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Hyundai Sonata Bumper Cover

Tips in Cleaning and Maintenance of your Hyundai Sonata Bumper Cover

The bumper covers are the parts of the Hyundai Sonata that are most vulnerable to wear. From debris kicked up by the wheels to harsh weather conditions, there are so many things that can ruin the pristine condition of the bumper cover. This is why it is important that the bumpers well maintained on a regular basis. The following are some cleaning and maintenance tips you can use for the Hyundai Sonata bumper cover:

  • Clean the bumper covers by hand.

While taking your Sonata to the car wash can effectively remove dirt and grime from the bumper, it's actually better have it cleaned by hand instead. Aside from saving you some money, automatic car washes tend to use chemicals and brushes that are too harsh for the bumper cover's paint and clear coat that result in a faded in scratched appearance over time. What's more, cleaning the bumper covers by hand will also allow for a more thorough cleaning, especially of hard-to-reach areas such as in corners and vents.

  • Remove hard water stains with white vinegar.

Noticeable by their white, powdery appearance, hard water stains are commonly caused by acid rain and washing with water that contains a high mineral content. To remove these stains, rub a piece of cloth soaked in white vinegar. The acid in the vinegar should break down the mineral buildup so that you can simply wash it off. You can also use glass cleaner or all-purpose bathroom cleaner for the same effect, although these tend to be harsher on your hands as well as the coat of the bumper cover.

  • Pop out dents with a plunger.

Botched that parking job by a few inches? A dent on your bumper cover may be the punishment for your mistake. But if the dent is around the size of your fist and has not penetrated through the paint, you might try popping back using a toilet plunger. Simply place the plunger over the dent and pull until the dent pops back into place. If the dent is particularly stubborn, pour some hot water over the dent to allow the panel to "soften" up and try again.

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  • Tips on Mounting a New Hyundai Sonata Bumper Cover

    Whether it's to fix a traffic mishap or you are upgrading to a custom-made model, installing a new bumper to your Hyundai Sonata can be quite an exciting experience. Although they have evolved way beyond the simple steel bumpers that adorned its predecessors, the design of the modern Hyundai Sonata bumper cover still makes it easy enough to be installed in your garage. In this guide, we have listed down some helpful installation tips you can use to install a new bumper cover to your car.

    Tip #1: Make sure to check the new bumper and have it cleaned.

    Unless you already had it taken to the shop for painting, your new bumper cover is likely to arrive at your doorstep in a rough, pre-primed state. Check the bumper for any signs of defects or shipping damage and wash with soap and water to remove dust, grease, and mold release chemicals on the surface. Also, if the bumper cover has bumps or rough edges, smooth it out with wet sandpaper.

    Tip #2: Make sure to disconnect all of the electronic wiring.

    Depending on your model, the bumper cover may have daytime running lights or fog lights attached. These lights are connected to the car's electrical system through a series of wires, so make sure to disconnect these as well as the battery cables on the engine bay before installation. Make sure not to shake or put excessive force on the lamps as well if you intend to retain them on your new bumper cover in order to avoid damaging the bulbs or LEDs inside.

    Tip #3: Loosen any stuck nuts and bolts with penetrating oil.

    The bumper cover is secured into place a series of bolts strategically placed around the frame of the car. These bolts tend to accumulate rust and dirt over time, which can make removal difficult. In such cases, do not force the bolts loose as this may damage the threads and the bolts themselves. Instead, spray the bolts with penetrating oil and let it sit for 5 minutes before trying again. If the bolts are particularly rust, scrub with a wire brush to remove most of the solid particles.