Jeep Wrangler YJ Fender
Maintenance Tips for the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Fender
There's really no argument that the fenders in your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) should be maintained. After all, the fenders are part of the "face" of the Wrangler, and a dirty, banged up panel will certainly affect the value of your ride. And what's more, maintaining Jeep Wrangler (YJ) fenders are not all that difficult and will only take an hour or two of your time.
Here are some great tips you can use to maintain your Wrangler fenders:
- Don't hesitate to wash the fenders on their own.
Fenders are a key part of the regular cleaning regimen for your Jeep's exterior, but if they are already far too dirty compared to the rest of your truck, don't think twice about cleaning them even if the rest of the truck is still fairly clean. Using a sponge or a soft cloth, wash the fenders with warm, soapy water in a circular motion, and rinse thoroughly. Once the fender has dried, apply a layer of car wax or liquid polish for an added sheen and protection from the sun's harmful rays.
- Don't forget the fender wells either.
The location of the fender wells often means it is overlooked when cleaning, which in turn leads to more buildup of dirt and rust. To prevent this, you will need to take the time to jack up the wheels and clean those fender wells thoroughly. With the truck frame safely supported by a pair of jack stands, cover the entire surface of the well with all-purpose car exterior cleaner and scrub with a long-handled brush. Rinse the wheel by spraying it with a strong blast of water and let it dry. We also recommend coating the fender wells with exterior dressing as an added layer of protection from the elements.
- Got dents? Try using a plunger.
Fender dents usually mean driving the vehicle to an auto body shop, but you might want to try using a plunger first. That's right: if the dent is not that large, pulling the fender's surface with the plunger might get it back into shape. Simply press the plunger into the dented area, and once the suction kicks in pull until the fender pops back into place. Just make sure that the plunger is clean before starting, however.