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Nissan Altima Splash Shield

Common Problems with a Nissan Altima Splash Shield

From mud, small stones, and water, a Nissan Altima splash shield ensures that your car's vital components are always protected. Aside from providing protection, it can also give your car a whole new look. With different styles, shades, and patterns to choose from, it can definitely compliment a car's overall style. But once it shows signs of wear or damage, it's time to do some troubleshooting. Here are some of the common problems with a Nissan Altima splash shield and the probable reasons behind them:

Rust

Rust is the number one reason why most splash shields fall off or don't perform well. Although most of these parts are either made from rubber polymers or ABS plastic, their metal components like screws and brackets easily succumb to rust. Water, road salts, and even mud can induce rust and eat up these parts. You can use penetrating lubricants to remove rust from the brackets and screws. Replace these rusted parts with brand new ones.

Noise

When you start hearing weird noises from underneath your car, it could be due to a damaged or loose splash shield. Check the source of the noise and determine its cause. If the splash shield seems to be loose or hanging, try to secure the screws and tighten them. You should also inspect the splash shield's brackets and make sure that they're also secured properly. A loose splash shield will allow dirt and water to enter your car's brake rotors and engine bay. This will greatly affect your car's overall performance.

Physical damage

It's the most common cause of part wear in any vehicle. A damaged splash shield will not only allow water to enter vital areas in your car, but also rocks and other road debris. These signs of physical damage may start from pin-sized holes to hairline cracks. If left unattended, they can get bigger and cause more problems. Epoxy resin putty and a coat of paint can easily cover up these cracks and holes. Paint will give it an extra coat of protection and waterproof it as well.

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  • Keeping a Nissan Altima Splash Shield in Good Condition 27 February 2013

    Keeping rocks, mud, and water at bay, a Nissan Altima splash shield ensures that these contaminants will not affect your car's driving performance. Made from dense materials, it's responsible for protecting the engine and brakes from premature wear and damage. Also, splash shields help circulate the airflow within the engine bay and brake system, allowing for these areas to cool much faster. Proper maintenance is needed to lengthen these shields' service life. Here are some quick tips to help you out:


    Clean and inspect them.


    Splash shields are usually located underneath your car's engine and near the wheel wells. Due to their location, all sorts of road debris, dirt, and mud can easily accumulate on them. Once they build up and harden, it will be hard to remove and wear the part out. A good spray or water will help wash away these signs of dirt on them. Don't forget to also clean your car's tires while doing this. A good mixture of car shampoo and water will really clean the area. A thorough cleaning can also reveal hidden signs of damage on the splash shield.


    Fill the cracks and mend the holes.


    After cleaning the splash shields, it's time to inspect them and assess for any sign of damage. Let your hands feel through the splash shield and check for cracks, holes, or dents. Remember that these can let debris in to your car's vital areas, causing more damage to other car parts. Epoxy resins and body fillers can help fill the cracks and mend the holes. Just make sure to apply the right amount to get the desired strength when applied. A good coat of paint will also help waterproof your splash shield.


    Remove damaged pieces and install new ones.


    It's never a good practice to ignore broken car parts-it will only lead to expensive repair bills. If upon inspection, you noticed that the damage to the splash shield is beyond repair, it's best to just replace it. There are a lot of good, compatible splash shields for your car and finding a replacement isn't a hard one.