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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 |
| 1987-1997 F-350 |
This TSB article is being republished in its entirety to include 1997 model year vehicles.
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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