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Toyota 4runner Fender Flares

Some Troubles Experienced with Toyota 4runner Fender Flares

Adding both style and functionality to your ride, the Toyota 4runner fender flares are usually simply clipped on or stuck to the fenders with heavy-duty tape. Useful they may be in shielding the doors and the sides of your SUV, you may also encounter a number of problems with them. Take a look at the following common troubles you may experience with your vehicle's fender flares.

Excessive accumulation of dirt and grime

Check the areas where the fender flares are connected to the metalwork. It is usually in the crevices that a lot of dirt accumulates, and this can be annoying. This is the result of not regularly cleaning out the fender flares. Another reason could be the seals or gaskets not functioning properly anymore. Check the gaskets to know if you will need to replace them.

Scratches and brittleness

Being exposed wide open to all kinds of elements, there is no stopping any scratches from coming on to the fender flares if they come in contact with harder solids. Another trouble is that as the years pass, the fender flares become brittle because of age and exposure to weather and other elements. Check each of them for any signs of cracks. They may not be visible on the surface, so you may also want to check the reverse side.

Roughing out the fender paint

Many consumers are complaining about the paintjob getting ruined because of the fender flares. This is most likely caused by the wearing of rubber seal that is supposed to protect the paint from the edges of the flares. Take a close look at the edges closest to the metalwork for any sign of paint damage. If your fender flares are bolted on to your vehicle, you can remove them to also check the areas covered by the flares.

Fender flares falling off

The fender flares on your Toyota 4runner are supported with attachments of clips underneath. If they seem to be falling off, you need to check by the wheelwells where the clips are attached. If the clips are worn, you will need to replace them in order to put the flares properly back into position.

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  • Caring for Your Toyota 4runner Fender Flares

    Your Toyota 4runner fender flares are made to protect the sides of your car from all kinds of debris that the wheels crush as you drive down any road. Aside from this function, they also add some good looks to your ride. Toyota 4runner fender flares are either made of plastic or rubber. And though they are mostly designed to resist UV rays, they still experience drastic changes in temperature, weather, and a whole lot of dirt. This is why they are extremely subject to wear. Here are a few steps you can follow to keep your Toyota 4runner fender flares in outstanding shape and keep them serving you for a long time.

    • Clear out the grime deposits.
    • After every drive, your 4runner's fender flares are sure to have collected a good amount of grime or dust deposits. So every time you wash your SUV, make sure that you also thoroughly wash the flares, especially where they come in contact with the metal bodywork. This is where most grime buildups occur. You can use car soap and sponge to remove all the dirt that may be present, and then dry the flares with a clean terry-cloth towel to remove all lint.
    • Apply plastic and rubber dressing, and then buff it.
    • Remember that fender flares are not made of metal but of rubber or plastic. Both of these materials are quite sensitive to UV rays so it is important to use plastic and rubber dressing. Apply this liberally on the flares when you are sure that the surface has completely dried. Then, let it sit for a couple of minutes or so to let the dressing seep well. Don't go beyond five minutes, though, as this will produce streaks on the flares.Buff the fender flares with a soft, clean rag for best results. This will help you maintain the good looks of the flares as well as prolong their useful life.
    Another maintenance reminderUsing just soap and water in cleaning your Toyota 4runner's fender flares is not enough to maintain protection from harmful UV rays. So we recommend that you also do a regular application of plastic and rubber cleaner or conditioner. But be careful when purchasing these products; choose only the ones that specifically work on plastic and rubber to minimize side effects.