- After storing my Dodge vehicle away during winter, I noticed that rust spots have developed on its fenders. Can you give me some tips on how to fix this?
The first thing you need to do is to assess the rusted spot for you to be able to determine the kind of fix needed. If the rust has just started and is just on the surface of the fender, you just have to clean the rusted spot and repaint it. Start by removing the wheel and sanding the rusted spot to remove the paint from around the rust. You can also use the appropriate grinder and sandblaster wheel, but you have to be very careful when using these tools as they can do a lot of damage when not handled well. Work slowly for you to get a great finish on the metal. Then, prepare the area for painting, applying primer first, followed by several coats of paint, then wash and wax.
- When installing a new Dodge fender, why is it important that I double-check its fit along the vehicle’s hood rails among all parts?
Achieving a good fit in this part of the vehicle is important in weather-sealing the area on top of the fender and the car’s hood. You see, the hood rails are crafted from malleable metal, so they can easily get bent during collisions or during fender removal. If during fender installation you notice that there’s a need to align the hood rails, you can tap them into alignment using a hammer and dolly.
- Just got home from serious off-roading, and I saw a lot of dirt on the fender wells of my Dodge when I checked. How can I properly wash this area?
The best way you can clean that up, knowing its location, is to jack up your ride and take off the wheel-and-tire assembly. By doing so, you can get full access to the entire fender well. If you don’t have much time, you can resort to spraying all-purpose cleaner into the area and getting rid of the mud and grime using a wheel brush. With such method, you still have to lift the body of the vehicle. Spray the cleaner thoroughly and brush off dirt. After brushing, squirt a strong blast of water into the fender well.
- When treating rusted spots on my Dodge fender, how can I properly match the paint of my ride? Does the trick lie on paint application?
Yes. As long as you’ve got the right paint color, then the secret will be on how you apply the paint. When applying paint, it is advised that you spray several layers of evenly applied thin coats instead of one layer of thick coat as the paint can run and sag. It is also important that you allow each coat to sit on the surface and dry for at least two minutes before applying the next coat.
- Which is a more practical addition to my Dodge fender–fender flare or fender trim?
If you’re after protection against debris that can get kicked up by your tires and ruin your car finish, fender flares are up to scratch. Fender flares also offer the added benefit of aesthetically enhancing the vehicle’s factory bodyline. Compared to a fender trim, aftermarket fender flares will give your ride a distinct, shapely look, the kind that you won’t get from the assembly line. Fender flares are perfect for off-road vehicles as they make such rides look more powerful while keeping rocks, mud, and other debris from getting in contact with your bodyline and marring its finish. Fender trims are more of aesthetic additions only.
- After adjusting the vehicle’s hood rails, I find it hard to fit my Dodge fender in place. How can I solve such issue?
In such case, you may need to modify the fender itself to make it fit securely into your vehicle’s body. You should first determine the ill-fitting areas by holding the fender in place. Then, lightly grind that part of the fender before checking the fit again. Make sure to use a light touch when grinding so as not to take away too much of the surface.
- I modified my Dodge fender a bit to achieve perfect fit, and now I want to test if I have really modified the fender correctly. How can I do this in such a way that I can easily take the fender off again should there be a need for further modifications?
The only accurate way for you to be sure that the fender has been properly modified to ensure perfect fit is to attach the fender to the vehicle’s body at several secure points. That way, you can easily take down the fender just in case you need to do more grinding. This also allows you to check the clearance between the door and the hood, making sure they don’t hit the fender when they are opened or closed. If you’ve perfected the fit, that’s when you should proceed with the installation.