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Fender Bender Fix:

Replacing A Fender
On A 2000 Dodge Stratus

 

In This Article:

Various fasteners are removed so the fender can be taken off and replaced.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 1 Hour

Start:

This 2003 Dodge Stratus had a dent on the right front fender. You can see the damage between the tire and the door, towards the top of the wheel well.

 

We removed the right headlamp assembly by removing a 5-inch long bolt.

This bolt required a 7mm socket.

 

This is the big long 5-inch bolt that held the headlamp assembly in place.

 

We removed the electrical connection from the headlight bulb.

 

Then we unplugged the turn signal connector.

 

We removed a clip that held the plastic bumper cover to the fender. This was hidden behind the headlight assembly.

This was a 2-part "push clip" that has a center pin that spreads out two "legs".  We used a notched pry bar to back out the head of the center pin. Then the entire fastener could be pulled out.

If a notched pry bar is not available then a tack puller can also be used.

 

We removed the bolts that secured the wheel shield to the bumper cover.

This required a 7mm socket.

 

 

Then we removed a line-up bolt that attached the bumper cover to the fender.

This required a 10mm socket.

 

We removed a bolt that held the fender brace to the fender apron, (which is the inner fender support).

Also a 10mm socket.

 

Then we removed 3 bolts from the top of the fender, using a ratchet and a 10mm socket.

After removing those 3 bolts, we leaned the top of the fender away from the car.  This gave us easier access to the remaining fasteners.

 

We removed the splash guard, which is kinda like a built-in mud-flap. This required a 7mm socket.

AFTER the splash guard was removed, there was a bolt under the plastic that held the fender to the car body. This required a 10mm socket.

 

With the fender leaned outward, we pushed the wheel shield out of the way, and removed a bolt that connected the fender cross-brace to the hinge pillar (part of the car body).

This required a 13mm socket.

 

At this point we were able to remove the fender from the car.

 

A view of the back side of the old fender.

The red arrows point to the locations of mounting clips that must be removed to be re-used.

 

The car with no fender.

 

On some vehicles the front door hinges can be easily unbolted once the fenders have been taken off. You can see the hinges right next to the edge of the door.

 

The new fender after installation.

The fender was painted before installation, which eliminated the need for masking off various parts of the car.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Prybar
  • Sockets: 7mm, 10mm, 13mm
  • Ratchet

Materials Used:

  • Aftermarket Fender

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Written July 14, 2007