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Ford Escape Bug Shield

Don't Let it Break: Ford Escape Bug Shield Maintenance

Your car's bug shield as well as the vent visors accentuate your vehicle's overall look. Although they seem to be neglected most of the time, your Ford Escape bug shield also needs some maintenance every now and then. To get the most out of the bug shield, it's a must that you keep it in good working condition. A few ways to do this include the following:

  • Restore a hazy bug shield with a plastic polish.

Despite its size, your car's bug shield is also subject to wear and tear over time. Once you notice that the bug shield is starting to become hazy, it's best that you act on it immediately. You can spread some clear plastic polish on it to restore its optical clarity. At times, polishing only the top side just won't do the trick. You might want to take the bug shield off to reach underneath as well. Doing so ensures that the back portion of the shield gets polished, so that the haze from both sides can be removed. Be careful when returning the bug shield into place, and see to it that it's aligned with your vehicle's hood and bumper.

  • Have a regular cleaning schedule.

It's one thing to have a regular car-cleaning habit, but it's another to have a dedicated time for cleaning the bug shield. Unlike other intricate components of your vehicle, your bug shield won't require you to spend hours washing it. By simply using soap and water, you can clear off dirt and grime from the shield. It's enough to wash away bugs as well. However, some dirt might have stuck on the shield for a long time, making them harder to remove. What you can do is to use a clean rag to wipe it off while applying a little amount of pressure. Make sure that you don't wipe too hard to avoid scratching the bug shield.

  • Use an all-purpose cleaner to revive the bug shield's black finish.

When soap and water fail to restore the bug shield's classy black finish, your next bet would be an all-purpose cleaner (APC). You can use an APC to remove the rainbow-like soap residue on the shield's surface. Aside from making the bug shield look brand new again, it also prevents dirt from sticking onto the surface for a certain period of time.

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  • Quick Ideas for Proper Installation of a Ford Escape Bug Shield

    Investing in a fine, high-quality bug shield pays off when you realize how it can protect your vehicle's exterior parts. The windshield, for example, benefits from the bug shield as the latter deflects not just bugs but also tiny rocks from hitting the glass. Plus, the car hood stays unscratched by road debris, thanks to your Ford Escape bug shield. Now that you know the importance of having a bug shield, here are some tips you can use when installing it:

    • Prepare the car hood by washing it before the installation.

    If you have an existing bug shield, then the first thing you need to do is to remove the old bug shield. Make sure that you clean the surface afterwards to allow the new bug shield to stick properly onto the hood. You can use soap and water to wash off dirt, debris and other contaminants. Check if all the dirt and grime had been removed, and dry it off completely with a clean cloth. Remember that the bug shield's adhesive won't stick to the surface if the hood is still moist.

    • Test-fit the bug shield to check for alignment.

    Position the bug shield at the location you want it installed. See if it fits exactly onto your vehicle's hood, and make the necessary adjustments to center it. Put a mark on each end of the hood where the bug shield's ends will be placed. Just be sure you mark it accurately, so you won't have to get confused when sticking the bug shield.

    • Don't forget to place the rubber bushings.

    Installing your Ford Escape bug shield won't be complete without the rubber bushings that keep the shield from touching the hood. These rubber bumpers allow you to stick the bug shield without rubbing the paint off the hood. This way, the bug shield stays intact and does not put the hood at risk of being scratched with its edges. If you happen to lose the rubber bushings from the package, you can always get some rubber bumpers from a car shop near you. Take note that you must buy those that are just the size of the gap between the bug shield and the hood.