How to Install Mud Guards the Right Way in Four Easy Steps
The mud guards of your vehicle prevent road spray like stones, sand, and mud from being thrown up by the tires. Aside from defending your car's body from the flying debris, they also protect the other vehicles behind you from catching the road spray. If you notice that the mud guards of your vehicle are already cracked and damaged, here's an installation guide to help you replace them safely and correctly.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Preparing for the task
Use the floor jack and the jack stands to lift the vehicle. Remove the tires before detaching the mud guards so you'll have more work space. When that's done, take off the old mud guards from your vehicle and clean the area thoroughly. Clean the bolts and the screws as well and put them aside.
Fitting the new mud guards
Locate the mount holes of the screws and bolts. Take the new mud guard and align it position using the holes as a guide. The mud guard should fit seamlessly in place.
Drilling the holes
Take the drill and the drill bit. Make sure that it's the correct drill bit size before using it. Otherwise, it may create a hole that's too wide. Get the plastic inserts that should come with the new mud guards, and place it on the mounting hole. Hold the mud guard in position and drill the first hole. Place the screw or the bolt after drilling the hole, but don't tighten it yet. Do this for the rest of the holes until they're complete.
Aligning the mud guards correctly
Check the mud guard if it's in straightly aligned. If it is, tighten the screws and bolts properly. Do the same procedure for the rest of the mud guards.
- Park your car on a level surface to ensure that the mud guards you'll install are straight. Place a mark on the their surface to know the front and back parts.
- Look for mud guards that have stainless steel weights or chrome anti-sail brackets. These will prevent the mud guards from sailing upward while you're driving your car.