Chevrolet Malibu Mud Guards
Common Concerns with the Chevrolet Malibu Mud Guards
The mud guards on your Chevrolet Malibu absorb the blows from mud, dirt, stones, rocks, and other damaging particles on the road, so your wheels and wheel well do not suffer too badly. It's a simple job that actually leads to far better savings down the road. That's why it is absolutely important that you keep tabs on the situation and circumstances of the mud guards as often as you can. You don't want them falling off at the worst possible moments-like when you are barreling fast along the open road. There are a few things that you can look out for that guarantee they will be always in the best shape. Here are some of them:
Excessive noise in the wheel well
This is actually the worst case scenario. If you've been driving around with a mud guard installed for a long time, you'll notice that your Malibu makes a specific sound while it drives down the road. When you lose one of your mudguards, the sound changes because all the debris that is deflected away from your car are no longer turned away-hence all the stuff starts knocking the interior surface of your wheel well.
Obviously, at this point, the only thing you can do is purchase a replacement. It bears mentioning that it is better to replace both at the same time for consistency and easy monitoring.
Consistent flapping noise
This symptom is not as bad as the one up there. At this point, your mud guard might have a huge enough tear that is agitated by the wind blowing on it, or it's come loose at the point where it attaches to your car. It is very important that you stop immediately and assess the damage on the guard-or guards. Whether there's any tearing or the attachment has come lose, it's best to uninstall it temporarily while you scrounge together materials for repair. Sure, you'll drive around without a mud guard for a while, but at least you will not lose it altogether.
Epoxy putty works well to take care of cracks, and some new bolts help re-secure the attachment. Ultimately, it falls on you to decide if it's salvageable or if it will be replaced outright.