Is there a protectant for thr bumpers and fenders,(jeep wrangler)
I would like to keep my jeep looking good- my fenders and bumbers are looking a bit dull and so I wondered if there is some sort of protectant / cleaner that you would recommend. Also do i need to use anything like that for my hard top?
Mothers makes a real good product called "back to black" available in most auto parts stores. it is in a small red bottle - looks like this:
that's what I use - it doesnt leave a white residue like some of the protectants
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raised jeeps are known to be very cool to some people though that might not apply across the board. for off road jeep enthusiast such as myself I find it quite impressive, these kind of jeeps are known to be very stable and you can have any jeep raised. whether you own a bestop jeep , a JK or any other jeep it is possible to enhance its off road capabilities.
aftermarket modifications or fabrications to the vehicle is the best place to start looking. if it is all stock than it is time for a bumper to bumper inspection. some people are afraid to work on their own vehicles but later surprised that they could repair a problem just by seeing something that looks out of place. first thing first go to autozone and get your codes read for free.
There are two possibilities here. If the system is air bound or the coolant level is low it can act like that. Check to make sure coolant is full...If it is, remove the cap and start the engine and let it run till it reaches operating temp, keeping the heater on high heat setting. After it is fully warmed up, add more coolant if necessary. The other item is the vacuum system. If there is a minor vacuum leak, there may not be enough vacuum to open the control doors for the heater. Since it was hit, I'd check all vacuum connections, lines and also the vacuum reservoir behind the front bumper inside the right fender (most common location) to make sure everything is intact. The leak would have to be small though or the system would not work at all so look carefully.
remove plastic rivets and bolts holding bumper within fender well, between lights near hood latch, and bottom of bumber, be careful taking bumper off to prevent cracking. exact opposite for installing bumper
There are 4 points of attachment for the front bumper. The nose has two long bolts that go through each of the 2 horizontal shock absorbers and screw into clips attached to the bumper reinforcement. You can access each bolt head with a long socket extension inserted in front of the fog lights.
The remaining two points of attachment are on the side of each of the front fenders, they are plastic guides that meet up with groves on the inside of the bumber sides, as you slide the bumper onto the reinforcement bumper, you line up the bumper groves with these plastic fender-mounted guides and you will reach a point where the bumper snaps in place.
I suspect the driver side bumper sliped out of the inner grove (best caes scenario), or the bumper goves cracked or the plastic fender-mounted guide cracked.
Get under the car to take a look, alternatively undo the 2 front nose bolts and remove the bumper, actually not a big job, and you will then be able to assess the problem.
I have a 98 Jeep Cherokee and installed a tow hitch this past week. In order to install the necessary support plates with mounted nuts I had to remove the bumper.
First I unscrewed the two screws located at the bottom of each of the plastic rear fenders. The panels (fenders) are then freed by tapping them upward as they are secuted with slots mounted to the body.
WIth the fenders removed, you can now reach to the two mounting bolts which secure the bumber to the frame. They are about 6 to 10 inches from the side of the bumber towards the center. Remove both of these bolts, then release the two bottom bolts and the bumber is free. Be careful not to break the plastic splash guard which runs along the top of the bumber and fastends to the body below the hatch.
Besure to spray the bolts with a good penetrating oil to help free them up before you strip the heads.