Toyota Tacoma Bug Shield
Maintenance Tips for the Toyota Tacoma Bug Shield
If you often drive your Toyota Tacoma off-road, all the more you need to install accessories for extra protection such as the Toyota Tacoma bug shield. This does a great job by keeping bugs and road debris away from the hood and the windshield. But because of its function, all the more you need to give it extra TLC. Thankfully, bug shields are not that difficult to clean and maintain, requiring only the most basic of tools and supplies and costing only several minutes to an hour of your time.
Regular care and maintenance of the bug shields in your Toyota Tacoma will not only keep them looking vibrant but also ensure their continued performance for years to come. In this guide, we've listed down some pointers on how to maintain the Toyota Tacoma bug shields.
- Clear out bug splatter with penetrating oil.
Bug splatter is the top source of stains for bug shields, and it can quickly reduce into an ugly mess especially when driving through areas with heavy vegetation. And if regular washing doesn't remove all of the stains, you might want to try penetrating oil. Spray the oil directly on the stain, let it sit for around 10 minutes, and wipe it with a clean rag. Make sure not to get any of the oil on the headlights or windshield as it can leave an unsightly film that's hard to remove. If the penetrating oil still doesn't work, you may consider using a automotive dirt and stain remover to remove the bugs.
- Don't lean on or place heavy objects on the shield.
The bug shield is not designed to support a substantial amount of weight, and doing so would put undue stress on the shield, causing it to bend or snap from the strain.
- Keep an eye out for cracks.
Cracks are the most common problems with bug shields, which are often caused by hitting rocks, walls, vehicles, or other hard objects. Even insects can cause the bug shield to crack if the truck is fast enough. Minor cracks can usually be fixed with solvent cement, although serious cases are best left replaced instead.