Toyota Corolla Bumper Covers: Three Usual Signs that They're Wearing down
Your Toyota Corolla bumper covers don't only protect the bumpers and other parts located in front and at the back of your vehicle, but they also give your ride a stylish and distinct look. However, the bumper covers will show signs of wearing down like fading and cracking through constant use. When you already notice some of these signs, you should do some troubleshooting. Here are some of the issues you might encounter:
When you hear a rattling sound in front or behind your car while you're driving along the road, the sound may come from loose Toyota Corolla bumper covers. This may be caused by broken and damaged plastic brackets inside the bumper covers. However, you have to remove the covers first to know the real culprits because the problem may also be an effect of loosely attached bolts or screws. Using the right type and size of tools will help remove the bumper covers easier and will help avoid damage.
Flaking or chipping paint
The paint on your Toyota Corolla bumper covers will fade over time and you might see it flake or chip as well. Aside from that, however, the fading or chipping may have been caused by a minor collision which tore the paint until it started to peel off. To stop the paint from flaking and chipping, you must repaint the bumper cover. But before you buy the paint, you have to determine your Toyota Corolla's paint color code. This code is usually located on the information plate that is usually found under the car's hood. You will notice that the code is a series of letters and numbers.
Cracked bumper cover
A crack on your Toyota Corolla bumper covers is a common occurrence because it's already a part of a car's usual wear and tear. It's certainly annoying to see every day, and if it's not repaired immediately, it may lead to bigger damage. However, if the crack is still small and manageable, you can repair it using soldering iron, sandpaper, and automotive polish. What you need to do is to weld the cracked portion using the soldering iron and to rub the welded area using sandpaper to make the surface smooth after you've welded it.