Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Can a damage from the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD bumper be repaired?
Answer: That depends on where the damage is located, and how severe it is. If a steel reinforcement has minimal dents, then it can be machined. However, if the reinforcements are totally bent out of shape, the whole bumper should be replaced. The same thing is true for damages incurred to the plastic components; mere scratches and dents can be sanded out and repainted.
Does size matter when replacing the bumper for a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD?
Answer: Not so much, but it should extend to the corners of the vehicle to protect the headlights and fenders from damage during side collisions. Remember that the main thing that should be taken under close scrutiny is the bumper's geometry. The design should be geometrically balanced, so that the energy produced by a low-impact crash can be properly distributed.
Is the bumper quality assessment for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD done after the purchase?
Answer: There is no need to personally bring the vehicle or the part for assessment. Manufacturers should have already earned a rating for their product from government agencies--certifying that it abides by the dictated safety standards--prior its release in the market.
When replacing a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD bumper, is metal better than plastic?
Answer: That depends on your driving needs. If you are a frequent off-roader, then yes, metal is better than plastic. However, most cars and aftermarket parts already use a hybrid of materials. At present, a bumper is usually consisted of a plastic housing over reinforcements of steel, aluminum, or fiberglass bars and brackets. A good choice when looking for a replacement bumper should not be based on the material, but rather, on the rating it received after it underwent government regulations.