How to Remove the Fender on a Ford F-250

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Things You'll Need

  • Large stick

  • Screwdriver

  • Wrench

  • Allen wrench

The fender is mounted to the engine compartment and fender well

There can be a number of reasons to disconnect one of the front fenders on your Ford F250 pickup truck. The fender may have been damaged in a collision and needs repair or replacement. It may also need painting or rust removed while the rest of the truck does not. The fender is mounted in place with several fasteners, and you can badly damage it if not removed properly. This may take at least two people.

Step 1

Lift up the hood and support it with a prop like a large stick. Remove the truck's support strut by detaching the retaining clips with a small screwdriver and sharply prying it out.

Step 2

Take out the housings for the headlights and turn signals. Pull up the release clips for the headlights and disconnect the electrical connectors, then remove the mounting screws for the turn signal housing and slide it forward and out of the truck.

Step 3

Disconnect the radiator grille. Remove the plastic trim panel on top of the assembly by removing its retainers, remove the four upper mounting screws, detach the lower half clips and pull it out.

Step 4

Unscrew the screws for the splash shield in the fender well and remove it. Remove the running board if one is equipped.

Step 5

Remove the bolts and retainers connecting the fender to the rocker panel and the radiator support, open the door and remove the door pillar bolts and then remove the upper bolts along the engine compartment edge. Most of these bolts require an Allen wrench.

Step 6

Detach the fender and move it away from the truck. Have an assistant support the fender as you remove it to avoid damaging the truck's other panels.


If the fender does not come off easily, it means at least one fastener is still attached. Find and disconnect this fastener, and don’t try to force the fender off.

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