When it comes to the workings of your car, one critical component is your bumper. Unfortunately, by many, a Volvo bumper is often overlooked as to having any significant importance. Many people consider a bumper a minor safety feature. That is a falsehood.
When something goes wrong with your bumper, it is imperative that you have it fixed or replaced the bumper entirely. Let's find out a little bit more about bumpers and why they are so essential.
Your Bumper Plays an Important Role
As just suggested, it is less for safety and more for a plethora of other reasons that your Volvo bumper is a much-needed part on your Volvo. So, what's a bumper for, after all?
The HTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has very specific ideas when it comes to the design of bumpers. Specifically, they are used to protect the cooling, exhaust, and fuel systems; the grill, hood, and trunk; and to protect equipment related to safety like taillights, headlamps, and parking lights. Numerous important parts of your vehicle are protected by your Volvo bumper.
The History of the Bumper
Back when American muscle cars were popular, a little impact may have been absorbed and, of course, appearance was a major role played by bumpers. But that all changed around the mid-70s. Then, for low-speed crashes, to minimize part damage by absorbing some shock, changes were made to bumpers. Manufacturers had to abide by newly mandated rules and regulations.
Routinely, bumper damage is not worried about very much by car owners. Dings and dents frequently go uncared for. Car owners don't seem to think that the condition of their Volvo bumper affects how their Volvo performs. That's not exactly true.
Because bumpers have an inside, an outside, and numerous parts, we have to look at bumpers as more than just an outer casing that gets dented and dinged. The real structure of a bumper is provided by metal and Styrofoam that lies beneath its outer portion. Though damage may look minor on the outside, inner bumper damage that is deeper could be hidden from view. That damage must be fixed as soon as possible.
Occasionally, this deeper, inner core of a bumper may be damaged without showing any external damage on the outer core! Because of the design of a Volvo bumper, repair must be done if an inner problem exists because that bumper may no longer perform adequately in a collision. And that can be dangerous.
Better to Be Safe Than Sorry
If you and your car are involved in even a minor to medium impact incident, even if everything seems to be working properly and the dent in your bumper seems medium-sized, it's best to get things checked out. You don't know what lies beneath! A crack may have been created in your engine or radiator. That's going to be trouble down the line. And soon!
Best thing to remember – a fender bender may end up bending (or breaking or cracking) more than just a fender.
By now, you should be able to see for yourself that, though overlooked on a regular basis, your Volvo bumper plays many important roles in the operation of and protection of your Volvo. And when it comes to replacing parts on your car, best practice is always to use parts that were made specifically for a Volvo. Using generic parts may save money briefly, but in the long run, can end up costing more. They simply were not made specifically for a Volvo, so cannot function as perfectly as a Volvo part would!