using my Sears Craftsman 75th Anniversary electric screwdriver to install the mud guards. My wife helped by turning the front wheels as needed.
Just follow the simple instructions and you'll have no problems. :wink:
I found installing the mud guards was relatively easy but, unless you want to remove or deflate the rear tires, an "offset" screw driver is almost a necessity. There is not enough room between the rear tires and the mud guards for even a stubby screwdriver. I like their appearance and find their black color quite satisfactory.
I just installed these and it's very easy - in other words - don't let your dealer charge you to install these or do it yourself.
The front splash guards go just like the directions but there are a couple of small tips for the back splash guards I think you folks might find useful...
1. Get yourself a very short phillips screwdriver (it says this right in the directions) or use a ratchet with a phillips screwdriver bit attachment or just stuff an electric screwdriver bit into an appropriately sized socket with a bit of tape jammed in there so it won't fall out (this is what I did).
2. Before installing the metal clips - squeeze them closed a bit more - this will help them stay in place better.
3. After you place the metal clips - run the screw through them - this will also help them stay in place but more importantly it will be easier to thread them in when you have the splash guard in place.
4. Follow the instructions to the letter regarding which screws to tighten first. You might not think it matters but it does.
It occurs to me that I've may be making this sound like a difficult project - it really is not - this is the easiest project you'll probably ever do on the Element besides sticking a hula girl to the dash.
I wonder why it makes a difference which screw gets screwed in first. I just installed mine last nigh and did follow the instructions. But reversed the order of a couple of screws. Don't see where it made much difference.
I do have to say, you definitely want to run the screw through the metal clip first before trying it with the mudguard. I had one little sucker give me a devil of a time.
2004 4WD EX Auto ROOFRACK/MUDGUARDS/HOME DEPOT/LOCKING GAS CAP/LUND DEFLECTOR/WEATHERTECH VISORS AND XPELS ON ORDER!
The biggest suggestion I have is in addition to the stubby screwdriver, march right into Home Depot and spend the $6 on the screwdriver that they have (not sure of the name- sort of a torque-style) which is "T" shaped and on one end of the "T" is a flat head while the other side is a phillips head. I couldn't get the stubby to work without stripping the screw on those rear wheels until I got that tool and it is great! Even used it for other things too!