Spotting out Issues on a Ford Ranger Splash Shield
Your truck may be running on a powerful engine, but that wouldn't matter if you get water in it. When metal and water mix, corrosion builds up on the engine walls and other vehicle components, disrupting your truck's performance. You can thank your Ford Ranger splash shield from preventing water, mud, and road debris from getting into the engine block. Since splash shields take a lot of beating from environmental elements, it's expected that will become damaged eventually. Here are some common issues you can expect from your Ford Ranger's splash shield:
Splash shield doesn't fit well
The best splash shields are those that are made specifically for the vehicle where they're installed. If your truck's splash shield doesn't fit well on the underside of your vehicle, it might be because the shield is not meant for your truck's model and trim. Ill-fitting splash shields may work fine upon installation, but you'll notice a decrease in its performance after a few miles. Although you may still use the current splash shield that you have, it would be best if you purchase one that's made especially for your vehicle. That way, you don't have to worry about the splash shield falling off from your truck by accident.
If your truck's splash shield is loose, check the clips that hold it in place. You might need to do some tightening to make sure the shield doesn't rattle while you're driving.
Splash shield is hanging on one side
Several clips keep your truck's splash shield in place. If any of these clips have come off while driving, there's a change that your splash shield will hang on one side of your vehicle. You might notice a flapping sound from underneath your vehicle-this is your splash shield fluttering about.
Once the rest of clips come off, your splash shield will be completely removed from the bottom of your truck. A temporary fix to this is by using zip ties to keep the shield in place. However, you need to replace the zip ties with splash shield clips for better security.