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.