Last post on Oct 21, 2007 at 3:35 AM
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Ford Escape, SUV
Aug 23, 2007 (6:45 am)
i just installed one on my gray escape. it is a low profile unit that looks ok, but doesn't offer much protection. beaware that you must drill six hole in the underside of the hood to mount the unit. you also have to install four rubber bumpers between the hood a shield on the outside. these are furnished. you have to actually force the bumpers between the hood and shield and in my case the shield looks a little deform at this location. it is not a difficult job just scarey. the only place i could find one was at the dealer
#17 of 25 Re: bug shield [chucklesva]
Sep 07, 2007 (4:40 am)
Hi Chucklesva, I just got a bug shield from the dealer for my 2008 Escape. I was in the process of installing it, and of course was not especially enthused about the drilling of 6 holes in my hood. The instructions are not as clear as I would like them, but I think I can manage. I was wondering if the Bug Shield is installed under the 1/2" rubber piece which is situated right underneath the inner tip of the hood, or on top of it. Any help would be appreciated. There is no mention in the instructions.
#18 of 25 Re: bug shield [salmonella1]
Sep 07, 2007 (6:36 am)
On top of it. Yes the instructions are not clear, The bug shield is made by Lunds, You can call their tech support line with installation questions. The # is 770-339-5800
#19 of 25 Re: bug shield [gheimur]
Sep 07, 2007 (8:14 am)
Thanks for the info,
I did manage to install it, I removed the rubber piece completely after all, it fits better withoout it, looks good.
One little bit of advice though: Be very, very, very careful when you attach the metal end brackets to the bug shield, it notes (10 lbs per squre in torque in the instructions), if you overtighten, it cracks the plastic. It takes very little pressure. So just snug, and don't forget the thread locking compound. (Locktite, ect.)
Good luck all !!
#20 of 25 bug shield installation
Sep 07, 2007 (8:27 am)
you also need to be aware that the 4 rubber bumpers that they provide, seem to fall off. i have lost one already. when i ask the dealer to replace it, he advised that they were no available and yes it was a problem, severval other customers has lost them. i am going to call ford customer service about this.
#21 of 25 Re: bug shield installation [chucklesva]
Sep 07, 2007 (6:56 pm)
I'm getting my bug shield intalled by the dealer tomorrow. I didn't want to chance installing it myself, although I've done them on other vehicles.
#22 of 25 Bug Shield Woahs
Sep 17, 2007 (1:10 pm)
I do have to say if the instructions were clearer and I didn't pull off the yellow dots. The install would of been close to perfect. Because I pulled of the yellow dots and maybe put the 2 gaskets that go around the screw opening in the wrong place( I am not sure because the instructions weren't clear. They should probably go on holes 2 and 5 instaed of 3 and 4. After installing the bumpers where I thought they should when I later opened the hood , I noticed cracks under the outer 2 holes and at the end underneath. WIth the hood closed the install looks perfect. I am also not too crazy where the metal brackets touch the painted surface underneath. I feel that vibration may eventually take some paint off.
I contacted the dealer after I noticed the cracks and they told me to contact Lunds as they are the manufacturer of the Ford accessory. I wrote them a letter and explained to them of the cracks. They agreed to send me a new one.
The new one is not the genuine Ford accessory but one made by Lunds for the 2008 Ford Escape under the AVS( Auto Vent Shade) brand. I opened the box and from the instructions the mounting seems simpler and I feel is better. It is held by tape underneath and 6 screws that I may need to drill new holes, I will wait to see if the old one eventually develops more cracks and than install the new one .That's my story..........
#23 of 25 Re: Bug Shield Woahs [gheimur]
Sep 17, 2007 (1:52 pm)
I was going to tell you about the shield cracking after the install. the same thing happen to mine and i was very careful not to over tighten the screws. i think the problems is caused by the pressure that the rubber bumper cause when holding it away from the hood. i also had one bumper fall off. doesn't appear to be the best design. thanks for the info on lund, i will be calling them for a replace.
#24 of 25 Bug shield slips
Oct 20, 2007 (3:17 pm)
I had my bug shield installed at the dealer a couple of months ago. Today the end of the left side of the shield slipped out. I opened the hood and notice that there is a hole in the shield that seems like it should be for a screw or somehting. I am wondering it the installer took a short cut and did not attach a fastener. Do any of you who did your own install know if the lips at the far ends of the shield that wrap under the hood ( where there is a hole on the underside) are supposed to be fastened in some way. I am worried that it is going to slip out again while I am driving and rub against my hood.
#25 of 25 Re: Bug shield slips [fuddy1]
Oct 21, 2007 (3:35 am)
You should have a metal bracket that attaches from the hood to the shield on each end of the shield ie above the headlight area. there has been a problem with the shield and these bracket in that they seem to crack at this attachment point. it is not a very good design. i have a cracks at both metal brackets. also these holes had to be drilled by the installer.