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  • FENDERS - RANDOM HAIRLINE CRACKS "STAR CRACKING" IN REAR SHEET MOLDING COMPOSITE (SMC) FENDERS - DUAL REAR WHEEL VEHICLES OPERATING IN SEVERE DUTY CONDITIONS
Publication Date: JANUARY 19, 1998

LIGHT TRUCK:
1987-1997 F-350

This TSB article is being republished in its entirety to include 1997 model year vehicles.

ISSUE:

Random hairline cracks, "star cracking," may occur in the rear Sheet Molding Composite (SMC) fenders on vehicles operating in an environment of loose surface debris and/or sub-zero temperatures. This may be due to the tires occasionally propelling rocks/debris into the unprotected area of the underside of the fender, resulting in the paint cracking on the exterior surface.

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