Over time, constant exposure to dirt, water, snow, or sludge can take its toll on your vehicle's under-the-hood components. And if you live in an area where it frequently rains or snows, then this problem becomes even more difficult. To put your worries to rest, why not invest in a good and durable splash shield to get your vehicle the protection that it deserves? To help you out, here's is a short and basic guide on what you need to know about automotive splash shields.
Splash shields are common car accessories used to protect the components beneath the vehicle. Some splash shields are attached to the inner fenders to protect the vehicle's braking components from getting wet while others are attached beneath the vehicle to protect the engine's components from getting dirty, rusty, and damaged.
Some splash shields are not only made to protect your vehicle from dirt, but some are also designed to lessen the heat in your system. This helps improve the car's overall performance and it also increases gas mileage.
- Plastic - Plastic splash shields are durable and typically made using high-density polyethylene or impact-resistant plastic.
- Fiberglass - Fiberglass splash shields are made to be durable to last for a long time.
Fender Liner or Splash Shield Installation
Here's a general guide that you can follow to install fender liners or splash shields on the front fenders of your vehicle.
Step 1: Before you begin, make sure the steering wheel is turned all the way to one direction.
Step 2: After that, uninstall your old fender liners or splash shields by removing the clips or screws that hold it in place. For this step, you may need to turn the steering wheel again.this time to other direction to be able to remove all the clips and screws.
Step 3: Once you've taken the mounting components out, removing the liner or the shield should be easy.
Step 4: Before putting up the new liner, clean the installation area first to remove any dirt or grime.
Step 5: Position the new splash shield and make sure that all the mounting holes are perfectly in line before you clip it or put in the screws.
Engine Splash Shield Installation
Here's a general guide for installing engine splash shields. Depending on your vehicle, some of the steps below may vary or may not be applicable.
Step 1: Before you begin, see to it that your car is parked in a flat-level surface to prevent it from leaning or rolling.
Step 2: Jack the car up to raise it and support it using jack stands.
Step 3: If you're car has an existing engine shield, remove it by carefully taking its screws and by sliding it out.
Step 4: After that, inspect for any other signs of damage that might need your attention.
Step 5: Get the new splash shield and align all the mounting holes to get them to match. If the positions are already perfect, put in the screws or clips to secure the component in place.