All About Dodge Auto Body Parts
Dodge is an American automaker well-known for its tough Ram trucks, but also with a full line of passenger cars and vans. Dodge got started over a century ago in 1900 and was initially mostly known for cars. In the present day, Dodge has become almost synonymous with the popular Ram trucks, but also has the Challenger, Charger, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey to appeal to a range of car owners. Your Dodge body parts can get damaged in various ways, but the most common reason is a collision with an object or another vehicle. Find out more about Dodge body parts and how to repair and maintain them.
What Are Dodge Auto Body Parts?
Dodge body parts are the components that make up your vehicle's main body, including windows, doors and trim. A list of some common body parts is as follows:
- Rear and support fascia
- Front clip
- Header panel and front fascia
- Quarter panel
- Trunk or hatch
- Welded assembly
- Rocker panels
The hood is one of the more common auto body parts you may have to replace in a front collision as it may absorb impact and scrunch from the front to the back. This is the part that covers your engine if you have a front-engine vehicle. Bumpers are also commonly damaged parts as they absorb damage from low-impact collisions with objects or vehicles. In the front, over the bumper, is the grille, and this part can also receive damage in a front impact. The quarter panel is a section on either the rear or front that covers the area connecting with the hood or trunk. This is another part commonly damaged in accidents.
Fenders are the part just over the wheel well and its job is to keep various road debris from flying into the air as the tire rotates. In an accident with impact to a quarter panel of the car, fenders are also likely to get damaged. Fascia indicates the soft parts on the front and rear of the vehicle. Car pillars are vertical supports of the window areas, while rocker panels are the sill areas below the windows.
Auto Body Maintenance
Having parts of your car's body replaced may be unavoidable if you get into a collision and the part is seriously damaged. However, your car's exterior doesn't have to deteriorate due to lack of care if you keep some general maintenance tips in mind.
Start by washing your car regularly. An assortment of everyday things can damage your car's exterior, including bird droppings, road salt, dead bugs or even a persistent drip from your house's eves or a basement garage. If these materials aren't washed off regularly, they can cause paint damage. Road salt, in particular, will form rust spots on your body panels if not washed regularly. After washing, make sure to apply some type of protecting element. Along with washing, you should also regularly clean the area under your windshield wipers. Dirt and sand tends to build up there and can eventually scratch the glass. Wax your car about twice a year. This helps protect the paint and covers up any minor dents or scratches and helps to slow the corrosion. Top-quality car wax will remain on your car for several months, which is why you only need to do it a few times a year.
Another good maintenance practice is to keep a touch-up paint for your car on hand. In order to get this, you need to find the color code for your car. This is typically located on the manufacturer's label and is a combination of letters and numbers after the indication C/TR, which means color/trim. It's important to repair chips, scratches and small dents before they start to corrode. Whenever paint surface gets damaged, the metal below is exposed and thus subject to the elements. Over time it will begin to rust and eventually may destroy the entire body part.
Auto Body Part Repair
There are a number of minor body part repairs that you can easily do yourself and that can help you get more life out of the various parts. One of the easiest to do is minor scuff marks. At first glance, a small scuff mark on your door or quarter panel might look like no big deal, but if you look closely, you'll likely see that the scuff damage is not only on the paint, but all the way through to the primer and down to the metal. Even a tiny scuff mark of an inch that has penetration down to the metal will eventually rust.
To fix a mark like this, you'll need the following materials:
- Touch up paint (as previously mentioned)
- A clean, dry car parked in a shady area
- Wooden toothpick
- Plastic bottle cap
- Paper towel
Since a tiny, one-inch scratch may be too small to use a touch up paint pen on, you'll start by squeezing some of the paint into the plastic bottle cap. Use the toothpick to pick up a small amount of the paint out of the cap. Apply the toothpick to the scuff as accurately as possible, keeping the paint within the lines of the scuff. If you mess up, wipe it up with a paper towel and try it again. Once you get it right, allow it to dry for half an hour, then apply clear coat from the other end of the pen.
If you have a larger scuff, you can use the pen as usual to paint it over. Allow it to dry and then apply clear coat. Larger scuffs won't blend in as well using this method, but if you want to keep them from rusting before making a bigger repair, it's a good temporary fix.
In the case of stone chips, you'll need spray paint that matches your car's unique color code, as well as a toothpick. Stone chips are so small that you only need a drop of paint. Spray some of the paint into the can cap, then dip the toothpick in. Carefully drop it into the stone chip spots, making sure to stay within the lines.
Another situation you might encounter is marks left by a shopping cart or another car door. This is usually another paint color that damages the clear coat, but only slightly. For this job you'll need the following:
- Ultra-fine waterproof sandpaper
- Polishing compound such as Turtle Wax
- Regular car wax
Sand the paint mark gently with the wet sandpaper until it comes off. What remains is a scuff on the clear coat. Buff this with the Turtle Wax until it resumes its sheen, then finish with wax. The scuff should be barely visible.
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