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.
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.
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.
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.