IS THE RUBBER COVER UNDERNEATH THE ENGINE ...

  • Tiny
  • Anonymous
  • 2004 Volkswagen TDI
  • 155,000 miles

Is the rubber cover underneath the engine compartment
necessary? Are there any dire consequences if it is not
replaced? This is a Golf TDI used for normal driving, nothing off-road.

Monday, November 5th, 2012 AT 5:38 PM

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  • Tiny
  • Wrenchtech
  • Expert
  • 19,583 posts

Yes, it's there to keep water and road debris out of the engine, it's electronics and it's moving components

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Monday, November 5th, 2012 AT 5:49 PM
  • Tiny
  • kbw
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Haven't had mine on under my 2001 jetta for several years now. Drive across country to Ont every year with it too. However it is there to protect the engine compartment of moisture and road grime. Also with low ground clearance, it protects the oil pan from rocks and debris. It is your preferance. But a couple hundred dollars for an alluminum belly pan can save you thousands of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ in repairs later.

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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 AT 5:12 AM

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