cover. To make the new paint stay longer, you might want to apply a coating of primer on the bumper cover before coating it with paint.