Ford Escape License Plate Bracket
Usual Signs and Causes of Ford Escape License Plate Bracket Damage
Your license plate is very important if you want to avoid getting in trouble with the law, so it is only necessary to protect it with a sturdy Ford Escape license plate bracket. Exposure to dirt, moisture, accidents, and vibration can cause damage to your license plate bracket. To help you ensure that your license plate bracket is in tiptop shape, here are some common issues with this component:
Loose mounting screws or bolts
If you hear a rattling noise from the rear or front of your vehicle, but you are pretty sure that all the suspension system and exhaust system components are properly secured, you might want to check your license plate bracket for any loose screws or bolts. Due to excessive vibration, your license plate bracket's mounting bolts, screws, and even rivets can become loose and cause the bracket to rattle. If left unattended, missing or loose bolts and screws can even lead to the loss of your license plate bracket and license plate. If you notice that your license plate bracket is slightly askew, then tighten or replace any loose or missing bolts and screws on your assembly.
Rusted license plate bracket
Although license plate brackets were made to resist rust, long exposure to the elements can still allow corrosion to eat its way through this component. A simple visual check can tell you if your license plate bracket is suffering from rust, but you have to act on even the smallest rust spots quickly to prevent further damage. Spray an ample amount of rust inhibitor on the rust spots and pay extra attention on the mounting bolts and screws since these parts are usually the most susceptible to rusting.
Other troubleshooting tips
Since the location of your license plate bracket makes it quite prone to being damaged during a fender bender, this particular component can also be dented, scratched, or broken. A scratch or a dent can be easily repaired using normal metal body repair methods, but if your license plate bracket gets broken, you will probably need to replace it to avoid losing your license plate. Painted license plate brackets can also have chipped off or flaking paint which can make the exterior of your Ford Escape quite unsightly.