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Dodge Stratus Bug Shield

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.

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  • How to Keep Your Dodge Stratus Bug Shield in Tip-top Condition

    Built from the toughest and most rugged acrylic or ABS plastic materials, the Dodge Stratus bug shield protects your vehicle's hood against flying insects and, to an extent, from flying rocks and other road debris. Basically, bug shields are installed across a vehicle's front end which looks like a shallow visor rising above the vehicle's hood. Some bug shields also extend throughout the sides of the hood to provide more protection. But due to its location, bug shields are also prone to weathering and damage due to debris. If you want to keep your vehicle's bug shield in tip-top condition, follow these simple maintenance tips to experience a debris and bug-free driving experience:

    Clean it up.

    If you want your Dodge Stratus to look handsome or sleek with its new bug shield, better clean it up. Nobody wants to see piles of dead Kamikaze bugs sprayed all over the bug shield. Cleaning the bug shield ensures that your ride will always look nice and tidy. Use a hose to spray water on your vehicle's front end to remove bugs from the shield. With a sponge and mild car shampoo, rub off the dead bugs from the shield and give it a good rub. Make sure not to damage the bug shield's protective UV coating. Wash your car's front end, including the grilles to completely wash off any bug carcasses from your vehicle.

    Give it a thorough inspection.

    Once a while, give your vehicle's bug shield a thorough inspection. Check it for signs of damage like cracks, chips, or scratches. Although these shields or deflectors are made from the best materials, they can still suffer occasional chips from rocks, cracks from road debris, and scratches from dust particles. Inspect any retaining screws, fasteners, or double-sided tapes securing the shield to your vehicle's hood because they may be loose or worn-out. Repair any broken parts with plastic adhesive and replace worn-out fasteners, screws, or tapes immediately.

    Make the necessary adjustments.

    Aside from protecting your vehicle's hood and windshield from flying insects and debris, bug shields serve as wind deflectors to minimize drag during high-speed driving. If positioned properly, a bug deflector can improve your vehicle's overall aerodynamics. Make sure that the bug deflector is adjusted properly to allow for the proper airflow. Have a professional installer adjust it for you if you're having trouble doing it yourself.