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Keep Your Fan Mounting Hardware Free of Rust and Corrosion

The fan mounting hardware on your vehicle should provide stability and stand the test of time. However, succumbing to rust and corrosion is inevitable after a long time being exposed to the daily dirt, grime, and rust. To avoid problems with the steel surface and screws of your mounting hardware, always find time to check their condition and do necessary repair and replacement.

Difficulty: Moderate

Things you'll need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Pliers or vice grips
  • Drill
  • Brush
  • Screw extractor
  • Rust converter
  • Rust remover
  • New fan mounting hardware

Step 1: Clean the mounting hardware to clearly see any signs of wear and tear on the surface. Spot the areas that show dents and scratches, but what you should keep a close eye on are the rust that have formed on the hardware.

Step 2: Use a store-bought rust remover as the first option to dissolve rust. Apply it on the areas you wish to fix and let it sit there as prescribed by the label. Keep in mind that it is important to strictly follow the instructions for the product.

Step 3: Scrub the affected areas afterward to get rid of signs of rust and corrosion. You can opt to use abrasive tools to get the job done, but avoid scrubbing it excessively to avoid damaging the surface even more.

Step 4: Once the surface is cleaned of the rust, you may apply a rust converter. This will add an extra layer of protection to the mounting hardware against rust and corrosion. Keep in mind, though, that this product may not completely remove the rust, but it will definitely contain the rust and prevent it from spreading.

Step 5: Check the screws that secure the hardware to its position. Tighten all loose screws to avoid problems that may occur from unstable mounted fans.

Step 6: If the screws are rusted, you'd better remove them right away and replace with new ones. This should prevent further damages on the mounting hardware in the event rust expands to other areas.

Step 7: Be sure to also check for screws stuck on the hardware due to corrosion. If you find at least one, immediately remove them. There are different ways to dislodge the worn-out screw using various tools.

Step 8: If the screwdriver won't complete the task, try using it with a hammer. Take note that tapping the base of the screwdriver with hammer will work best if the screws involved are made of soft metal.

Step 9: Stubborn stuck screws might come off using vice grips or pliers. Lock the head of the screw in between the mouth of the vice grips or pliers, then rotate it slowly but with enough force to avoid breaking the screw in two.

Step 10: If none of these options work, try drilling a hole in the head of the screw. Create a half-inch hole, large enough to fit the diameter of the screw extractor. But make sure that the depth is enough for the screw extractor that you have.

Step 11: Replace a completely damaged mounting hardware, especially when the screws are rusted, to prevent the mounting from falling off. See to it that your replacement hardware has a perfect fit with your vehicle.

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