A splash shield is an automotive accessory that functions as a solid protector against mud and other road particles that may be flying into various directions around the vehicle. Also known as the mud flap or splash guard, it works with the help of the fenders using a durable and flexible rubber material. The splash shield comes in a rectangular shape and is attached on the bottom part of the vehicle, right in front of the wheels. It usually lasts for several months or a couple of years, depending on how and where you often drive your vehicle. When the time comes that you need to install a new splash shield on your car, here is an easy you can follow.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
- Splash guard
- Phillips screwdriver
- 10mm driver
- Mounting screws
- Plastic inserts
- Spring clips
Getting the right item
Purchase a splash guard that perfectly fits the area on your car. Measurements vary according to the vehicle model, and failing to get the flaps in the right size could make it difficult or impossible for you to install the items in the right place.
Preparing for the task
Secure a complete set of splash guards for your vehicle. If you intend to install mud flaps on both the front and rear ends of the car, make sure that you have a splash shield for each wheel.
Cleaning the vehicle and splash guard surface
Remove dirt and grime on the area where the mud flaps will be placed. Make sure that the surface and the surrounding area are clean so it will be easier for you to install the splash shields on each side.
Mounting the splash shield on the front end
Connect the splash guard on the mounting holes that have been pre-drilled on the parts. Keep in mind not to tighten the screws too much. In case there are no factory-drilled holes on the mud flaps that you bought, use the flaps as a guide on where you should drill the holes.
Checking the position of the mud flaps
Make sure that the splash guards are placed in a parallel position to the ground. Afterwards, you can tighten every one of the screws on the splash shield.
Mounting the splash guard on the rear end
Repeat the same process you did with the front-end splash guards. Most of the time, however, the shields are not drilled, which means that you have to do it by yourself. Check their positions once more and tighten the screws before driving the vehicle.