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Ford Explorer License Plate Bracket

Constant Headaches Caused by a Ford Explorer License Plate Bracket

Sometimes, you would just feel that the things around you are tasked to eventually become complicated; even your Ford Explorer license plate bracket, which you assumed would cause you no problem, finds a way to give you a headache. And, it doesn't stop there; the headache grows even more painful as problems go on top of one another. In a bid to guide you away from these headaches, we listed the answers to some common problems experienced with a license plate bracket.

Loose plates

The first problem your license plate bracket gives you is it being loose. A loose plate would scratch the paint and coating of the metal under it and your car's bumpers. The license plate is bound to loosen up because of old age and the constant shakes it experiences. The ideal way to solve this is to do a retightening job every time you feel that your car's plate shakes a little too much; looking at it every six to seven months would be great. Also, a lot of car owners take another step to solve this problem by using double-sided tape or adhesives on the back of the license plate.

Finding the right screws

A bigger problem would be if you see that your license plate is loose because you have the wrong screws for it.

How the bracket is bolted on differs across car models and vehicle types. Some dealers use plastic bolts, others use metal hooks; there are also zip ties and rivets sold in the market. However, you cannot just choose whatever bolt you want for your car. A wrong screw may not be able to hold the license plate assembly tightly in place, causing it to shake; it can also hold the plate too tightly, damaging the body of your car.

Unaligned holes

Perhaps the biggest headache you can get is having unaligned holes. Imagine buying a new plate and halfway into the installation, the holes are centimeters away from one another-definitely worth getting pissed off about. This usually means that the mount is slightly tilted, causing its holes to miss the holes of the plate. If you tilted the mount but the holes still do not align, the plate may have been altered or wrongly made.

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  • Keeping Your Ford Explorer License Plate Bracket On

    There are a lot of reasons why you should maintain the condition of you license plate bracket; the most important one we could think of is that the police wouldn't appreciate a barely seen or unreadable license plate. To save you from getting pulled-over, we listed tips to keep your Ford Explorer license plate bracket in good condition.

    Wipe it regularly

    A properly bolted license plate would need to be wiped, cleaned, and polished regularly. We recommend that you wipe the plate at least every three to four months, while the polishing can be done as seldom as twice a year. Doing so would avoid a buildup of dirt in the assembly and prolong the life of the part.

    If you want to take an extra step, we advise that you clean the assembly after driving on a dusty, muddy, or rough road. A quick wipe would immediately get the dirt and dust out.

    Stop using adhesives

    Adhesives and double-sided tapes are the common solutions used by car owners every time they notice that their license plate is loose. Although they get the job done, using them isn't exactly healthy for your car. There are number of reasons why: one, it would be impossible to take off the license plate without ruining the paint and coat of the metal under it-because you glued them together, wise guy; two, the adhesive risks a faster buildup of moisture which can cause the metal to wear out faster; and three, they are no longer plates but stickers.

    We recommend that you step away from the adhesives when putting the license plate on your car. Just stick to using bolts and screws because that is what the holes on the plate are for.

    Use the right screws

    When we said "stick to the bolts and screws", we didn't mean just any bolt and screw. The bolting mechanism of license plate brackets differs across vehicle types and car models. The plates can be bolted on by plastic clips, metal hooks, zip ties, or other rivets. We recommend that you check your car's manual before purchasing a random screw from the store. Getting the right screw would allow you to properly install the plate and not risk putting the plate on too tightly or loosely.