Engine Splash Shield
While its name says that it protects the engine against splashes of water, mud, and dirt, the engine splash shield does more than that. It also shields the engine from possible damage and bears all the brunt that the underneath of the vehicle has to take when going through bumpy terrains and off roads. No matter how you avoid it, there will be times when your ride's bottom will hit a rock, a part of an elevated road, or anything that protrudes from the road surface. Without this shield, the impact of such will go directly to your engine and cause possible damage.
So if one day you just discovered that your engine splash shield has already seen better days and you're thinking of replacing it soon, here are the qualities you should look for in a replacement unit:
Because the splash shield needs to perform a difficult task, you have to get a replacement that's as tough as the rest of the components underneath your ride. You see, every time you take your ride out for a drive, this shield needs to ward off those loose stones and road debris to prevent them from doing your engine any harm. So when choosing an engine splash shield, make sure it is made from tough materials that won't easily get dented once hit by debris.
Since the shield also needs to deal with water, road salts, and mud splashes, it should also be resistant to rust and corrosion. This way, you can prevent formation of rust that will slowly eat up the metal parts underneath your ride.
While no one will notice if it isn't fitted well in place because of its location, it is still important to make sure that the engine splash shield you'll get will perfectly fit in place of the old one. It would be better if you can get one that's specifically made for your vehicle make and model because you can be sure that it will fit well in place without a need for modification. With a properly installed shield, you can drive with confidence knowing that it won't get out of place and interrupt the functions of other components underneath or fall off as you speed up or pass over bumpy terrains.
Easy to install
Another advantage of getting a unit that's specifically designed for your ride is easy and hassle-free engine splash shield installation. Since it is already designed to fit the contours of the area where it will be installed, there will be no need for you to modify or cut it just to make the shield snugly fit in place.
It's also a plus if the unit comes with engine splash shield hardware because once the package arrives at your doorstep, you can proceed with the installation right away knowing that you already have everything you need for the installation. If you have all the necessary tools and hardware, DIY engine splash shield replacement will just take you about half an hour.