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Kia Rio Splash Shield

Kia Rio Splash Shield Troubleshooting

You'll want to ensure that your Kia Rio splash shield is protecting your engine with utmost reliability and effectiveness. If it fails to do so, then your ride could suffer from problematic and very costly engine damage. To help you assess the condition of your splash shield, be sure to follow these basic troubleshooting tips.

Loose screws

A splash shield is typically connected to the under of a vehicle through the use of several screws. Over time, however, these screws can end up damaged or missing. In other instances, these screws can come loose. Either way, damaged, missing, or loose screws will leave your shield not securely fastened to your ride. Because of this, it may drag on the ground, which would cause some very serious damage to the component. In addition to that, when a splash shield is loose, it may allow rocks and other debris to get past it, doing damage to your engine. To solve such a problem, check your shield screws and have them tighten or replaced in order to ensure that your shield is adequately fastened.

Shield damage

Even if you don't drive over bumpy roads, your splash shield could become damaged due to punishment received from rocks, branches, and other road debris. Often times, your shield can become dented or scratched. You need not worry about such minor forms of damage, but these should be signs that your splash shield may soon give in to wear and tear. Cracks, on the other hand, are a cause of serious concern. When the splash shield begins to crack, it won't be able to provide your engine with substantial protection, and it must be replaced right away.

Grinding noises

Do you hear a grinding noise as you drive, and does this noise become loaded as you accelerate? If this is the case for you, then it's very possible that your splash shield is dragging across the pavement as you drive. This can be caused by a loose and/ or damaged splash shield. If you can solve this problem by simply reinstalling your splash shield, then that would be a more affordable remedy. However, if the shield is worse for wear, then have It replaced entirely.

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  • Kia Rio Splash Shield Maintenance

    Your splash shield is there to protect your engine against rocks, mud, and debris, which can cause some serious damage to you engine. This part takes a beating on a daily basis, so you'll want to lighten its load as much as possible. And when it comes to taking better care of your Kia Rio splash shield, you can't go wrong with these helpful maintenance tips.

    Tighten or replace screws.

    As time passes, there's a change that the screws that hold your splash shield in place come close, become damaged, or even get lost. This could cause your splash shield to hang loose, opening it up to damage and allowing dirt and debris to damage the engine. To solve this problem, either tighten the loose screws or have them replaced with new ones. Be sure to check the condition of your screws on a regular basis and tighten or replace them as deemed necessary.

    Regularly check for damage.

    It doesn't hurt to sneak a peek at your splash shield for significant damage. Check it to see whether or not its scratched up or banged up too badly. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for cracks in the shield. If they are minor enough to be sealed up, then that's a bonus for you. If not, you might have to replace your splash shield.

    Avoid rough road/ potholes.

    Driving over bumpy roads and potholes can do some serious damage to the under of your ride as it is subjected to unnecessary punishment. So by slowing down while driving over potholes or by avoiding them entirely, you'll be able to take better care of your splash guard and preserve its condition for many miles to come.

    Mind your suspension.

    The lower your vehicle is, the closer its under chassis is to the ground. And the closer your under chassis is to the ground, the more prone it becomes to damage. That being said, if you suspension components fail you, then they can lessen the clearance between your vehicle and the ground, especially when the vehicle dips as you hit the brakes. So by ensuring that your suspension parts are in prime condition, you provide your splash shield with better protection. In addition to that, avoid lowering your ride using performance suspension kits.