Common Issues with a Dodge Stratus Bug Shield
It's long, slender, and made from the toughest materials; these are the qualities of a good Dodge Stratus bug shield. These bug shields are primarily designed to protect your hood's precious paint job and windshield against the bug's body fluids, as it hits your vehicle. Thanks to the bug shield's aerodynamic design, it doesn't only protect your Dodge Stratus against bugs, but it also helps deflect road debris and flying stone chips. However, bug shields also face common issues like scratches, improper installation, and even noise while driving at 60 miles per hour. Once you encounter these issues, it's time to check your vehicle's bug shield. Below are some of the concerns encountered with the Dodge Stratus bug shield:
Scratches and cracks
Well, since bug deflectors are usually mounted on the leading edge of your vehicle's hood, they basically shield your vehicle's windshield and hood against bugs, rocks, and other road debris. Over time, signs of damage and stress will appear on your bug shield-scratches, cracks, and chips are the most common. If you see these signs of damage, you can opt to clean it or repair it with acrylic fillers or solvents to fix it. You can also opt to buy a new bug shield if you prefer to replace it anyway.
Crackling sound at 60 mph
Okay, the crackling sound while driving at 60 miles per hours is actually wind noise due to the redirected air after installing a bug shield on your vehicle. There are two areas these noises can be heard from: on top of your vehicle's windshield or from underneath the windshield wipers' plate. Loose trim running down the sides of the windshield and a loose rubber strip under the wipers' plate causes the crackling noise while driving at highway speeds. Running a bead of caulk and installing tape between the bug shield's trim and windshield will minimize the crackling noise. Changing or securing the piece of rubber underneath the windshield wipers' plate will also reduce the noise from underneath the hood.
Vibrating wipers and a shaking hood
This usually happens after installing a new bug shield on most vehicles, especially pickup trucks. The vehicle's hood tends to bounce, and it could be caused by faulty hood hinges. Check your vehicle's hood hinges or struts for signs of wear. Tighten loose bolts and secure them properly.