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Any tips on how to take the bumper out in a Dodge Dakota in such a way that the bumper brackets can be removed too?
Answer: Both the bumper and the brackets are fastened in the front part of the car by four bolts. In a Dodge Dakota, the usual bolt size is 15mm. It's easier to remove these parts from under the vehicle by using a box end wrench. However, one of these bolts, which is located in the frame's box part, requires a socket with an extension. Once these bolts are out, the bumper and the brackets will just come off easily.
What is the total towing capacity of the bumper in a Dodge Dakota?
Answer: It can vary, depending on the year of the car. The tow bumper for a 2004 Dodge Dakota for example would be able to hold a total of 200 pounds per 90 kilograms of tongue weight. In pounds, that's 2000 pounds per 910 kilograms of gross trailer weight. Drivers can use the "How to Calculate Weight" program at dodge.com.
What's the best way to repaint the glossy bumper of a Dodge Dakota?
Answer: Steel and ABS plastic are just two of the most commonly used material in Dodge bumper production. If the vehicle has a bumper made of ABS plastic, it's best that a plastic-compatible primer is applied first before coating the surface with paint. This is because this type of plasticis oil-based, so the paint doesn't stick fast. It's like ink that blotches on a glossy magazine page. Primer makes the bumper coarser for paint to stick easily. In the case of steel bumpers, using a scouring pad is an effective way of scraping off the old paint. Any surface dents and scratches must be repaired first to make the bumper a flat plane, making the paint application effortless.