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Volvo 850 Fender

Troubleshooting Tips- Volvo 850 Fender

The purpose of a fender is to prevent dirt, rocks, and debris from being flung into the air by rotating tires. Through time, though, a dependable Volvo 850 fender could easily give in to wear and tear. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to help you deal with fender damage

Cracks or dents

The term "fender bender" was coined simply because most low-impact auto accidents do little damage to a vehicle, besides busting up a fender. Now, if your fender is cracked or dented due to repeated parking lot mishaps, it's bound to show. There are actually many ways to fix banged up fenders. One method is through the use of hardener and repair adhesive over the cracked area. When it comes to dents, you can pound these back into place using a hammer. These methods are fairly effective depending on just how bad the damage to the fender really is. If the damage is too great and beyond repair, then have the fender replaced right away.

Fender Rust

As your ride is faced with all sorts of weather conditions, it's bound to develop some rust. This is caused by the oxidation of the vehicle's steel due to exposure to water. Since rust is very corrosive, it could eat right through the fender, resulting in rust holes. One popular remedy for this problem is cutting the rusted part of the fender out and replacing it with a new piece that'll be filed in using a metal file. Once your fender holes are sealed off, you can now repaint the fender and return it to fighting form.

Burning rubber smell

If you notice a burning rubber smell, then there are a number of components that could be of cause. However, you could start identifying what's exactly wrong by checking if you have a tire that's rubbing against a fender. This rarely happens and is only a concern if the vehicle's height has been altered. When the rubber of the tire rubs against the fender, you should adjust the fender or the height of your vehicle. If this problem persists, your tires may get worn out prematurely, or your fender may suffer from more serious damage.

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  • Volvo 850 Fender Maintenance 27 February 2013

    Your Volvo 850 fender prevents rocks and debris from being launched into the air by your tires. They also largely contribute to the look of your ride; should they look deteriorated, so will your auto. So here are a few maintenance tips to help you take better care of your fenders


    Drive more carefully

    One very simply way of avoiding fender benders is by driving more carefully. You can do this by avoiding distractions (texting or eating in the vehicle), driving more slowly, and by not tailgating. By following these simple tips, you'll be able to lessen the chances of road accidents, which will keep your fender in prime condition and keep you safe on the road. In addition to that, when it comes to parking or driving through tight spaces, be extra careful as these are the usual scenarios where your fender is likely to get nicked or scratched.


    Prevent fender rust

    Fender rust not only ruins the look of your ride, but it makes your fender less reliable as well. In order to keep rust from forming on your fender, you could use rubber undercoating spray or textured paint over the exposed metal parts of your fender. These means of rust prevention aren't exactly long-term solutions, so you should check your fenders for rust on a regular basis even after any anti-rust coating has been applied.


    Avoid tire-to-fender friction

    Don't wait for that burning rubber smell to let you know that your tire is rubbing against your fender. This problem is common if you've had your vehicle lowered. In any case, having your tire rub against the fender could do damage to both the tire and fender. So if you want to prolong the life of your fender, make sure there's enough clearance between it and your tire.


    Repair dents, cracks, and rust holes

    If you can't prevent minor fender benders or rust, then you can at least deal with these after the fact. For dents and cracks in your fender, you can repair these as long as the damage isn't too severe. Dents can practically be hammered back into place, while cracks will call for an adhesive and seal to smoothen them out. When it comes to rust holes, you'll have to cut the rusted portions out and replace them with new fender pieces, which are to be welded into place.