Common Problems Encountered With the Mazda Rx-8 Splash Shield
The splash shield in your Mazda RX-8 is what saves you money and a trip to the car wash. As simple and plain as they may seem, these components play an important role in keeping parts of your vehicle safe from harsh weather conditions and road debris that may cause serious damage on your car. Not to mention the damage it will do on your wallet when these problems get worse and your car ends up in an auto repair shop. Your splash shields or mud flaps are placed in your vehicle's wheel to protect your car from the splash of water, mud, snow, and rocks on the road. Aside from keeping your fenders clean, it also helps preserve the paint in that part of your vehicle. Unfortunately, your car's splash shield may fail when it gets worn out over time. Here are a few signs that your splash shields are starting to go bad.
Torn splash shield
Getting your Mazda RX-8 worn out and damaged cannot be avoided. This part of your car is located near the wheels and close to the road. It is also part of its job to catch dirt, mud, pebbles, rocks, and other elements that are definitely damaging. Aside from the road debris, minor accidents can also cause your splash shield to break. When you're pulling out of a street parking, the splash shield can get stuck in the crease of the curb and tear apart when it is pulled away by force as you drive the car.
Missing splash shield clip or mount
Too much wear can cause the clips that mount your splash shield to the car become loose and eventually fall off. When the clips of your splash shield do missing, there would be nothing to hold it in place and it will end up hanging loosely in your wheels, not doing its job.
Dirt and mud splash on the windows
If you notice that your vehicle is still looking dirty considering you have recently installed a new splash shield, then there could be a problem with the installation of the splash shields. If the shields are not installed properly, it won't be able to cover up the parts of your car that need cover the most. As a result, dirt will be splashed in placed where they are not supposed to splash on-your windows.