recently bought a BMW 2003 325ci...seems the previous owenr had a bit
of a "off-road experience" shearing off the engine splash guard and
damaging the bumper. bumper was replaced however the right splash
guard for the bumper is not installed, as well as the engine splash
to what effect do these splash guards play in the overall "working" of
the car? prevent water from spraying up into the headlight assemly/
engine compartment? to dissapate the heat from the engine? to protect
the engine from scraping the ground ?
On 2 Apr 2007 18:41:56 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Not so much a splash guard more an air smoother that guides the air under the
car for increased road holding and slipstreaming as on F1 and Indy race cars.
A smooth undercarriage is like an airplane wing - get vacuum under the car and
it sticks like glue....................
Although Oscar is correct that it helps downforce, the increase is very
More properly, it smooth's the airflow, which along with the bumper/air dam
reduces drag to increase mileage. If you look closely, you will notice that
are also airfoil clip-on's on the lower control arms to reduce drag (and
I had to replace both bottom covers on my 330xi; the front costs $122.40
and the main/center costs $204. YMMV and they're different for a 'ci
than my 'xi (and it was actually cheaper than that with my BMWCCA
discount.) I replaced them mostly to prevent infiltration of snow/slush
contaminated with calcium chloride deicer.
I would certainly replace the fender insert.
I was told by my mechanic that I would have to replace the front
bumper in order to install the engine splash shield, since the
previous bodyshop didnt do a thorough job of installing the bumper in
the right way (he says there isnt 'anything' for the engine splash
shield to connect to, hence why I need a new bumper). Anywhere else
besides ebay that would sell a OEM bumper for a reasonable price?
I live in the Washington DC area, where we get a snowfall or two
during the winter along with some icy weather....wouldnt this splash
guard help against snow and slush from getting up into the engine bay
and corroding the engine? same thing with the rain, help against the
rain from getting up in the engine? I do plan to drive this car in
I don't think this part is a "safety of flight" item. I could be wrong. The
splash guard is eaily mounted at home, there is no need for a mechanic to
install this part.
Rain and snow have gotten onto internal combustion engines for a hundred
years or so. The "splash guard" is really an airflow controller.
I was told by the BMW technicians that the air conditioning sensor and
headlight washer sensor sit in the left and right compartments,
respectively, underneath the bumper and covered by those two bumer
splash guards...it would be not wise to get these components exposed
to road grime, especially the air conditoning sensor...seems kind of
odd for sensors like those to be placed in such a wierd place on the
since the tabs are busted off underneath the bumper, on the lip, there
is nothing to hold the screws in place to install the splash
guards...so i'm going to get a body shop to check it out, see if they
can come up with a "magical solution", short of replacing the whole
bumper cover., otherwise the bumper cover will probably get
replaced..if the tabs were still on the bumper lip, I would just buy
the covers and screws/clips and do it myself...grrrrrrr..oh well
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