Ford F-150 License Plate Bracket
Common Issues with the Ford F-150 License Plate Bracket
A license plate bracket is a good investment for your Ford F-150. With all the wild adventures that you're likely to undertake, it keeps your important license plate securely in place. Now, it is difficult to keep tabs on your bracket because it is such a small part with a quiet role to play. If it falls off, it could be some time before you even notice it. There are several signs that you can look out for to make sure that your Ford F-150 license plate bracket is in great shape:
Creaks up front
When your bracket comes loose due to a lost bolt or a bad crack, the first warning is audible. You will likely hear it slapping repeatedly as you drive along. Once you hear it--it is going to e very loud, it is best to pull over and deal with it. If the cause is a missing bolt, replace it. It is a pretty standard size for a bolt. If the damage was due to breakage, secure it temporarily with tape then use epoxy to glue it back in place. Depending on the severity of the damage, it might be a better idea to replace it.
Discoloration and surface damage
When exposed to heat of extremes in temperature, the surface of the bracket can get discolored. This is usually due to deterioration of the enamel coloring or the chrome. This usually is not too serious and does not lead go immediate breakdown. If left untended to, it could lead to breakage. Cleaning is the first step, and repainting brings back the old look. For chrome, brushing with steel wool has the same effect. After that, you should coat the surface with weatherproof wax.
If you notice that your bracket is constantly breaking down or damaged, you might have to re evaluate the fit. People do not realize it, but sometimes, the simply do not get the proper fitting bracket. Always give some allowance around the plate and do not get too snug fitting a bracket to match it. It is a small thing that goes a long way.