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splash shield necessary?

What is the purpose of the shield? It does not look strong enough to protect the underside of the car if it is hit by a solid object.
Has anyone driven with it removed? How does rain and snow effect it?
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What is the purpose of the shield? It does not look strong enough to protect the underside of the car if it is hit by a solid object.
Has anyone driven with it removed? How does rain and snow effect it?


It does offer limited protection against smaller things on the road. It also helps keep things clean. Additionally, I'd imagine it provides improved aerodynamics to benefit fuel economy. I personally don't see a reason to run without it.
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Another benefit of improved air flow is noise reduction.
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I personally believe the car could live without it but as my friend says often - "If they put it on there - there has to be a reason for it."

I just keep it there for the extra protection and to keep my car from weathering. I don't know how much protection that shield gives but some or even a little is better then none.
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It does make for a **** to change the oil but Im leaving ours on.
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I just did an oil change on our FE and noticed that the splash shield has an air scoop channel in it. Must be there for cooling something. I didn't investigate further at the time.


It is a **** to change oil with it. I missed one screw in the rear after I already let the car off the jack stands, and barely was able to reach to get it back in after deciding I was NOT putting it back on the jack stands.

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Do be careful. I know from personal experience that it is definitely an expensive part to replace ($300 plus tax). It does not like being struck by trash at 70 mph but at the time it seemed like the least dangerous of three choices.
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For those of us in the northern regions, I am pretty sure it is needed to keep snow and water from getting into the accessory belts. I drive 3 miles of gravel that doesn't always get plowed right away, and can get rutted up some during the spring and summer. There are times when I have to take the 1 ton 4x4 truck. I had a Focus before the escape and some water puddles on the roads would cause the accessory belt to slip. And yes a Focus gets stuck in snow very easily.








For those of you in the dry southwest it might be optional. I think I will make sure mine stays secured.
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What is the purpose of the shield? It does not look strong enough to protect the underside of the car if it is hit by a solid object.
Has anyone driven with it removed? How does rain and snow effect it?
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It does offer limited protection against smaller things on the road. It also helps keep things clean. Additionally, I'd imagine it provides improved aerodynamics to benefit fuel economy. I personally don't see a reason to run without it.
yes its mostly for aero, without it i would expect a drop of a mpg or too. probably helps with splashing and stuff too.
I wish they would have worked on the rest of the underbody. a fully flat floor would have had good benefits (mpg and noise)

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There's a good chance it also plays a role in 'internal' aerodynamics .... ensuring that airflow around the engine and radiator is correct for proper cooling. Removing it would certainly alter how air circulates in the engine bay at anything above a crawling pace.

The intuitive thought that more opening = more air = better cooling is very often NOT the case, aerodynamics is a lot more complex than that.
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