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#1 of 25 bug shield for 2008 escape
May 10, 2007 (11:49 am)
I ordered a bug shield for my 2008 escape from ford and the instruction are not that clear. There is a rubber gasket on the under side of the hood. Does anyone know how to install the shield with the rubber gasket in the way.
#2 of 25 Re: bug shield for 2008 escape [joe19403]
May 13, 2007 (3:59 am)
I believe you remove some of the attachment screws from the gasket and replace with screws from the shield. However, why don't you have the dealer install the shield. After you see how it is done the first time, then you can remove for waxing and re-install it yourself.
#3 of 25 Re: bug shield for 2008 escape [bdyment]
Jun 23, 2007 (2:10 pm)
I had a ford dealer install the bug shield. The shield goes right over the rubber gasket with nothing to remove.
#4 of 25 Re: bug shield for 2008 escape [joe19403]
Jun 24, 2007 (2:38 pm)
I'm planning to have the dealer install a bug shield and window guards when my Escape comes in. I've had them installed on other vehicles in the past at after-market shops and ended up with problems. I'm not saying the dealer can do a better job, but at least they can't complain when I turn the vehicle in at the end of my lease.
#5 of 25 Bought Ford Escape 2008 Bug Shield Today
Jul 25, 2007 (6:22 pm)
The instructions are pictorials.A little vague but I've done serious stuff in the past. 6 holes need to be drilled. in the past I've used Weather Tech where there is no drilling however they do not make one for the 08 Escape. I need to be careful in not drilling too far and going into the hood. If anyone gets one, DO NOT REMOVE THE YELLOW DOTS on the bug shield until the install is done. I made the mistake of removing them before I read the instructions. The yellow dots show where the rubber bumpers go on the hood(stick on). Now I will need to measure where they go so they are even and use the vague pictorial as an example. The instructions also show to use some type of substance where the holes are drilled to prevent rust. I am going to use some duplicolor primer followed by clearcoat. I doubt the dealer will do this. Also they show in the instructions to use Loctite on the end screws. I again doubt the dealer will do this. They also show a tool to deburr the drilled holes before the the rust preventative stuff is used. Any suggestions on what to put on the drilled holed besides the primer and the clearcoat? I plan to do this on the weekend, when I won't be distracted and my wife can help me hold the shield
#6 of 25 Re: Bought Ford Escape 2008 Bug Shield Today [gheimur]
Jul 26, 2007 (4:05 am)
Good luck this weekend and as you state, don't drill too far. You are probably right about the dealer not applying loctite or rustproofing. I am surprised that Ford doesn't have a shield that doesn't require drilling for the 2008.
#7 of 25 Re: Bought Ford Escape 2008 Bug Shield Today [gheimur]
Jul 27, 2007 (4:07 am)
I sure wish I could remember what I used on the drill holes when I installed the mud flaps on my Dodge Ram eight years ago. Whatever it was, it worked like a charm. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about my memory these days!
#8 of 25 2008 bug shield
Aug 09, 2007 (7:23 am)
My dealer told me that the bug shield for the 2008 is not yet available. How can this be, if others on this board have already gotten one? Where did you get it?
I went to a few aftermarket sites and they all came up empty for a 2008 Escape. My dealer said it should be available in a couple of weeks.
#9 of 25 2008 Bug Shield
Aug 09, 2007 (7:47 am)
I ordered it from Warnock Ford in Morristown NJ. It is made by Lunds, but is a genuine Ford Accessory. Go to another dealer
#10 of 25 Re: 2008 bug shield [ladyblue]
Aug 09, 2007 (8:21 am)
I ordered the bug shield for my 2008 escape from Ford accessories.com and took it to a ford dealership for the installation.