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Jeep Liberty Fender Flares

Causes and Solutions to Problems Affecting the Jeep Liberty Fender Flare

Fender flares for the Jeep Liberty are made as tough stuff the truck itself, but that doesn't mean they won't have any problems. In this article, you will learn about some of the problems related to the Jeep Liberty fender flares, their causes and what can be done about them.

Debris and residue between the fender flares and the wheel well

There is usually a tiny space wherever the wheel well and the fender flares meet. This space is usually sealed by rubber gaskets or covered with other materials to keep dirt out. If these seals are removed, then the space is open for dirt and other debris to enter. If the dirt is left to build up, they will push the fenders flares and wheel wells apart, possibly even warping them beyond repair. Before this happens, you should clean off all the dirt immediately and reseal the space.

Fender flares that are loose and wobbly

If this happens, this first thing you should look at are the supporting clips and screws. If the fender flares don't look like they are secured properly, chances are, there is nothing else securing them in the first place. Replace all the appropriate bolts, clips and screws to fix the problem. Other times, the wheel well itself may be having problems; in this case, there is nothing else you can do but fix it.

Fender flares that look dull even after cleaning them

After some time, the fender flares will lose the lustrous shine they had when they first came out from the factory floor. To make the fenders look as good as new, you will need to apply vinyl and plastic conditioners on them regularly.

Wheels hitting the fenders whenever the steering wheel is turned

This problem usually rears its head when you swap in bigger tires or if you mess with the elevation of the vehicle. Though the fender flares are made to handle all types of punishment, they won't last long if they get hit by the wheels day in and day out. If you've already spent a pretty penny on the wheels or on the suspension system, then you're better of changing the fender flares as well.

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  • Tips on How to Clean a Filthy Jeep Liberty Fender Flare 04 March 2014

    There is nothing like a good set of fender flares to keep your Jeep looking good. After a good trek through the wilderness, you'll usually get home with a generous amount of dust, dirt and mud on your vehicle. Your fender flares, in particular, aren't spared from such a fate. Fortunately, a good and thorough cleaning will make them look new in no time. Read on to learn some pointer whenever you're cleaning a Jeep Liberty Fender Flare.

    • Use the right cleaning chemicals.
    • Mild detergents are adequate enough when cleaning your fenders flares. If there is a pressure washer around, you could mix the detergent in with a warm bucket of water and spray it directly onto the flares. Otherwise, a sponge or a rag will do. Commercial cleaners may be too harsh on the fenders and could ruin the paint of your Jeep Liberty if they come into contact with it. Avoid using cleaners with abrasives as well; scratches are the last thing you want on your fenders.
    • Don't forget to clean underneath the fender flares.
    • Sure, cleaning the fender flares with make them look real good but don't forget to clean the area underneath them as well. If you love bringing your jeep out into the wilderness, then you would've most likely traversed across countless pools of mud. The wheels of your truck would fling the mud up onto the underside of your vehicle, sticking to both the vehicle body and your fender flare. If you have a pressure washer, a good hosing is usually good enough to remove any dirt or mud present. If you've failed to clean them for while, the dirt build-up may be a bit too stubborn. In this case, use a brush to remove the dirt after spraying them with water. Be sure that not use a hard bristled brush to avoid scratching the fenders.
    • Use chemical conditioners after cleaning the fender flares.
    • Apply plastic or vinyl conditioners so that your fender flares won't look dull. Use products that are compatible with the material of your fender. Be sure that the fenders are clean and dry before applying the conditioners. There's an old trick that involves the use of brake fluid on the wheels to make them look shiny and black. This method was eventually used on black fenders to keep up the nice appearance. Unfortunately, if the fluid gets on the paint, it's going to eat them away and ruin the whole paint job. It's no use being cheap here.