Jeep CJ5 Fender Flares
Key Tips in Maintaining the Jeep CJ5 Fender Flares
The fender flares for your Jeep CJ5 are designed to last as long as your vehicle, but without proper maintenance, they can still succumb to wear sooner than you expect. Cleaning and maintaining your Jeep CJ5 fender flares is essential in keeping these parts in top condition. Maintenance will only take an hour or two but it will go a long way when it comes to extending the life of the flares. The following are some key maintenance pointers you can follow to properly care for the fender flares of your Jeep CJ5:
- Wash the fender flares by hand.
Ridding the fender flares of dirt, mud, and stains goes a long way in keeping it in good shape, but simply driving your truck to the drive-in car wash is not enough. Instead, it is strongly advised to wash the flares by hand. Aside from saving some money, washing the fender flares manually will allow for a comprehensive cleaning especially for those hard-to-reach areas such as the bolt holes.
Most car shampoos sold in stores are safe for use on your fender flares, although steer clear of products that contain ammonia as this strip the paint off the flare. It is also recommended to use a wash mitt or a microfiber cloth, as it will not leave scratches on the surface compared to brushes and sponges.
- Protect unpainted fender flares with tire cleaner.
Tire cleaners can help make tires look brand new again, and they can do the same for unpainted fender flares. Tire cleaners that use silicone polymer blend, in particular, are great for flares as they leave a long-lasting shine on the surface and protection against harmful UV rays.
- Take note of any loose or missing bolts.
The bolts mounted across the fender flares rarely come loose, but improper tightening and constant vibration can make them come off. So make sure to check if the bolts are properly tightened and take note of any rattling sounds while driving as this is an indication of loose hardware on the flare.
- Don't forget about the seals as well.
The synthetic rubber seals running along most fender flares keep dirt and moisture away from the flare's adhesive backing and mounting points, but they can get nicked by flying rocks and debris. Constant exposure to the sun can also cause the seals to dry out and become brittle, resulting in cracks. So if you notice any sign of damage on the fender flare seals, have it replaced as soon as possible.