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Ford Focus Window Visor

Easy Care and Maintenance Guide for the Ford Focus Window Visor

The window visors are often the last things to come to mind when someone mentions regular maintenance of your Ford Focus, but they do need a bit of care every now and then. Although considered to be maintenance-free, the Ford Focus window visor is still susceptible to wear and damage from the elements, especially given its location outside the vehicle. In this guide, we'll share some helpful tips you can use to maintain the window visors.

  • Check the adhesive backing for any loose ends.

The adhesive tape that's securing the window visor onto the door frame is designed to last the lifetime of the accessory, but it can weaken and lose its hold especially if it is contaminated with dirt and moisture. Eventually, this will cause the adhesive and, in turn, the visor to become loose and sag, resulting in rattling noises and preventing the window glass from closing properly.

If you notice any loose or sagging parts of the window visor, have the tape replaced as soon as possible. Make sure the mounting surface is clean and dry before applying the tape. If there is residue left over from the adhesive, you can clean it up with rubbing alcohol.

  • Restore faded translucent visors with toothpaste.

Translucent window visors tend to become cloudy over time due to UV exposure, but if the damage is minimal it can still be remedied by scrubbing it with toothpaste. Using a clean cloth or towel, rub the toothpaste in a circular motion over the surface of the visor, letting the abrasive compounds rub against and remove the deteriorated surface. Rinse well with water and let it air dry or wipe with a towel.

On the other hand, if the deterioration is extensive, you can try using a headlight restoration kit on the visors before thinking about replacing it. Headlight restoration kits work the same way as toothpaste, but are more intensive and reach deep into the plastic.

  • Do not place excessive force or weight on the visor.

It is easy to forget that window visors are just strips of plastic; with enough force and weight against it, the visor will bend and crack. So as avoid leaning on the visors or placing any heavy object against it.

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  • Tips When Installing a Ford Focus Window Visor

    There's really no good excuse for you not to install a Ford Focus window visor. Aside from keeping wind and flying objects away from the car's interior, this sporty car accessory is also quite easy to install. Most Ford Focus window visors available come in kits, so you can virtually mount them onto the car's windows straight from the box. If you are planning on installing a set of window visors onto a Ford Focus, here are some tips that you might find helpful along the way.

    Tip #1: Clean the window area.

    Before you start installation, it is a good idea to wash and dry the door frames where the visors will be mounted first. Window visors are secured into the car windows via a strong adhesive tape, but if the surface is dirty the tape will not stick properly.

    Ideally, you should wash the car windows with your preferred detergent before mounting the visors, but if the car window frame is not that dusty or dirty a simple alcohol wipe would do. Most kits usually come with one or two wipes for these purpose, which removes dirt, dust, wax and adhesive residue.

    Tip #2: Pre-fit the test the tape.

    No matter what tape is used, you should always check if the adhesive would stick before continuing the installation. Mount one visor loosely into place and wait at least a minute to see if the tape holds the visors on. If it falls off, clean the area again with rubbing alcohol, and try again. If it still doesn't hold for more than a minute, consider using another type of tape with a stronger adhesive.

    Tip #3: Press on the pedestal clips with a screwdriver.

    The window visor is further supported by a set of stick-on pedestal clips, but their location inside the visor makes them hard to reach with your fingers. Instead, use a screwdriver to reach the base of the pedestal clips and press the tape firmly onto the door frame.

    Tip #4: Once installed, leave the windows closed overnight.

    Doing so will help ensure that the tape has adhered properly onto the surface and that it has been compressed enough to prevent it blocking the window glass from closing properly later on.