Jeep Grand Cherokee Bug Shield
Easy-to-Use Guide for Maintaining the Jeep Grand Cherokee Bug Shield
Bug shields for the Jeep Grand Cherokee are often touted as maintenance free, but this is not entirely true. While bug shields are made of tough plastic, they are still vulnerable to wear as well as to other types of damage brought by natural elements, particularly from constant exposure to the sun. Maintaining your Jeep Grand Cherokee bug shield helps keep it in top shape over a long period. To help you out, here are some simple yet effective ways to care for and maintain this accessory for your Jeep.
- Clean the bug shield by hand.
Periodic washing of the bug shield is still the best way to keep it clean, but it's recommend that you wash this accessory by hand. Manual washing of the bug shield ensures more thorough cleaning, especially in hard-to-reach areas such as underneath the blade. To wash the bug shield, you can use your preferred car shampoo and a sponge or a wash mitt. Do not use dish soap, ammonia-based cleaners, or brushes in cleaning the shield as these can damage the protective coat on the surface of the blade. Also, make sure to do the washing under a shaded area as direct exposure to the sun will cause the soap to dry too quickly and leave streaks on the surface.
- Polish the shield with wax.
After washing the bug shield, why not give it a coating of car wax as well? Car polish or wax provides the bug shield with the same benefits it gives your car's body panels, including improved stain and moisture-repellant properties and UV protection. The fact that it also gives the shield a shiny finish doesn't hurt either.
- Check for and replace any worn rubber bumpers.
Meant to prevent the bug shield from rubbing against the paint of the hood, the rubber bumpers tend to dry out over time, making them cracked and brittle to the touch. Regularly spraying these bumpers with penetrating oil will help in keeping them supple, but if the bumpers have become severely deteriorated, they must be replaced with new ones.