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.
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.
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.
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.
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.