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Lexus ES300 Splash Shield

Usual Problems of the Lexus ES300 Splash Shield

Aside from covering up the underbelly of your car and making your wheel well much more appealing, your Lexus ES300 splash shield also protects very important components of the engine from rocks and other debris. However, this typically plastic component can eventually become worn out, and the important wiring harnesses and other parts that it protects can become exposed to all sorts of damage. Here are some of the most common Lexus ES300 splash shield problems:

Splash shield getting cracked

Constant exposure to the heat from your tires and the cold rain, mud, or snow can eventually make your splash shield brittle and prone to cracking. Small cracks in the splash shield that are only about an inch or two in length can be easily repaired using epoxy body filler. However if your splash shield has sustained some massive damage, then you're much better off getting a brand new one instead.

Splash shield rubbing on tires

When a visual inspection of your ES300's splash shield shows that certain portions of the component have been melted off, then your tires are probably coming in contact with your splash shield. Listen for squeaky noises from beneath your fenders whenever you're making a sharp turn since these noises usually point to your splash shield being melted off by your hot tires. You can get a new splash shield to replace your melted one. However, to ensure that this problem doesn't happen again, you need to trim or shape your splash shield to make sure that they won't rub on your tires any longer.

Splash shield falling off

If you hear a scraping sound from your wheel wells while you're cruising through the highway, then you might want to take a look at your car's splash shield. A broken, loose, or lost fastener clip, screw, or bolt is the most common reason of a splash shield that is falling off, so make sure that you check if all the mounting clips on your splash shield are still intact. In case any of the clips are broken or missing, you will have to get some replacements from your local hardware store.

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  • Tricks to Keep Your Lexus ES300 Splash Shield in Perfect Shape

    Without your Lexus ES300 splash shield, a lot of vital components in your engine bay would be in danger of sustaining damage from the rocks, mud, and road debris that are thrown by your rapidly rotating tires. To keep your splash shield in prime condition, follow these few simple tips:

    Remove your splash shield for a thorough cleaning every once in a while.

    With all the mud, road dirt, exhaust fumes, and every other sort of debris that gets caked on your splash shield, it's no wonder that it gets worn out pretty fast. Unfasten your splash shield from your car every couple of months and blast it with a stream of water to remove the dirt buildup. If it is still covered in grime, continue to clean it with a heavy-duty degreaser and a soft-bristled brush until it looks as good as new.

    Make sure that your splash shield is firmly attached to your car.

    Checking up on your splash shield's fastener clips, bolts, or screws from time to time can save your splash shield from being dragged on the road or from completely falling off. If any of the mounting clips seem to be too worn out to hold your splash shield up, replace them at once. To access your splash shield more easily, turn your steering wheel completely to one side.

    Trim your splash shield to avoid tire rubbing.

    Lowering your car, installing bigger tires, and rolling your fenders are just some of the reasons why you have to cut your splash shield to keep it from rubbing on your tires. Another option would be to use a heat gun to make your plastic splash shield more flexible and then slowly reshape the component.

    Always check your splash shield for cracks and repair the damage as soon as possible.

    Prevention is always better than cure, so try to keep the small crack on your splash shield from getting bigger as fast as you can. Make a habit of performing a visual inspection on your splash shield to see if there are small cracks or holes on it. If there are, repair them at once using a strong epoxy body filler.