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Old 07-13-2015, 03:55 PM   #1
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Stainless Steel Segment Damage

Hello, I need some advice here. The curb side Stainless Steel Stone Guard Segment was severely damaged by an exploding semi tire. I need to remove it to have it repaired/replaced. I noticed that the hinge is mounted by screws. I am reluctant to remove the screws because my experience with screws in aluminum will sometimes not be nice and tight when you try to put them back in. The hinge has a wire center that I believe can be pulled/pushed out to separate the two haves of the hinge without removing the screws. Has anyone done this or does anyone know the correct removal method?
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:16 PM   #2
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I just went out and took a look at mine. The hinge is as you said attached with screws to the shell. The other part of the hinge is attached by rivets to the guards. You might be able to drill out the rivets. I do not pretend to know what is the best method.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:49 PM   #3
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I removed mine by unscrewing the screws. Replacement went on tight, with the same screws. That was a few years ago, and the screws are still tight.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:06 PM   #4
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A little dab of sealant on each screw as you put it back in should do it. Get ready for sticker shock, replacement guards are expensive. That said, your guard probably prevented a lot more expensive damage to the Airstream when it gave it's life in the tire explosion.
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:25 AM   #5
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Thank you for the input. I was concerned about the screw holes due to having to replace a loose screw with a larger one on the mount for the curtain by the door. I realize now that it was probably stripped by the worker that installed it.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:11 PM   #6
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Buy and use some Loctite when you replace them. That will also seal the hole since re-tightening the screws may leave some gaps that weren't there on original mounting.
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The trucks insurance will pay for damages, if you know who it was....
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I had a damaged stainless steel segment protector once, and repaired it (read, beat it back into shape) with a rubber hammer. The stuff works much easier than aluminum.
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