Most Toyota FJ Cruiser bumpers are made of steel because of the material's high tensile strength. The bumpers are built tough and are able to significantly lessen high- or low-speed impacts, protecting passengers from traumatic impact and lessening damage to the car body. But no matter how tough the Toyota FJ Cruiser bumper is, it is not safe from any kind of damage. Take a look at this simple guide to help you identify problems you may face with the bumper.
Debris from the road can cause scratches, dings, and chips on the paint of your vehicle. The amount of damage triples when you regularly use your FJ Cruiser for off-road driving. Also, light scratches can commonly be acquired from people that rush by your vehicle in the parking lot. Sometimes, though, the scratches are not even that visible at first look, so you'll need a keen eye to be able to identify them.
One day, you may well be surprised to find a scuffed bumper when you return to your car at the parking lot. It only takes a careless driver parking beside your car to ruin your unblemished bumper. It's a bit like "stealing a kiss" from your car. It's a good thing fixing it is not that difficult no matter what your skill level in that area is.
As you drive through muddy puddles and all sorts of unsympathetic environments with your FJ Cruiser, salt from the road can cause rust in your steel bumper. Snow doesn't help, too. Both salt and snow are the top causes of a rusty bumper. The steel bumpers have a chrome layer that actively fights against rust, but when it gets stripped off over time, the bumpers become quite vulnerable to rust and corrosion.
When driving at high speeds, especially at night, you may not notice how many bugs come in contact with your FJ Cruiser bumper until you see them in the light of day. When not washed off as soon as possible, they can harden and the bumper will be very difficult to clean. The dead bugs stuck in the bumper can also eat away the paint.