Infiniti Qx4 Bug Shield
Common Problems with the Infiniti Qx4 Bug Shield
Though they are small, the bugs that you encounter on the road while driving can cause major damage to your car. Your visibility on the road, especially at night, will be negatively affected when they collide with your car. Aside from being annoying, these instances can also put you at risk of injuries and accidents. These situations are exactly what the bug shield of your Infiniti Qx4 was made for. Your car's bug shield is what protects your hood and windshield from getting splattered with flying insects. It redirects the bugs away from the windshield to maintain good visibility. Unfortunately, your car's bug shield may also experience problems. Take note of these common issues to watch out for in your Infiniti Qx4's bug shield so that you can fix it as soon as possible.
Hood paint is chipping.
If you notice that the paint on your Infiniti Qx4's hood is chipping, then your car's bug shields are probably failing. This is what happens when the insects that you encounter on the road escape your vehicle's bug shield and collide with the hood. When the bugs splatter and dry on the surface of your vehicle's hood, they will become difficult to remove. As a result, the paint will be compromised and may start to chip.
Fuel economy is going down.
The bug shield of your car is designed to improve the aerodynamics between the hood and the windshield. It's an aerodynamic component that is attached to the front end of your vehicle's hood with the intention of creating a slipstream effect that will lift debris over the windshield. However, anything that is added to your vehicle that increases the frontal surface area will cause the drag on your car to increase as well. This usually results to a reduced fuel economy.
The plastic bug shield is starting to crack.
If the bug shield installed on your Infiniti Qx4 is made of plastic, you might see cracks and other signs of wear on your bug deflector. Although they are made from durable types of plastic like ABS and acrylic, plastic pug shields may wear out and break over time due to long exposure to the heat of the sun. Too much heat coming from the sun's rays can degrade plastic and make it brittle and easy to break.