Getting mud on your tires can be pretty annoying, especially when it's cleaning time. Good thing you can get your hands on mud flaps?automotive accessories that are designed to protect your car's tires and wheels from mud, dirt, and road debris.
Mud flap installation
Mud flaps are usually designed for a straightforward DIY fit. So to save you some bucks, here's a step-by-step guide:
What you need:
- Screwdriver or wrench
- Drill and bit
Step 1: Test-fit the mud flaps. Before you attach a mud flap, check if it perfectly matches the contour of your vehicle's wheel wells and if there's enough clearance inside the wells.
Step 2: Clean the wheel wells. With a rag soaked in degreaser or car cleaner, rub off dirt, mud, or much stuck inside each wheel well. A clean well surface makes drilling and installation a piece of cake.
Step 3: Remove the tires. Once you've parked your vehicle on a leveled surface, remove the tires to have more room to work. Leveling the mud flaps can be tricky, so you really need a lot of work space.
Step 4: Level the mud flaps. Take a mud flap and place it inside the wheel well. Position it in such a way that the side with the decor is facing outward. See if the flap is off the ground at the right distance?it shouldn't be too low or too high.
Step 5: Drill the holes. Using a drill and bit that matches the size of the flap screws, drill holes on the surface of the wells. Attach the flaps by screwing them in place. However, don't tighten yet the screws since you need to double-check if the flaps have enough clearance off the ground and if they snugly fit inside the wheel well. Once everything is in order, you can now tighten the screws in place.
Mud guards maintenance
Because these automotive accessories are constantly exposed to plenty of muck and road debris, you need to clean them at least once every two weeks. If you frequently use your vehicle for off-road trips, it's best to give each mud flap a hose down after every trip. But before you wipe that cleaner-soaked rag onto your dirty mud guards, check if the cleaner is safe to use on the flaps. Keep in mind that mud guards come in different materials such as rubber and plastic. Using the wrong type of cleaner can do more harm than good.
To make the cleaning process easier, use a long-handle brush with soft bristles. This tool is effective in getting rid of stuck dirt and rocks without damaging the surface of the flaps. For stubborn dirt, spray some all-purpose car cleaner on the flaps. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the cleaner to break down the grime. Repeat the process until you've removed every piece and bit of muck. For a final touch, rub some conditioner or tire dressing onto the mud flaps to keep them looking new.