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chevy 3500hd reaf fender/quarter panel failure

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by rich414, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    I have a 2004 3500hd dulley with the plastic rear fenders or quarter panels , I am now on my second set of fenders. I know of 5 other truck in my small town that have cracked or missing pieces in there fenders. I dont think that this is an isolated issue.
    I have a few cracks and a few broken out pieces, I have the broken pieces. I have drilled the ends of the crack and placed clear thick tape over the cracks, this has worked to stop the cracking. I want to reinstall the broken pieces and try to get the fenders looking somewhat new...I went to the locate body shops and they want $$$$ to repair the problem, yet none have done the repair before...
    How many of you have/are experiencing this problem?
    What products are you using to repair the cracks and replace the missing pieces? Hot glue - fiberglass?
    What is the material that the fenders made of?
    Is there a Service Bulletin" on this issue?
    Are there steel fenders?
    Have your insurance company's cover the cost?

    The only permanent solution that i can come up with is install a flat bed. This is about the same cost as replacing and painting the fenders.

    What next???
  2. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    I haven't heard of any Fords having this issue...

    Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)

    But seriously, that sounds like an insanely frustrating problem! I'd lean towards a flatbed myself.
  3. 70monte

    70monte Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    That is one of the reasons I looked for a single rear wheel 1 ton when I was looking for a truck. It took me awhile to find the one I ended up buying. I don't like the plastic fenders and like you, I've seen a ton of them cracked or broken. Good luck.