Troubleshooting Common Problems with Your Ford Expedition License Plate Bracket
Have you ever wondered how your license plate is attached to your car? That single plate that is part of your car's identity is held in place by brackets, and they are either mounted on your bumper or drilled through it. These brackets may have screws or metal clips that might accumulate rust and become corroded over time. You wouldn't want damaged brackets-even if they are not visible components of your car, brackets that are uncared for can mean disaster. You'll regret it one day when you suddenly find out that your license plate has been stolen because it was so easy to remove, or it has fallen off because of corrosion. Here are some troubleshooting and diagnostic steps to take to get to the bottom of your Ford Expedition license plate bracket problems:
Rust present on aluminum brackets
If you have a license plate bracket that is made from aluminum alloy, is partially visible, and is rusty, it can stick out like a sore thumb. Remove the mounting screws on the brackets, inspect them for rust, then proceed with fixing the damage. Cleaning aluminum surfaces and keeping them rust-free can be done using a few household materials. A solution including tartar, vinegar or lemon juice, and some water can be applied to the affected areas. Use a steel wool afterwards to carefully remove rust that has not gone off after applying the solution.
Rattling noises coming from the license plate frame
You might have purchased a car that does not have a front plate because the state it was from did not require the owner to install one. You already have a license plate ready, but the brackets you purchase might not fit exactly with the license plate frame. Because of this, the license plate frame has the tendency to sag and rattle when you are driving. Use zip ties to tighten the fit of the license plate frame against the bracket but only as a temporary solution. Attach them to the brackets and onto the braces on the frame to compensate for the loose fit. Make sure the zip ties secure the frame really well, as more problems can arise if you have done a poor job of attaching them.