Happened to have to look under the front of my 2000 V reg 1.8 Zetec the
other day and I noticed that the plastic(?) guard was missing. This is the
guard which prevents water etc splashing up into the engine and possibly
provides a more even airflow under the front of the car (making it
quieter?). I also noticed, when I looked down into the engine at the front
between the engine block and the radiator/front body, that I could see the
"I have lost the underbody guard" was my first thought.
"Did somebody nick it?"
My wife suggested that perhaps the garage forgot to replace it when it was
serviced (in February!) ?
Dug out the Haynes manual and searched through, unable to find any reference
to removing the underbody/engine bay cover.
Is it a figment of my imagination that there once was a cover there - I seem
to remember that the engine bay used to stay relatively clear of water and
mud splashing from the road but it had got a bit dirty in the past few
months. I am beginning to doubt that there ever was a cover or not?
Help please! Should I have an underengine cover or not? It certainly looks a
bit vulnerable when I look under the front.
(it's a 25 mile drive to my dealer but I don't want to look foolish when I
ring them and ask them to order and fit me a new one if there never was
Thanks a lot,