Over time your vehicle’s bumper is subjected to wear and tear from harsh weather, loose road debris, and unavoidable obstacles.
Some indicators, like cracks and chips, are obvious signs that your bumper needs repairing; however, not all repairs are necessary.
There may be internal damage that may not be noticeable from the outside. Stressed cracks will grow over time and eventually cause more damage.
It’s best to be proactive when it comes to maintaining and repairing your vehicle’s bumpers.
Here are five signs your bumper needs repairing.
1. Cracked Bumper
A cracked bumper is not only aesthetically unpleasing; structural damage such as cracks may compromise the integrity and strength of your bumper. A cracked bumper should be repaired as soon as possible.
2. Damaged Hooks
Bumper hooks are directly responsible for holding your bumper securely to the body of your vehicle. If your bumper hooks have been compromised, your bumper may not be securely attached to your vehicle. If not addressed and repaired, your bumper may loosen to the point that it falls off. This can undeniably be a huge safety hazard and potentially cause injury to you and other motorists on the streets and highways. A loose or unsecured bumper should be addressed right away!
3. Internal Damage
If your vehicle was involved in a low-impact collision, even if the bumper doesn’t appear damaged, your bumper may still be structurally compromised from internal damage and stress. To ensure safety, Hamer recommends to have your bumper inspected by a qualified technician to make sure nothing has been compromised by the impact.
4. Paint Damage
If the paint damage is minor, a professional body shop can sand, fill, and match the paint of your vehicle’s original color, making your bumper look as good as new. However, it is advised to go to a reputable body shop that will guarantee their quality of work and ensure you that if there are any problems, such as air bubbles on the freshly painted bumper, they’ll be able to take responsibility for their work.
5. Air Bags
Sensors behind your bumper are designed to sense and activate your airbags in a collision. A damaged or unsecured bumper may compromise the function of your vehicle’s airbag system. Even after a low-impact accident, it is advised to have a professional inspect your vehicle’s airbag sensors to ensure they are still in working order.
We are in the age of “car hacks” that suggest DIY (Do It Yourself) methods of repairing your bumper at home with glue, car bondo, and other epoxies.
However, this is highly advised against. Even in a minor accident, chances are that your bumper has been structurally compromised, and the integrity of the bumper can no longer be relied on in the case of another impact.
Bumpers are designed to absorb shock and mitigate the force of impact from reaching you and other vital components of your vehicle.
Even after a minor impact, your bumper’s shock absorbers and airbag sensors should be inspected and repaired by a professional to ensure their proper function and safety.
New 4×4 Bumper
If the damage is too severe to repair, It is time to consider a new Hamer bumper to replace .
There are many benefits to replacing your bumper rather than repairing it. Even after repairing a bumper; the strength and integrity of the bumper may still be compromised.
A repaired bumper may not efficiently absorb the impact of a future collision, and could potentially cause more damage to your vehicle.
Hamer 4×4 products have an excellent lineup of off-road bumpers. Hamer’s off-road bumpers are made from reinforced material that will help mitigate potential bumper problems in the future.
If your off-road build’s main priority is rough, challenging terrain, you may also want to consider a nudge bar or bull bar.
Not only will Hamer bars provide superior protection against damage, but your truck will also be the envy of the crowd as one of the coolest off-road vehicles sporting an aggressive, confident look.
Another benefit of a Hamer off-road bumper is that it has mounting points for essential 4WDaccessories, such as a winch, light bar, and strong recovery points.
A reinforced off-road bumper will help minimize potential damage to you and your vehicle’s vital components, such as the radiator, from impacts and collisions.
Your bumper is the first line of defense keeping you safe on and off the road.
4×4 enthusiasts put a lot of love, time, and money into their beloved off-road builds. Proactive maintenance and care will go a long way to keep your investment in top shape to ensure many more years of enjoyment.
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