The bumper protects your car from being damaged by minor scrapes and impacts. Unfortunately, that means sometimes it's your bumper that takes the hit, leaving the possibility for it to get dented. It will also eventually give in to wear and tear, causing problems for you and your car. If you think your car's bumper is looking a little rusty, better inspect your bumper. Think about it, your bumper-whether front or rear-is what protects your engine and you, so don't take it for granted. Below are some signs to watch out for to determine if there is a problem with your Toyota Echo bumper, and if you ought to replace it already.
Water, grime, and salt from underneath the car collect underneath the bumpers and supports, rotting them. Don't let rust accumulate by performing routine cleaning on your vehicle. Also, a number of car experts strongly encourage owners to have dents repaired immediately, since exposed metal is vulnerable to rust damage and can make bumpers loose. Extensive damage can crack or puncture bumpers, requiring them to be replaced with new ones.
Sagging front or bumper ends are not normal in any way. Since they are supposed to give protection to the vehicle by acting as a first-base shield in times of collision, they should be solid and in perfect form all the time. Usual causes of this sagging problem are compression, getting pulled down by the running tires, or long-term vibration in the vehicle affecting the bumper. To make the bumper more rigid, you might want to install a reinforcement piece for your bumper.
Parallel parking is hard to accomplish especially in a very crowded lot. This is when occurrences of "love taps", or small bumps among vehicle's bumpers, happen. This can be a result of misjudging a parking spot or backing into another car. It could be your fault or someone else's; either way, your bumper is adversely affected. Some drivers think that love taps are alright and quite inevitable when driving and especially when parking, but actually, too much of them might necessitate your bumper's repair.