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Hyundai Elantra Bumper Cover

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.

Peeling paint

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.

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  • Tips to Maintaining Hyundai Elantra Bumper Covers 27 February 2013

    Because Hyundai Elantra bumper covers are there to absorb crash energy and prevent the car's front or rear end from getting significantly damaged, it is often unavoidable for them to remain unscathed. Should your car's bumper cover obtain any dents or scratches, don't replace them yet. Here are some quick tips to restoring their good condition.


    Removing dents and cracks

    You can use a heat gun to remove any small dents to restore the bumper cover's original form. To do this, remove the component first and work on the dent from the inside of the cover.


    If your bumper cover has a crack, you can also try to heat the area, but make sure that you do not melt it so much that it will make a bigger hole. Try making the heat gun mold the plastic back into the crack to seal it. If this is can't be done, patch the crack from the inside of the bumper cover and weld a plastic that matches the component's color on the outside.


    Painting

    Because of its awkward shape, you can't just lay the bumper cover down for painting. Hold the component in place by putting it on a stand or a set of sawhorses.


    Sanding is important as this will help the paint stick to the component. Make sure to sand inside every crevice and along the edges of every side and opening of the bumper cover.


    To speed up the sanding process, use a dual-action sander. However, if your bumper cover has multiple designs and shapes, hand sanding is the only option.


    Other maintenance tips

    There might be a case in which you have to decide on whether to restore your bumper cover or replace it with a new one. If the amount of work you would put into repairing it is equal or greater than the amount of work in replacing it, then it's better to do the latter.


    On the other hand, if you're more concerned with the expenses than the effort, then compare the cost of repairing the bumper cover as opposed to replacing it. Depending on the wear or damage of a component, sometimes restoring can cost more than replacing it.

  • Troubleshooting Problems with Hyundai Elantra Bumper Covers 27 February 2013

    Hyundai Elantra bumper covers are thick plastic components that many refer to as bumpers. They are there to protect certain parts of your car including headlights, taillights, and exhaust system. They also keep them from being heavily damaged during a collision. Depending on their materials, bumper covers are designed to crush themselves in order to absorb energy from the collision. Some even cushion the car during an accident. Because it is replaceable and re-paintable, many see this component as an aesthetic accessory, too. However, there are some issues that could affect your bumper cover's function and looks. Here are some of them:


    Noise from the front or rear

    When you hear a noise coming from the underside of the front or rear of your car, then your bumper cover might be missing a part. This is especially a common issue when you have had an accident that damaged your bumper before. Check the component for any missing pieces of hardware, particularly for the ones that hold it to your car.


    Gaps between the cover and the bumper

    If you bought a secondhand Hyundai Elantra and you notice that the bumper cover doesn't seem to belong with the car, then perhaps the component is incompatible with the vehicle. As silly as it may seem, this issue is pretty common. Due to certain modifications the previous owners made to their cars before selling them, sometimes these vehicles won't fit into bumper covers made for their model year. Try for an aftermarket bumper and try one that's for earlier or later model years than your car.


    Crazing primer

    This usually happens when you are repainting your bumper cover. After applying an adhesion prompter and primer, if you notice fine cracks on the component while sanding it, then the coats might have still been wet when you sanded it. To fix this, strip off all the coats again. Follow the directions indicated on the prompter's container and allow it to dry for at least 30 minutes before applying the primer. You can also apply a similar solution to cracked paint. The important thing here is that each layer is dried before a new coat is applied over it.

  • Three Ways to Keep Your Hyundai Elantra Bumper Cover in Top Condition 27 February 2013

    Bumpers offer sufficient protection from collision. However, they still need reinforcement to make them last longer. The Hyundai Elantra bumper cover provides excellent underpinning to your car bumper. It protects the vehicle from the impacts of a fender-bender and reduces the blow felt inside the vehicle. Because of its location and purpose, a bumper cover suffers wear and tear faster than a bumper does. You can prolong the life of your bumper cover by following the maintenance tips below:


    Repair cracks on the bumper cover as soon as possible.

    Small cracks can lead to gaping fissures on your bumper cover. Before a small chink in your bumper cover gets out of control, seal it off with an adhesive. It's advisable to sand the affected area first so that the adhesive will stick to the surface nicely. If there are deeper holes in the cover, you can use a filler putty to seal off the gap. You may need to repaint that area of the cover, so make sure that you follow the correct automotive painting procedures to make the bumper cover look good as new.


    Apply a coating of primer to make bumper cover paint last longer.

    Most aftermarket replacement bumper covers are not painted, and that makes them stand out from your vehicle in an awkward kind of way. You can make the bumper cover match the color of the rest of vehicle by painting it. However, make sure that you apply a primer first before painting the bumper cover surface. The primer will make the paint last longer, so you won't have to deal with unsightly peeling paint on your vehicle.


    Check for any loose parts on the bumper cover.

    Most bumper covers tend to become loose on one side. When this happens, the cover could completely fall off, leaving your vehicle with an exposed bumper and a mess to clean up. To make sure that doesn't happen, you need to check if all the bumper cover pins are in place. If you notice that one side of the cover is slightly hanging, you need to remove all the pins and slide the bumper cover back to position. Before you reinstall the cover, make sure that it sits flush against the bumper and that the pins are not broken.