The Dos and Don'ts When Buying Fender Vents
Leaving the fender holes on your car empty is a big no-no! Bad fenders ruin the entire look of your vehicle, and they also heighten the chances for damage to develop and spread around the wheels and in the car's brake assembly. So don't waste another moment wondering whether you need replacement fender vents or not because the truth is, yes, you really need to buy. Here are some useful tips for you in finding the best fender vents for your car.
- Recall the type and style of the original fender vents on your car. Most likely, you need to buy the same kind or an OE replacement fender vents. When you buy an OE replacement, you don't have to cut, trim, weld, or drill upon installation because all you need to do is to mount it on the fender and tighten the bolts.
- Choose a design that you prefer. However, you have to consult a mechanic to see if the new design would work and would fit on your car. Some of the most popular designs in the market today are comet style, square and oval port holes, dart-shaped vents, and of course, the classic rectangular-steel-meshed fender vents.
- Buy fender vents that are made from reliable materials. Metals and plastics are typically used in manufacturing vents. These two materials differ in several ways. Plastic vents are lighter than metal vents. They're also the easiest to install. However, if you prefer metallic vents that can match your car's rugged look, you may opt to get stainless or aluminum vents. These vents tend to last longer because they are highly resistant to corrosion. If you're planning to repaint your vents to complement with your car's color, you should get the one that's primered finish to make the painting job effortless.
- If you like to change the shape and style of your current fender vents, better seek help from an experienced mechanic. The installation process may include complex drilling and cutting, which can be really tough if you're not a pro. Do not experiment.
- Avoid buying fender vents that are not supported by the seller's warranty. Sometimes, despite careful planning, you end up buying the wrong part. When this happens, make sure that the store replaces the incorrect part with the right one.
DIY Installation Project: Fender Vents
Does your Range Rover look a little dull and boring? Try installing car accessories or cosmetic components that can amp up its overall appearance. Try setting up fender vents. This customization is very easy, that's why it is very popular among car hobbyists and enthusiasts. If you're ready, read the following steps and get the installation project started.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Car jack and stands
- Masking tape
- Drill bit
- Electric drill
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flat tip screwdriver
- Black paint
- New fender vent
Be careful when handling a heavy metal fender. Its exposed edges can be very sharp.
Step 1: Lift the front of the Range Rover and remove the front wheels.
Step 2: Access the inner fender liner from the wheel mounting point.
Step 3: Wrap masking tape around the edges of the factory vents.
Step 4: Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the bolts at the back of the inner fender liner. Use a flat tip screwdriver to pry the clips as well.
Step 5: Reach the back of the fender vent. Push the clip fasteners outward to release the bottom part of the factory vent. Push the upper part of the vent after to remove the entire factory vent.
Step 6: Reinstall the inner fenders and the car wheels before moving on to the next steps.
Step 7: Align the new fender vent to the mounting point. Apply masking tape around the mounting point.Use a marker to lay out the four mounting hole spots on the masking tape.
Step 8: Remove the fender vent. Use the right size drill bit to make holes on the markings that you made in the previous step.
Step 9: Spray paint on the inner regions of the fender opening. Any part that would be visible through the opening must be concealed using black paint. Remove the masking tape around the vent opening afterwards.
Step 10: Install the new stainless steel fenders. Apply a little amount of sealant around the mounting holes before tightening the screws. Do not over tighten the screws to avoid tearing up the holes.
Step 11: Before fastening the steel fillers on the vent, make sure that it is properly aligned. Peel off the adhesive covering and press it firmly on the vent to set it up.
You can now enjoy your car's new look. Take care and have fun in doing this installation project.