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Installing a bug shield is pretty simple and can be done in a matter of minutes if you have someone to give you a hand lining up the bug shield. The first thing you do is wash and dry your vehicle paying special attention to the area where the deflector will be mounted. Wipe away residual debris with an alcohol pad that comes with most deflectors. Then dry the area with a soft cloth.
Congratulations, you are now ready to install the bug deflector. The only tools you will need are a steady hand and a sharp eye. Since most deflectors are fastened with heavy duty double sided 3M tape, you will not need that drill you have been dying to try out since Christmas. Remove the backing of the tape and line up the shield with your hood. Ask your helper to put down the beer and help you center the shield. (If he or she tries to put down the shield and center the beer, get another helper.) A marking pencil will help you determine exact placement. You can wash the marks off after you've finished installing the shield.
Once you have stuck the deflector on to the proper place on your vehicle, you will need to attach two small clear rubber bumpers on the hood behind the bug deflector. Place them where the hood and bug deflector come in contact with each other during high speed driving. There. Your vehicle is ready to take on anything that comes flying its way.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|