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Ford Ranger Bug Shield

A Guide to Maintaining the Ford Ranger Bug Shield

Bug shields are often touted as maintenance-free by their manufacturers, but they still need some care every now and then. Just like any other truck accessory, the Ford Ranger bug shield is just as vulnerable to wear and damage and will break down rather quickly without maintenance. The following are some simple yet effective ways to maintain the bug shield:

  • Avoid automatic car washes.

Drive-in car washes can get rid of most if not all of the dirt and grime that builds up on the bug shield, but the hard bristles on brushes commonly used in automatic car washes also tend to leave scratches on the surface. So when cleaning the bug shields, stick to the sponge dipped in soap and warm water.

  • Don't use harsh cleaning agents.

Bug shields are typically coated with a clear finish that helps protect against UV rays and repel stains. However, this finish can be stripped off if you use cleaning agents with string chemicals, such as those found in bleach and certain stain removers for instance. This is why it is often recommended to wash the shields with a mild detergent and water.

  • Clean bug stains with penetrating oil.

While bug shields are effective in deflecting bugs from the hood and windshield, they are not so good in shielding itself against them. Ford Ranger owners who live near lots of vegetation, in particular, will often find their bug shields littered with bug spatter that are hard to remove with soap and water. And while you can find commercial bug remover that can effectively remove these stains, you can do just as well as with good old penetrating oil. Simply apply the oil directly onto the stain, let it soak for several minutes, and wipe with a clean cloth. Be careful not to get oil on transparent surfaces such as on the windshield or headlights, as this can leave an unsightly film that's hard to remove.

  • Restore black matte bug shields with tire coating

Tire coating products can make tires look brand new again, and it can also do the same for bug shields that have a black matte or semi-matte finish. Apply the tire coating in the same way as you would with your tires, and wipe any excess with a piece of cloth.

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  • Important Tips to Follow When Installing a Ford Ranger Bug Shield

    A bug shield is a convenient way to keep bugs and small rocks from scratching and staining the hood of your Ford Ranger. This accessory is quite easy to install, as it is often sold in kits with installation instructions and hardware included.

    Installing a Ford Ranger bug shield can be quite easy, but it does need to be done properly to ensure that it stays in place even when driving in high speeds. In this guide, we've listed down some key tips that you can use to install a bug shield in your Ranger.

    Tip #1: Clean the area before starting.

    Bug shields are typically secured with a combination of plastic fasteners and adhesive backing, with the latter requiring a clean, dust-free surface in order to stick properly. Wash the area along the front of the hood where the shield will be installed. Use your preferred car shampoo and warm water, rinse, and wipe dry. Do not wax or polish on the area, as this may prevent the adhesive from sticking onto the surface.

    Tip #2: Check if all the components are included in the kit.

    Most bug shield kits contain the shield, fastener, the adhesive backing, and the installation manual. Make sure that all of the parts indicated in the manual are included and take note of anything missing. You can usually find replacement fasteners or tape on auto parts stores, although it is best to check with the manufacturer first.

    Tip #3: If the hood has a rubber seal, place the shield under it.

    Remove the rubber seal first and place it on top of the bug shield so that the shield is sandwiched between the hood and the seal. Doing so will help protect both the shield and the hood from scratches, particularly in the mounting points, and prevent moisture from seeping through the shield.

    Tip #4: Make sure all the fasteners are tightened properly.

    The fasteners should have a snug fit on their mounting bolts; otherwise, they will eventually come off and cause the shield to peel off from the hood. However, do not use thread-locking agent or glue in securing the fasteners, as this will make removal of the shield more difficult.