Fender vents make even the most muscular vehicles look a little bit sweeter and more stylish. So if you're asking yourself what do fender vents do, especially when it comes to your automotive performance, the answer is nothing. Yes, they do nothing to improve the way your vehicle runs. But as an extra eye-candy, they do a lot to enhance your ride's looks and attitude. They complement the vehicle's chrome trims and other exterior add-ons, thanks to their amazing finish and beautiful design.
Whether you're adding new vents or you are replacing the old ones that are installed in your vehicle, the process isn't difficult and can be done even by those with no DIY experience at all. Here are the steps on how to remove the fender vents and how to put the new ones in place:
What you'll need:
- Clean rags
- Dental floss
- Plastic wedge
- Adhesive remover
- New fender vents
Preparing the vehicle
Step 1: Much like when doing other DIY tasks, make sure that the vehicle is parked on a solid and level ground. In this particular project, it is also important that the working area is well lit, in such a way that the back portion of the fender is getting enough light.
Step 2: To ensure safety, turn off the engine and set the parking brake so there's no chance that the vehicle will move while you are working on it.
Removing the old fender vents
Step 3: Get your dental floss and wedge it between the surface of the fender and the vent. Carefully work your way down until the adhesive is detached from the top part of the vent and you're able to pull the rest of the vent from the fender. You can also use a plastic wedge for this task, but you have to be careful so as not to scratch the paint.
Cleaning the mounting surface
Step 4: Clean the area thoroughly using an adhesive remover that's safe for your vehicle's finish.
Step 5: Once the adhesive has been completely removed, wipe the area dry with a clean rag.
Putting adhesive to the new vent
Step 6: Apply the adhesive to the fender vent that you'll install first. Be careful not to put in too much adhesive as it will just come out the sides of the vent as you press it in place. The excess adhesive will stick to the fender's surface and create an unsightly mess.
Installing the new fender vents
Step 7: Install the vent to the fender, right at the same spot where your last vent sits. If needed, make the necessary adjustments to the vent's position and alignment before pressing it in place with just enough force to make the adhesive stick well on the fender's surface.
Cleaning the area
Step 8: With a clean rag, wipe off any excess adhesive that comes off the sides of the vent.
Follow the same steps to remove and install the other fender vents in your vehicle.