Mud guards, mud flaps or splash guards are small plastic or rubber flaps designed to fit in the wheel well of a vehicle and prevent dirt and debris from getting on the side of the vehicle and damaging the paint. Mud flaps can be particularly useful in wet and muddy conditions where debris can fly off the tires. Many large trucks come standard with mud flaps that often sport some kind of design. Few cars come with mud flaps, but automotive stores offer mud flaps designed to fit most vehicles. Installing mud flaps takes a little bit of time, but they will protect your paint and keep your vehicle clean.
Mud flaps and/or mud guards are flexible plastic panels that hang off your wheel wells and help control the spray of mud kicked up by your tires. They both help keep your car clean and keep you from splattering mud and rocks on cars behind you. To install universal mud flaps, you will have to drill attachment holes in the wheel well, but the plastic on the inside of the well is easy to drill into.
Installing Mudguards and Mud Flaps:
1.) Park your vehicle on a level surface. This will help you install the mud flaps level. If your mud flaps are not level, they will look bad. Remove the tire before you install the mud flap. It will give you more room to work.
2.) Take your first mud flap and position it inside the wheel well of the wheel on which you want to install it. Make sure that the decorative side is facing outward, and that the mud flap is an appropriate distance off the ground.
3.) Drill a hole in the top of the mud flap and through the wheel well at one side. Insert a screw and secure it, but don’t tighten it all the way. This will allow you to adjust the mud flap to make sure it is level.
4.) Use the level to adjust your mud flap and make sure it is lined up and level. Drill a second hole on the opposite end as the first hole and insert another screw. Check again to make sure the mud flap is level.
5.) Tighten the screws. Drill more holes and install the remaining screws for that mud flap. Make sure that the screws are all tightened before moving on.
6.) Repeat Steps 1 through 5 for the other mud flaps for your vehicle.
Removing Mudguards and Mud Flaps:
1.) Park the vehicle on a hard level surface. Locate the mud flap connectors by crouching next to one of the rear tires and looking up under the body of the vehicle. You will see two or three plastic connectors that hold the mud flap in place.
2.) Insert the blade of a flat head screwdriver between one of the connectors and the mud flap. The blade of the screwdriver should be roughly the width of the connector’s diameter.
3.) Pull the handle of the screwdriver away from the mud flap to pry the connector loose. The connector will snap. Repeat the process for the other connectors holding the mud flap to the vehicle, then repeat the process for the mud flap located behind the other rear wheel.