Last post on Oct 21, 2007 at 2:35 AM
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Ford Escape, SUV
#22 of 25 Bug Shield Woahs
Sep 17, 2007 (12:10 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 (12:52 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 (2:17 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 (2:35 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.