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Volkswagen Jetta Bumpers

Volkswagen Jetta Bumpers Troubleshooting Tips

We know that you feel safer when you're on the road because you have sturdy and strong Volkswagen Jetta bumpers that protect you from incredible forces and all kinds of road debris. But what happens when these protective shells become weak and worn-out? You and your passengers' safety are at risk. Why let this happen when you can diagnose and solve the problem before it gets worse? Here are some simple troubleshooting tips for some of your Volkswagen Jetta bumper problems:

Cracked bumper

A cracked or dented bumper is nothing unusual, since it is actually made to protect the more important components behind it. However, having a cracked bumper is not really something good to look at. Small cracks are tolerable, but big ones that cut across the bumper should be given attention. If not, you might find yourself picking up your bumper from the ground when it falls off. Also, if your bumper is not in good shape, it won't be able to provide you enough protection if ever your vehicle encounters a collision.

Flapping noise

If you have been hearing an audible clinking and clanking coming from the front or rear of your vehicle, then you might want to check whether your front and rear bumpers are still intact. Over time, the fasteners of the bumpers could get loose, which could cause them to be weaker and create a flapping noise. Tighten loose bolts and replace any missing fastener to ensure that your bumpers won't fall off. You can also check if the bolts are already worn-out, so you can replace them even before they get lost.

Flaked paint

No matter what type of finish your bumper has, eventually, it will flake or discolor due to weather damage and debris. Your Volkswagen Jetta won't surely look so cool with a flaky bumper, right? What you can do is to repaint your bumper to restore its look and top condition. Clean it up and sand it off before applying the new paint. Once the surface of the bumper is smooth, you can apply a basecoat and a new paint.

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  • How to Keep Your Volkswagen Jetta Bumpers Clean and Shiny 27 February 2013

    Whether you have plastic or chrome bumpers on your Volkswagen Jetta, it is important to keep them always clean and in good condition. They are just some of the most visible parts of your vehicle, and sometimes, your car's condition reflects who you are as a person. To cut it short, why don't you make it a habit to keep your Volkswagen Jetta bumpers free from dirt and wreckage? Here are some tips that you can follow:


    Cleaning tips:

    Apply wax after cleaning chrome bumpers.

    If your stock bumpers are chrome-plated, cleaning them is easy. If they have heavy dirt buildup, you can use a brass wire brush to scratch it off. Don't worry; brass is weaker than chrome, so it won't damage the paint. If there is dirt residue that didn't come off using the brass wire brush, you can use a bronze wool pad to remove it. Again, it won't scratch the chrome, so just keep rubbing until the bumper is clean. Now that the dirt is removed, wash the bumper with car wash soap and water. Your bumper is now ready for the chrome cleaner. Just wipe some chrome cleaner on the bumper and wash it off afterwards. You can also apply wax if you want to make your bumper shiny.


    Use non-abrasive cloth when cleaning plastic bumpers.

    If you have plastic bumpers, you can use a non-abrasive cloth or a soft bristle brush to remove the dirt buildup on the surface. If you have any paint stains on the bumpers, a lacquer thinner can do the trick. Just apply some thinner on the stain and it will become lighter. Once your bumpers are clean, put some car bumper gel on a soft cloth and wipe it evenly on the surface. Just let it dry and your bumpers will be squeaky-clean again.


    Other cleaning reminders:

    If you don't have a car wash soap to clean your plastic bumper, you can try a cheaper alternative. You can use undiluted white vinegar as your cleanser. Apply some vinegar once you have scrubbed the surface and the dirt buildup is removed. Just make sure to wash it off so that the smell won't stay.