Hi folks, I have a 2001 3.5L with 207,000 miles. I just noticed a small beginning rip in the right front wheel well liner. I mean the curved sheet of black plastic in front of the right wheel and behind the right fog lamp.
I have in mind attempting to repair the rip with a patch of like material. I see that my local DIY has several solvent cements for plumbing suitable for PVC, CPVC, and ABS plastic pipe. Is this wheel well liner made of one of those plastics? Has anyone attempted this kind of fix? If the cement matches the material, what do you think of trying to glue on a patch?
Yep I wouldn't worry too much about what you use. Anything that bonds plastic should work well. In your shoes (and not knowing the size of the rip) I might just go get a replacement from a salvage yard.
One year later - - I bought the new replacement part from Paul rather than try to glue or weld it together. Seemed like the easiest, surest route.
Based on incomplete information/limited research I finally concluded that in the worst case scenario the liner could be HDPE. Info I found on line indicated that HDPE does not make a good solvent joint. It needs to be heat welded. Might have been fun to get a heat welder and attempt the fix, but a replacement part seemed way easier. Thanks, Paul.