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Some things go together like bread and butter. Others, not so well—like your engine and water. Water, once it gets into your engine compartment, won't just cause your ride to stall. It can also introduce corrosion to your metal components. That is why if you want to keep your engine rust-free and in tiptop shape, keep puddle water at bay with a good Engine Splash Shield. Take it from its name. A splash shield is designed to prevent splashed-up water from reaching your engine bay. This component usually installs underneath the engine. That way, running through puddles won't automatically mean imminent engine failure. Now, because engine splash shields should be durable to withstand road debris and corrosion-resistant to prevent rusting, these shields are usually made using top-grade polyethylene or polyurethane. Engine splash shields are also available in two types: single unit shields and twin unit shields. Single unit shields refer to a single sheet splash shield, which is the usual type of shield used on most vehicles. This type of shield covers all your bases when it comes to engine protection against water splashes. Twin unit shields on the other hand, are twin sheet engine shields which not only stop water from entering your engine bay—they also increase airflow into your car. Choose the right Engine Splash Shield for your vehicle based on your ride's needs and specifications. To get the best deals on engine splash shields, make it a point to get your replacement shield from Auto Parts Warehouse. Check out our catalog now!

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Car Undercover: Engine Splash Shield

An engine splash shield is a cover located at the underside of cars. It protects your engine from potential damage caused by bumps, water and debris. Depending on road conditions, stock engine shields can become loose or torn, making them ineffective guards. There are certain considerations when picking replacement shields.

Make-specific shields

Engine splash shields are not universal. Shields are designed to perfectly fit only specific models. Each shield is fitted with slots and grooves suited for a model's engine protection and air flow. Unless you can drive peacefully knowing your car is in danger because of the wrong engine shield, make sure that whatever shield you are buying is the right one for your car.

Material options

Most engine splash shields are made of high density plastics or fiberglass. These types of shields offer a great balance between durability and protection. They are ideal mostly for cars driving under ideal conditions. However, if you happen to unfortunately bump the underside of your car, go through intense floods, or just pass through a very rocky road, chances are these light shields will be damaged.

For a more durable choice, try metal or aluminum shields. More expensive, these tougher shields offer better protection against foreign objects compared to their plastic counterparts. Take note that this heavier guard will add extra weight and alter alter the balance your car.

Air Flow

A complete seal of the engine's underside for protection will increase the engine's temperature to dangerous levels. To combat this, engine splash shields are strategically fitted with slots to ensure smooth air flow in and out of the engine compartment. For more air, dual sheet shields enhance air flow compared to a single sheet while keeping its ability to protect the engine.

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Engine Splash Shield Replacement

Engine splash shields serve as a protection against road bumps, liquids and debris. Despite the abuse the shields must take, these are usually made of soft material secured by light screws and clips. One wrong bump, your engine is left with a torn and dangling shield. Replacing shields only requires a few simple steps.

Difficulty Level:Easy

Things Needed

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stand
  • Flashlight
  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement screws and clips (if necessary)
  • Replacement engine splash shield

Step 1: Park your car on a flat surface and raise it with a floor jack. Secure the elevated car with jack stands to make sure it will not roll or lean.

Step 2: Go under the car and locate the damaged engine splash shield. Use a flashlight if it's too dark. With your screwdriver, remove the screws and clips that secure the shield and place them on a safe place. Take off the splash shield.

Step 3: This is a good time to inspect the engine components for any potential damage that may need immediate attention (broken cables, punctured parts, leaks, etc.). Also check the screws, clippings, and their mountings to see if they need replacement as well. Some car makes use unique screw designs so make sure you have the right ones for your splash shield.

Step 4: After taking care of the engine, install the new splash shield and secure it with the screws and clippings. Make sure that there are no gaps and loose parts.

Step 5: Lower the car and remove all stands to finish.

The whole process will take about 30 minutes.

Tips

  • Work only when the engine is cool enough to avoid accidents due to high temperature.

  • Use safety goggles to protect your eyes against any dirt and drippings from the engine.