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Mercury Montego Fender

Common Troubles and Quick Fixes for the Mercury Montego Fender

Nobody likes a damaged fender-and on a classic car like the Mercury Montego, it's nearly unthinkable. While it's true that your fender was designed to crumple and absorb impact, it's such a prominent part of your ride that you can't help but feel irked when it is scuffed or damaged. Luckily, because the fender is so visible, it's not hard to tell when you've come to a point where a repair or replacement is in order. Apart from the more obvious surface damage-which can be dealt with using a little bit of epoxy putty-here are several other troubles you are likely to encounter with your fender with thways to deal with them:

Noises up front

The fender is located along the front wheel well of your Montego. Attached to the rim of the wheel well by bolts or clips, it makes a loud noise when the clips are lose due to the wind and turbulence beating down on it as you drive. It's easy to distinguish this noise from any other part because the sound will be closer to you-plus, it will be louder and more repetitive at faster speeds. When you start to hear a lot of banging going on, the best thing to do is stop, pull over, and inspect the fender.

If you notice that a section is no longer attached to the body of the car, epoxy putty can help secure it in place as a quick fix. This is not a long term solution, however. Eventually, you will have to have the securing bolt or clip replaced in order to ensure that the fender stays in place.

Fading and surface discoloration

The surface of your fender often starts to discolor and fade when kept under the heat of the sun for too long. This tends to weaken the structure of the fender over the long run and should be addressed immediately. Fortunately, the solution to this problem is simple. Clean the surface of your fender carefully, dry it up, and apply a fresh coat of wax. Often, this is enough to bring back the color and shine of your fender. If it gets really bad, however, you might need to paint over the surface as well.

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  • Keeping Your Mercury Montego Fender in the Best Condition 27 February 2013

    A fender has been a perpetual fixture in cars since the time of the Mercury Montego. While it isn't a part that inspires much in the way of awe, it isstill nonetheless necessary. Protecting your wheel well from collisions much like your bumpers protect the front and rear from impact, it is a part of the car that certainly encounters much in the way of damage. If you're like most drivers, however, scratched and cuffed fenders are not exactly your idea of a great design set-up. That's why it's extremely important that you stay conscientious of state and condition of your Mercury Montego fenders.


    Inspect for surface damage.


    Like any surface on the exterior of your car exposed to a lot of damage, you Mercury Montego fenders tend to experience a lot of adverse changes. That's why it's important to look over your fender thoroughly from time to time for any damage that might lead to a full break down. The most common things you might come across are cracks and dents. These are caused by exposure to little bits of dirt and debris that might hit the fender as your drive along. Never ignore even the tiniest cracks. The best quick fix is to apply small amounts of epoxy putty to prevent the crack from growing. Dents can be corrected by hammering the interior with a rubber hammer. Less common forms of physical damage are discolorations and fading. These are normally caused by exposure to the elements, and can be easily remedied with a fresh coat of paint.


    Clean the fender constantly.


    You can easily head off damage before it even happens by always including the fender in your monthly cleaning regimen. As with other surfaces, all you need is a clean sponge, water, and some cleaning solution-include the inner wheel well too. That area you can scrub with a brush. It helps if, after you clean and dry your car, you apply a coat of wax. Some varieties even come with weatherproofing. That's the type of wax you go for as it also is water and heatproof. As earlier stated, it's always best to do this monthly at the least.