How to Install a Running Board Kit
Having a good set of running boards doesn't only make getting in and out of the vehicle much easier, it also adds instant value and makes your car look aesthetically pleasing. If your car's running boards need replacement, there is no need to call for a mechanic's help because installing running boards is relatively easy. Just get the right tools and follow this simple guide:
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Prepare for the task
It is best to make sure that your car is properly prepped up for its new running board kit before the installation. First of all, you have to check if your new running board kit contains all the hardware necessary for installation. Next, check the underside of your car for the heater channel's condition. If you find rust, scrub it off with a steel wool pad then spray it with a rust preventative paint to prevent it from rusting again. You can also spray this on your new running boards to prevent rusting. Then let the paint dry for at least two hours. When the rust preventative paint has dried out, you can now spray lubricant on the holes in the heater channel and the running board.
Installing the new running board kit
Lie on your back under your car while holding the running board against the heater channel at the bottom of the car's frame. Align all the holes of the running board and the heater channel then bolt them together. You will need to attach the running board on the fenders as well so do not tighten the bolts all the way yet. Next, bolt the running boards to the fenders. If there are no holes in the fender for the bolts to feed through, mark the placement with a marker then drill holes through the fender using a drill.
Tips and warnings
- To avoid the hassle of repeating the steps and damaging your new boards, tighten all the bolts only after you have checked if the new running board kit is perfectly aligned with the heater channel and the fenders.
- During the installation process, handle your new running board kit with care to avoid getting it scratched by the tools that you will be using.