How to Replace a Nissan Altima Fenderby Shayrgo Barazi
If you were involved in a fender bender, it may be cheaper for you in the long run to replace the fender yourself. Rather than make an insurance claim, for example, you might want to simply replace the fender yourself so that your insurance premiums don't increase. Fortunately, there are many companies that manufacture affordable body parts, including fenders for Nissan Altimas.
Open and prop up the hood.
Use the ratchet to remove the bolts that attach the fender to the body from under the hood. There are five bolts that you must remove.
Open the front door on the side of the car on which the fender is being replaced. In the space between the door and the fender, there are three bolts to remove. Remove them with the ratchet and an extension attached to it.
Lift off and remove the fender, and replace it with the new one.
Hand-tighten the bolts that secure the fender to the body, and align the fender with the hood. There should only be a small, even gap all the way across the hood. To reposition the fender, simply pull or push on it. Once the fender is positioned correctly, tighten the bolts with the ratchet.
- Nissan Altima Factory Service Manual
- "Auto Body: Repairing and Refinishing;" William K. Toboldt; 1993
- Take your time positioning the fender. It is a game of trial and error and will require patience.
Things You'll Need
- Ratchet and socket set
- New fender
- Wear eye protection to protect yourself from injury.
Shayrgo Barazi is a college graduate with a degree in automotive engineering technology (B.S.c.) from Ferris State University. He is a successful writer and has taken a college level technical writing course. He currently works for Time Wave Media writing automotive DIY articles. He has an intuition for technology and has the capacity to write, too.