Toyota Celica Parts And Toyota Celica Accessories
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Since its debut in December 1970, the design of the Toyota Celica\'s rear fender has changed over the years. But one thing that stays the same is that it is prone to damage. The fender\'s prominent position in the Celica, as well as being designed as part of the car\'s crumple zones, results in high vulnerability to scratches, dents, and cracks. Humidity as well as constant exposure to salty air can also lead to severe corrosion of the fender body.
Once the rear fender has become seriously damaged or deteriorated, it must be removed and replaced to maintain the structural stability of the Celica. Finding a replacement Toyota Celica fender can be easy or difficult depending on how old your vehicle is, and most and not all mechanics are more than capable of installing a new fender on your car. Better yet, you can install the fender on your Celica on your own if you have the right tools and the time.
When buying a new replacement fender for your Toyota Celica, make sure that it complies with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards. OEM compliance means the fender matches the exact same dimensions specified by Toyota, resulting in a seamless fit that requires little or no modification during installation. OEM-compliant fenders for recent Celica models can be easily found online, but finding one for older model years -particularly with fifth-generation models and below -may prove challenging. In such cases, you may have to have a fender custom-made.
Once you have your new fender, it is recommended to inspect it immediately for any damage incurred during shipping. Some of the common types of shipping damage in fenders include bends, dents, and punctures, and these can prevent the fender from being installed properly. In addition, you should also check for any bumps or any other factory defects on the bumper\'s surface. If there are any minor irregularities on the fender\'s surface, you can smooth them out by wet sanding the area with sandpaper. But if the defects are extensive, it may be better to return the product for a replacement or a refund.
Finally, if your fenders come with additional accessories, check if all of it is included with the package as well. Many replacement fenders sold nowadays are typically bundled with the volts, clips, and other hardware needed to install the fender into place.
Chances are that the fender may be coated with a dull gray primer, but if not, have it primed first. Priming ensures the paint will stick to the fender effectively and prevent it from peeling off. Once it\'s primed, have the fender professionally powder-coated; painting with spray cans can save you money, but it will not look as good as professional paint job.
The process of installing the replacement fender depends on the model year of your Toyota Celica, so make sure to follow the instructions for your vehicle. In most cases, the fender is secured by a series of bolts and other fasteners that are strategically placed around the fender assembly.