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Too many unknowns here. How bad is the fender damaged? Is there any damage to other parts of the body that the fender attaches to? If so, then let a body shop do it because they have the equipment necessary to straighten those body parts. If you still want to give it a go, then take out all the bolts and other fasteners that attach other things to the fender like hose clamps,plastic reservoirs etc. The inner fender well has bolts that have to be removed from the fender. The fender itself has bolts accessible from under the hood. Get them all out and any stiffener rods at the front of the fender. There are a couple of bolts on the bottom of the fender where it meets the body nearest the front door. You have to get those from underneath. Keep track of where all the bolts and fasteners go so reassembly will go smoothly.
Front fender? Lift the hood, open the front door on the same side as the fender to be removed. Under the rim of the hood, you'll find a line of bolts holding the top of the fender in place. Inside the door opening, you'll find one or two more bolts holding the rear of the fender in place. You may also find one bolt under the rear corner of the fender, fully underneath the vehicle. You'll also need to remove the turn signal housing, any side marker light, and possibly the headlight - all with screws - and you may still find one bolt up front, where a steel strut holds the frontmost bottom corner of the fender in place.
When you get all those fasteners removed, you pretty much just wiggle the fender off the car.
you can take out the inter wheel well fender or guard I forgot what they call it. remove the tire and you can get to the bolts a lot easier. when you take out the inter fender you may be able to get to the dent from the fender wheel well. if not and you need to remove the fender you will find bolts under the hood along the top of the finder edge. there is one under the cow as well right close to where the fender connects to the suv by front door. you will also find bolts that hold it to the front bumper I believe. you might have to look around to see if there is more. I just replaced my fender on my 2003 expedition about a month ago. you can get them on line for about $75. also I just remembered there are like 3 bolts that you can get to right by the front door running down to the trim piece on the bottom of fender. good luck
Section 01-05: Trim, Interior
1998 Windstar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Procedure revision date: 01/22/1999
Trim Panel, Door
Remove door latch cover by prying from top edge and pulling trim free of retaining clips and sliding trim away from latch.
Remove portion of armrest containing door lock switch and window regulator control switch (14529) by pulling straight up.
Remove rear view outside mirror mounting hole cover assembly by prying at top and pulling upward to release double-sided clip.
Front Door Trim Panel
Screw (1 Req'd), Right Door
Screw (1 Req'd), Left Door
Radio Speaker Grille Name Plate
Screw (1 Req'd)
Cover Assembly Rear View Outside Mirror Mounting Hole
Remove screw attaching front door trim panel (23942) to front door (20124) under switch plate.
Remove two screws located at bottom of front door trim panel.
Disconnect the door lock switch (14028) and window regulator control switch electrical connectors.
Remove door window regulator handle if equipped by unsnapping and pivoting away the handle cover from base to expose retaining screw. Remove screw from the door window regulator handle.
Pull front door trim panel from the top to release hooks from front door .
Remove front door trim panel.
Replace any bent or damaged fasteners.
Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
Body Side Removal
Remove door handle retaining clip by sliding a shop towel between handle and door trim. With tension on the cloth, pull one end of the cloth so it slides between the handle and the door trim. If handle does not come out, reverse direction.
Unfasten 13 christmas tree fasteners using double-acting spring-loaded trim removal tool and pull body side trim panel from body side door.
Remove forward and rearward mating sections from under window trim.
Replace all christmas tree fasteners.
Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
For installation of handle, install clip to handle, then push handle onto shaft to snap in place.
Disconnect rear window defroster wires.
Remove the liftgate window garnish moulding as described.
Remove screws attaching liftgate handle to liftgate and liftgate inside trim panel.
Using Rotunda Windshield and Moulding Trim Removal Kit 107-R0401 or equivalent, pry pushpins retaining liftgate trim from the liftgate.
Harbor Freight and most local body shop supply stores should have a suction-cup type tool for pulling out dents. You maybe able to remove the inner fender well to get to the dent. To remove the fender, you'll need to remove the top fender bolts, the bolts that attach it to the header panel, and the bolts holding it on back by the door.
1. Remove wheel arch liner, this is a two peice part front and back. both these need to be removed, there should be 8 screws to remove.
2. You should then have access to all fender screws. There are 10 screws to remove to allow removeal of fender. 4 under the bonnet holding the top of the fender. 2 for the front going to a bracket. 1 underneath the fender where the arch liner was. 2 under the main body of the car towards the front of the side skirts and a final one, near to the door triangle where the mirror is. The fender should then come away but there is a sealant to stop water getting in, make you you reseal when putting back on with 3M ATD, part no 8625 or similar.
Trace the wiring. you must have a bare wire or something shorting the circuit. The wiring will run from the front to the rear under the lip inside the drivers side door and continue along under the lip along the top inside of the body tub to the drivers side rear corner. then down through the fender well in the corner near the back of the roll cage.
The official name would be the fender. The panel above the rear wheels are referred to as the quarter panels. You will probably pay a lot more money than you need to by ordering an OEM part online. I would call your local salvage yards and ask them if they have a fender off a similar car. I think the 1999-2005 parts are interchangeable. It will still need to be painted by a trusted paint shop but I still think you will save money and your son's car will still look real good!
I have done this for years and am familiar with these cars. The first thing to do is cut in your parts, by that I mean paint the inside edges of your door, fender and hood before you install them. The hood is a no brainer. four bolts probably ten millimeter. The fender is not very hard either, remove headlight and side marker and front bumper. The door needs to be disconnected under the dash and the wires pulled out before removal. Install the door and adjust it till it fits and closes properly, then the fender by lining up the body line before tightning into place. Before putting in the bolts along the top install your hood and align it with the back of the cowl so that it is even gap all the way across then adjust fender gap and tighten down. This will work perfect if your inner structure has not been bent or knocked over. Be glad to help further if you need it
The plastic piece that starts by the bumper/fenders that runs along the bottom of the doors and side of the car Chrysler calls the Body Cladding (Left or right side), If you are refferring to the piece of plastic under the bumper and front of the engine compartment that protects the underneath of your engine compartment that is called the Belly Pan.