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Cleaning and Maintaining the Toyota Tacoma Fender: Some Tips You Should Consider

The fenders of the Toyota Tacoma do not normally need replacing, but this can happen if it is not cleaned and maintained properly or if you got involved in a fender bender. The Toyota Tacoma fender is just as vulnerable to the elements and structural damage like the rest of your truck's exterior components, so regular care and checkups is required. Here are some tips on how to maintain the fenders of your Tacoma:

  • Wash the fenders by hand.

It's a no-brainer that a good washing will remove unsightly dirt and stains off the fender, but many truck owners take a shortcut by driving their Tacoma to the nearest carwash. But while drive-in car washes can leave your truck sparkling clean, they also tend to use harsh chemicals and hard brushes that strip off the fender's clear coating and leave scratches on its surface. In addition, fenders that are custom-made or are fitted with accessories such as fender flares might not be cleaned thoroughly by an automatic car wash.

  • Do not wash the fenders under direct sunlight.

Washing the fenders under the sun will cause the water to evaporate faster than normal, leaving streaks from the car shampoo residue. So before taking a wash mitt to your truck, make sure that's in a shaded area.

  • Apply car polish after every wash.

Once the fenders have been cleaned of dirt and debris, it is always a good idea to follow it up with a layer of car wax. Even while most car shampoos advertise having polish as one of its ingredients, nothing beats the good old standalone bottle of car wax to make the fenders gleaming with a mirror finish. Make sure to apply the wax with a soft microfiber cloth or a car buffer, and polish in a circular motion.

  • For minor dents, use hot water and a plunger.

Hit a wall or a flying rock? A dented fender can be quite unsightly to look at. But if the dent did not penetrate the paint, you might still be able to save it by pouring hot water over the dent and pulling it with a plunger. The hot water allows the fender to soften and expand enough for the force from the plunger to pop it back into place. Once the dent is gone, pour cold water over the fender to “tighten” it again.

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  • Four Helpful Tips on Installing a New Toyota Tacoma Fender

    Whether it was scraped by the post at the parking lot or got hit by another car, a banged-up fender can significantly lower the value of your Toyota Tacoma. Thankfully, replacement Toyota Tacoma fender kits are relatively cheap and can be installed even by an average DIYer using only the most basic of tools. You can usually have the fenders replaced by a mechanic, but you can save time and money by doing it yourself. Below are some tips on how to install a new set of fenders on your Toyota Tacoma.

    Tip #1: Check the new fenders for damage or defects.

    Most fender manufacturers do not accept returns if the fenders have already been tampered with in any way, so it's always a good idea to check the fenders first for shipping damage or defects before you mount it in place. Some of the things you need to look for include bumps, dents, as well as other types of damage. You should also check if all of the hardware that is mentioned in the manual is included.

    Tip #2: Remove the electrical components.

    It is also recommended to detach the battery cables as well as the headlamps and turn signal lamps prior to installation. Aside from preventing electric shock, removing the lights will prevent you from accidentally damaging while mounting the new fenders in place.

    Tip #3: When modifying pieces of the new fender, make sure to remove them in small portions.

    Even an OEM-compliant fender will require a bit of modification to ensure a snug fit on the sides of your truck, so be ready to have an angle grinder on hand. When operating the grinder, be sure remove material in small increments. Angle grinders can eat up metal pretty quickly, and grinding too much may result in noticeable gaps in the panel.

    Tip #4: Use a mallet and a dolly to set the hood rails in place.

    Getting the hood rails to sit flush with the fender can be a difficult and frustrating task. In such cases, you will have to tap the hood rails into place using a rubber mallet and a dolly. Make sure not to tap too hard, however, as you might actually puncture or bend the rails accidentally.