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Unread 12-17-2006, 10:17 AM   #1
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Is there a splash guard under the engine?

I was changing the oil for the first time since I bought the car in April (first oil change was done by a mechanic because I needed my starter replaced anyway) and when I was under the car, I noticed a think plastic-type mat under the engine hanging a bit loose. I'm not sure what it does, but I just re-clamped it down and moved on. Does anyone know what this thing actually does?

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Unread 12-17-2006, 12:05 PM   #2
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I was always told it was some type of "splash guard" (hahaha it doesnt do its job well ) Mine is actually zip tied to the frame because I lost the screws that hold it on
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Unread 12-17-2006, 02:16 PM   #3
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I took mine out years ago.
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I took mine out years ago.

NOOO!!! You should have left it there. The flapping plastic hanging down actually over rides the negative affects of the brick like shape of your jeep increasing your gas mileage by up to 10 mpg.

Actually it should be left if you do any water crossing. It will help build a bow wave in front of the jeep and keep the waterfrom gettiong into the fan blades. With the flap out the water that would normally push in front of the jeep is able to push up into the engine compartment, which could cause problems.
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Unread 12-17-2006, 04:57 PM   #5
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Mine never had one
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Unread 12-17-2006, 07:15 PM   #6
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Took it out as well years back, like in 91.
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Unread 12-17-2006, 07:22 PM   #7
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guess my jeep's previous owner removed it...

i made one out of tin that i planned to screw into the frame but i never got around to trimming/notchign it for steering and exhaust junk.... figured it was just easier to deal with a dirty engine compartment....
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Unread 08-07-2012, 12:41 PM   #8
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I'm looking for one of these for my 4 cylinder 2.5 liter 1995 Wrangler. I crossed some muddy water a while back and now my engine bay is painted completely brown. I can totally see water getting into the alternator or something else and frying it.

I had the splash guard installed, but it fell off last year and I never replaced. Big mistake. It will never be clean again. At the end of the trail I popped the hood I was shocked how muddy it was in my engine bay.

Does anyone have a part number for one of these?
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Unread 08-07-2012, 12:43 PM   #9
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I've never even heard of such a thing...
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Unread 08-07-2012, 12:59 PM   #10
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Ive only seen one, ever. I didnt think it was stock until now. I suppose you could just make one if it bothers you that much though
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Mine's still on there, and I reinforced the connections with coated wire. It's a heavy rubber mat that attaches to 4 points along the bottom of the radiator and 2 points on each side at the frame.

As Grape said, it works very well keeping the bow wave going and keeping the fan and shroud area clear on my frequent deep water crossings. I don't have an E fan to switch off when i go swimming.
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Unread 08-07-2012, 08:29 PM   #12
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I had one. But it was really nasty and beat up and it just sat on the D30 or flapped around... I took mine out too
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Unread 08-09-2012, 02:27 PM   #13
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Does anyone have an intact one lying around that they don't want? I'll pay for shipping!
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Unread 08-09-2012, 07:32 PM   #14
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I'd like to see some pics of this installed.
Was it also there to promote air flow through the radiator instead of under/around it?
I'm asking because my 5.2 runs warm on the highway and I'm thinking of making one.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 08:12 PM   #15
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Mine had one too when I bought it new in 93.
I got tired of trying to keep it fastened and took it off long ago.
If I remember right it was held to the frame with the type of pins that hold the door panels on.
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