Your truck bed liner is an essential part of your vehicle, protecting your truck bed from damage caused by heavy loads, weather conditions, and general wear and tear. However, your liner can develop problems requiring repair or replacement over time.
Let’s discuss five signs you need to update your truck bed liner to get the most out of it.
Cracks and Tearing
The first sign that you need to update your truck bed liner is visible cracks or tears. The bed liner can prevent damage to your truck bed, but when cracks or tears appear, your cargo can rub against your truck bed, causing scratches, dents, or scrapes. Moreover, moisture can get into the cracks and cause rust, weakening the truck’s structure. If you see any visible cracks, replace your liner to prevent further damage.
Uneven or Worn-out Surface
If your truck bed liner wears out, it will develop an uneven surface that can’t protect your truck bed properly. A worn-out liner will likely have low points where water can collect, causing rust and corrosion in your truck bed. If the truck liner is to serve as a protective barrier, the surface should be smooth and even. If your truck bed liner looks uneven or worn out, it’s time to update it.
Another sign to update your truck bed liner is if there is a persistent foul odor in your truck bed, mainly after loading dirty or damp cargo. Over time, spills or wood stains on the liner will trap dirt and moisture, leading to a foul smell that lingers and is difficult to remove. Therefore, give your truck bed liner a thorough cleaning. If the odor persists, replace your truck bed liner to eliminate the source of the smell.
You don’t want your cargo to slide around and get damaged when driving down the road. A worn-out truck bed liner can become slick over time and lose its grip, making it prone to slipping cargo. To avoid possible damage, ensure your cargo remains in place and prevent spillage or any sudden stops on rough surfaces. If your cargo continually slides around, update your truck roll-on bed liner to prevent further damage to your truck bed and load.
Scratched Truck Bed
Lastly, if your bed liner can’t cover a scratch or dent on your truck bed, it’s time to get another bed liner. An old bed liner can’t fix any scratches or dents on your truck bed and will expose it to additional damage. Therefore, depending on the extent of the damage, you may also need bodywork on your truck bed before installing another bed liner.
Your truck bed liner is there to protect your vehicle against inclement weather, scratches, and wear. Some of the signs above can indicate the end of your liner’s life. It’s time to upgrade your bed liner to a more durable and reliable option to avoid damage. Have a professional install the new liner to ensure the replacement process is correct.
Eagle National has bed liners and other automotive parts to help you keep your truck in top shape and performance. Whether doing a full replacement or just repairing the old one, Eagle National can provide quality parts and accessories that will last many miles and years of use. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services!