Quick and Hassle-free Hood Protector Installation
If you are fond of taking leisurely drives, then you have to make sure that your vehicle is equipped with a hood protector. Typically made from high-quality plastic, this part is mounted on the hood to stop bugs and road debris from entering the engine. Also, with the help of this protector, rocks and other kinds of flying fragments can be prevented from damaging the windshield. Fortunately, installing this part is easy. Read on to know the steps and the tools that you'll need to accomplish this task.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
Preparing the vehicle
Depending on your vehicle's make and model, the grill assembly may have to be removed. If the assembly is connected to the hood, then you have to uninstall it.
Finding the mounting bolts
The hood protector needs to be secured using several mounting screws. So, whether you dismantled the grill assembly or not, you still need to locate the mounting holes under the hood. Once you found the holes, clean the edge of your vehicle's hood using the rag and rubbing alcohol.
Installing the hood protector
If you think that the hood is clean enough, then it's time to set the hood protector in place. Make sure that the holes of the protector line up with those of the hood. Then, using the screwdriver, tighten the mounting screws to secure the protector in place. However, depending on what you bought and your vehicle's make and model, you may need grommets and brackets to attach the protector.
Protecting the hood from scratches
To protect your hood's paint from getting chipped or scratched, use the adhesive strip that comes with the protector. Remove the adhesive's cover, and then stick it to the hood gently. Make sure that it is set firmly so that the edge of the hood will not get damaged.
Finishing the installation
Once the hood protector is installed, reattach the parts of your vehicle's grill assembly if you removed them. If not, then take your vehicle out for a ride, and enjoy your new hood protector.