How to Replace a Toyota Fender

by Russell Wood

The phrase "fender bender" was invented for a reason, and most times, it happens because of a collision. No matter what reason you have for swapping out your original fender, doing the work on your Toyota isn't an incredibly difficult job and takes 30 minutes or so. In this case, the project vehicle is a 1995 Toyota pickup, but the process is similar for other vehicles.

Unbolt the corner lens from the fender using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Once it's free, twist out the light bulb from the corner lens with your hands.

Pop the hood and hold it up using the hood prop. Then unbolt the top of the fender from the core support and body using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.

Open the door and unbolt the fender from the cab of the vehicle using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets. Unbolt the bolt at the bottom of the fender by the door as well.

Unbolt the fender from the core support, just behind the bumper, using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Lift the fender away from the vehicle.

Place the replacement fender onto the body and loosely bolt it in place with your hands. This is just to temporarily align the fender before you start tightening things.

Push, pull or adjust the fender until the gaps between the fender and hood and the door are where you want them. Then tighten down every bolt using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets.

Install the corner lens light into the corner lens using your hands and then screw the corner lens into the fender using the Phillips-head screwdriver.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.