Ford Ranger Tailgate Protector
Loose the tailgate protector on your Ford Ranger and you leave the tailgate vulnerable to serious damage and many other hazards. But that won't happen if you know how to take care of it. The following are some of the problems you may encounter with the Ford Ranger tailgate protector; learn about them so you can fix them whenever they appear:
As they name suggest, the tailgate protector shields the tailgate from harm. It is normal for them to receive some light damage and to handle excessive stress. As long as they damage isn't too extensive, you should worry much about it. If you're one to fret about the appearance of your vehicle, try sanding scratches and minor damage with some wet sandpaper.
The tailgate protector interferes with the truck bed tonneau.
There are some tonneau covers and tailgate protectors that may not be compatible with one another. If one is installed, the other may not fit perfectly or may not even be installed at all. In cases like this, you'll have to choose which among them you'd want to keep and throw out or give away the other. If your tailgate cover is brand new, try returning it to the manufacturer and buy another protector that is compatible with a tonneau cover.
Loose tailgate protector
Be sure to inspect your tailgate protector from time to time and observe whether or not it is flopping about of if there are gaps between it and the tailgate. For loose bolts and screws, just tighten them as needed; if there are any missing, replace them with new ones. If the tailgate protector is secured with the use of adhesives, you may have to remove the whole thing before you can reinstall the whole thing. Don't leave the protector unsecured for extended periods of time. They could rattle against the tailgate, damaging it and itself.
Some tailgate protectors are secured with the use of plastic fasteners, allowing you to install the protectors easily while keeping costs down for the manufacturer. Unfortunately, they're usually not as strong as metal bolts and screws. As a result, they may break after some time. Replace any loose or broken fasteners with new ones.