Splash guards, sometimes called mud flaps, are located at the back of the wheel well in the front and back of the Jeep. Replacing the splash guard may be necessary if they have broken off, or have been damaged in some other way because of weather or driving conditions. The project is straightforward and the average Jeep owner can accomplish the task in a short time with a limited number of tools.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Tin snips
- Phillips screwdriver
- Washcloth and drying towel
- Splash guard kit
Remove the old splash guard. There are two types of fasteners involved. The first is the plastic rivet. Use the tin snips to fit under the head of the rivet and cut it off. There should be two of these at the top part of the lower part of the splash guard. There will also be two Phillips screws that should be removed. These are on the top portion that looks like a triangle. Discard the extra parts.
Wash the area where the old splash guard was located to remove any extra debris before you install the new splash guard. Dry with a towel.
Hold the new splash guard up to the wheel well. Push one of the plastic rivets through the hole on the bottom of the flap where it contacts the body. Push the rivet in with your hand.
Locate the very top screw hole. This should be right near the top of the triangle portion. Push the screw through the hole. The screw will come in the new splashguard kit. There is a locking nut that needs to be placed over the pointed part of the screw and is in the shape of a square. This is also provided in the kit. Begin screwing in the screw with the screwdriver while holding onto the square nut as you tighten the screw. Continue until it is snug to the body. Repeat this with the second screw, which is located about 3 or 4 inches lower.
Push the final plastic rivet into the other hole at the bottom of the splash guard.
Tips and warnings
- You may want to remove the tire if you do not have a small screwdriver.
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