If you have a bug deflector, can you go through a car wash? It’s one of our most frequently asked questions, so we thought we’d share the answer.
Let’s dive right into the crux — giving an answer to the question, Can You Go Through A Car Wash With A Bug Deflector?
Can You Go Through A Car Wash With A Bug Deflector?
You CAN take the Weathertech Bug Deflector through a car wash without any ill effects to the deflector. The hood won’t get the best clean, but neither will your car. It’s an automatic wash after all.
Note: A car wash is an automated way to clean all parts of your car and even the bottom, but you should always hand wash the bug deflector.
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Risks And Drawbacks Of Using A Car Wash With A Bug Deflector
Having a bug deflector on your car is a good thing. It can improve the appearance of your car and keep it looking like new. It will also save you the time and effort of cleaning your car every time you drive.
This is because the bug deflector will prevent insects from hitting your windshield or making contact with other parts of your vehicle. However, there are cases when using a bug deflector can be risky.
The following are some of the risks and drawbacks involved with using a car wash with a bug deflector:
- The bug deflector can block the water from entering the hood area. As a result, it will not get cleaned properly during the washing process.
- The water that is sprayed by the washer sometimes splashes back at the person doing the washing. This means that you may get wet if you stand too close to it while cleaning your car.
To avoid these risks, you need to make sure that you remove any loose debris before taking your vehicle into an automatic car wash. This way, you will be able to avoid getting wet and having problems with water being blocked from reaching your hood area during washing.
How To Wash A Bug Deflector In A Car Wash?
If you are like most people, you probably have a bug deflector on your vehicle. They are great for keeping the bugs off of your windshield and hood, but they can also become quite dirty. Most people do not realize that they can easily be cleaned in a car wash. If you have been wondering how to wash a bug deflector in a car wash, all you need to do is follow these simple steps:
First of all, prepare your vehicle by removing all loose items from it. You do not want any loose items getting caught on the bug deflector when it goes through the car wash. Next, turn your wipers off so that they will not get damaged when the bug deflector goes through the car wash. This is important because if you leave them on and forget about them, they will get damaged or broken.
After your vehicle is ready to go through the car wash, drive up to the entrance of the car wash and wait for the attendant to tell you which entrance to go through. Since most bug deflectors are made of plastic or fiberglass, you will want to pick an entrance that does not use high-pressure water or brushes. It is usually best to pick an entrance that uses soft cloths or sponges only.
Do Bug Deflectors Protect Windshields?
We’ve all seen a windshield splattered with bugs, and some of us have felt the impact and sudden halt that comes from hitting a large insect on the highway. It can be an unnerving experience, one that may even cause you to pull over after impact.
But we also know that most bug impacts leave no damage. The bug simply smears across the glass and leaves behind a stain. No cracks, no dents—nothing!
The materials used in deflectors have improved over time. Early versions were typically made of the same ABS plastic used for fenders and bumper covers. The best deflectors (like those made by WeatherTech) are made of polycarbonate material that is much stronger than ABS plastic and has a hard-coated surface to resist scratches.
Bug deflectors do not protect paint finishes from bugs; they only deflect them up and away from your car’s body. So if you park under lights where a lot of bugs gather, you’ll still want to wash off dried-on bug guts as soon as possible because they damage the paint finish just like bird droppings can.
Does A Bug Deflector Reduce Mpg?
If you’re asking whether it will reduce your gas mileage, the answer is absolutely no. Bug deflectors don’t affect your gas mileage at all — they don’t “drag” on the truck at all. They can, however, affect your MPG if they change the way you drive.
It is a myth that adding anything to the front of your vehicle will decrease MPG. Even if it does, the difference wouldn’t be measurable, because it’d be super small.
How To Find A Car Wash Near Me
Look for a car wash near me and you will find several options. But not all of them offer the same level of service. In fact, some of them may not be suitable for your car as they can damage the paint or even cause rusting. However, there are a few things that you can do to find a good car wash that is near your location.
First, you can check the Internet to see if any car wash companies have their own website. You can also search Google and Yahoo maps to find out if there are any car wash businesses near you. You should also check yellow pages in order to find out which ones have the best reviews and ratings.
When you do this, look at how many positive reviews each one has. This is important because it tells you how popular they are and how many customers they get every day.
How Do I Stop Rocks From Hitting My Windshield?
The best way is to make them bounce off or deflect so that they don’t hit the glass portion of your windshield. You can do this by making sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and that you have a bug deflector on your hood.
It’s not just rain and snow that you need to be able to see through when driving. It’s also mud, dirt, dust, and road debris such as rocks, pebbles, and other things. Windshield wipers help you see through all of that.
There’s no way to prevent road debris from hitting your car, but you can make sure that when it does hit, it doesn’t stick around. When your windshield wipers are working properly and are in good condition, they will remove most of the road debris on contact instead of letting it stick to the glass where it could cause damage if something hits it at high speed.
A bug shield prevents insects and other road debris from hitting your windshield directly. A lot of small rocks and road debris are kicked up by the tires of other cars on the road. This can be especially true if you’re following behind a truck or a large vehicle with big tires that kicks up a lot of debris.
Three main things to consider
One is your speed. Obviously, the faster you are going the more likely you are to run into a rock or some other object.
Two is the tires on your vehicle. You want to check that they have good tread and are in good condition because if they are not it will increase your chances of picking up rocks and throwing them at your windshield.
Three is the alignment of your truck or car. If it is out of alignment it can affect how fast you pick up rocks and throw them at your windshield.
Can You Go Through A Car Wash With A Bug Deflector – Conclusion
We can safely say that you most certainly can. While the Bug Deflector may be a worthy accessory to use on your car, we can say without hesitation that it is completely, 100% compatible with a car wash.
Thanks for reading.
Joe lives and breathes cars and trucks. After many years working in the Auto industry, he decided that it is only right to share his knowledge with the public. As a qualified expert in trucks and cars, he started working for Truckile.com and is the main editor and publisher.