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Body Work & Detailing

Waxing washing, wheel cleaning and body work. This is the place to discuss those topics.
Door latch removal and replacement. I encountered this common problem on my 98 explorer and could not find a good how-to online. The symptoms I was experiencing were problems unlocking the door. To unlock the door I had to work the interior door handle while hitting the power button to get the door open. The power actuator on it's own would not unlock the door. The small spring in the latch assembly had broken, I re-bent it once but it broke a 2nd time so I decided to replace the latch...
Body Work 101 How I addressed the Rust on the Ford LD50 1st gen Rusty rocker panel bodywork - rockerpanel replacement How To: Recover your Center Console (10 Steps) Rear Door Vent Window Replacment Getting those plastic trims back to OEM black with pics How to: 1st Gen Gas Tank Fuel Pump Access Panel How to: - Remove and replace door latch assembly Custom colored ford emblems List of Bodywork Resources on the Net How to: Apply bed liner to your floor What is the best Billet...
To begin Bondo is a product name for body filler. I am not a fan of Bondo products. I use Evercoat Rage Gold and Evercoat Metal Glaze. It is a far superior body filler.
My 06' has had some bad rust on the rear dogs legs and now this had transfered over to the rocker panels. I have scoured the internet and I can't seem to find rockers that are not slip ons. Also do they not make dog legs for 06-10 they seem to stop at 05'. Any suggestions?
2000 Explorer XLT 2WD 4.0L SOHC JOB1 Engine. I've searched all of the parts houses... and online... but I cannot find Door Striker Bushings for the front doors. Everyone has the "Part Number 38424" kit that contains 2 bushings that fit the rear hatch. Nobody has bushings that fit the front doors. The bushing are: 7/16” ID - 9/16” OD - 13/16” L Who sells the? Thanks for your help.
Hey, need a simple answer to a simple question. I'm about to venture into the realm of painting with a paint gun, as opposed to rattle cans. I've got about all the equipment I need (thanks to friends at NAPA), but I can't get a straight answer on mixing the paint/reducer/hardener. I get the ratios, know how the cup works, but I get different answers. Is paint mixed paint first then hardener then reducer (thinner) or is it Paint-reducer-hardener? I'm kinda leaning toward...
Hi, Does anyone know which colour is used on this bumper? Thanks :)
I have a 4 door 2003 XLS and I saw that the front bumpers on the XLT and higher trim models were different. Can I fit a 2002-2003 XLT or higher bumper on an XLS? I saw a XLT bumper brand new for sale and wanted to fit the fog lights on there as well. If any one knows I would appreciate it. Thanks!
Hey everyone, I'm currently stuck with a problem that was completely my own doing; I managed to get the liftgate stuck closed on our 2005 XLT. I was repairing the linkage for the liftgate glass and like an idiot I forgot to reconnect the metal rod (the one with the yellow plastic fittings on each end) to the main release handle, so now the liftgate won't open. So far I have had little success with trying the find a solution to this problem that doesn't involve a locksmith or Ford dealer. I...
Hi- not sure if this has been posted before. I looked around and couldn't find anything about it. I've had my Ford Explorer for 4 years now (it's a 2006) and over the last couple of months, the liftgate just opens by itself while I"m driving. We took it to the dealer and they couldn't find anything. However It's still happening. Anyone else experiencing this? Any ideas what's going on?
I just had my '17 Explorer Sport come out of the body shop. Someone lightly sideswiped it, but just enough to make me want to get it fixed. As part of the repair, the body shop replaced the driver door outer shell, but in general did some work on both driver door and left passenger door. Fast forward to today. I've been back to the body shop 3x asking for adjustments because when I drive, even at lower speeds (20-30) it sounds like the window or door is not fully closed. The body shop...
How do you polish and wax your Explorer without making a mess of the plastic trim? Is there an line of off-the-shelf products for detailing the exterior paint that does not stain the plastic? I need some minor swirl removal, polish and wax. There is a lot of plastic/vinyl parts on Explorers. Around the wheel wells, both bumpers, the rocker panels under the doors and more. When I'm detailing a car, it's impossible for me to keep the polish and wax splatter off these parts. It seems...
Hello, I have a 2015 Ford Explorer and the passenger side windshield side molding has ripped off while driving down the highway. I have purchased replacment parts and have a question about installation. Attached are two pictures. My question is about the thing shown by a red arrow in attachment #1. In the youtube video I watch this glob isn't present. I am wondering if this is just a big glob of silicone that I can remove? If so, how is the best way to remove it? I think underneath it is a...
Has anyone had problems with water getting under the weatherstripping causing rust. I noticed the channel on the roof of my Explorer was allowing water to gain access to the body causing a small amount of rust where the windshield lays. Here are some pics...
I have a 2000 ford Explorer I recently wrecked. Does anyone know what years I can salvage parts from? I need front end body parts and possibly some suspension parts. In addition, I need both airbags. I know that some older models look the same but are they compatible?
Got hit on my driver side. Looking for a driver front and rear door for my black 2014 PIU. Anyone know of a cheap place to get a set or a salvage yard, preferably in FL, that has some? Body shop quoted me $1900 a door
Fellows. Ive seen some off the road vehicles "painted" with what seems to be "rino-liner". This coating appears to be a very rough yet "protective" finish and matched the color of what the vehicle is/was prior to this coating being applied. Anyone know what this coating is?
New member here! I bought this 2000 Explorer Sport from my little brother, who hydroplaned and went into a ditch. This is the only evidence of the experience. I need suggestions on how to get this fixed! It won’t allow my truck to properly close and lock. Any help and advice would be appreciated!
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