Toyota Highlander Bug Shield
Signs to Look for in a Broken Toyota Highlander Bug Shield
Your Toyota Highlander bug shield is prone to different problems such as breaking and coming loose. These issues grow more serious to the point where you see your bug shield flying off your SUV while driving on a freeway. With this, you need to know when the part is having problems at an early stage. This way, you can fix the issue and avoid bigger problems. Following are some signs that you need to attend to your bug shield:
When you hear a whistling noise coming from your bug shield, it is a sign that it is installed loosely. Your bug shield changes the wind dynamics of your SUV. Since it is positioned right in front of your vehicle, it is being hit by wind whenever you drive. When you experience this issue, you need to check the position of your bug shield as well as the bolts that hold it in place. You may also need to remove and reinstall to make sure it would not make more noise in the future.
Much like the whistling noise problem, a poorly installed bug shield causes vibrations once you hit a particular speed. Since it is constantly being beaten by wind, it should be secured well. Check the mounting bolts and make sure everything is installed tightly. Also check the actual position of your bug shield. Look into your owner's manual and clarify the exact location and angle of the part. Most bug shields are supposed to be sandwiched between the grille and the hood.
Since your bug shield just sits on your hood and does not need to move mechanically, there are not much problems with it. The most common would only be problems caused by road conditions. An example would be cracks which are results of road debris and pebbles your bug shield is exposed to. When you see these cracks, the only thing you should do is have it fixed with the correct adhesive depending on your bug shield's material.
The edges of your Toyota Highlander bug shield are the most vulnerable portions of the part. They are most exposed to bumping while you are parked. With this, they are the most common parts to break in your bug shield. When this happens, you can try and fix the problem with epoxy products.