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My cover from underneath the front of my b5 (dont know the technical name for this cover :???: ) got tore up. Some how it got loose and dropped down and ouch. :( I managed to secure it until I can replace it. Now, does anybody know how much this cover is going run me to replace it? :???: If so drop me a few lines Thanks :roll:
 

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Around $100, plus ~$30 for all the connectors that hold it on.
 

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It is the engine splash shield or lower engine cover - I really don't know VW's name for it. Anyway, it is a pain. Unless you use an oil evacuator, the splash shield needs to be removed for each oil change. It is very common for the oil change mechanics to not put all the fasteners in correctly. There are 9 quick release pins and a metric nut that hold it in place. The fasteners fall out, the shield drops a little, then the airflow under the car rips it to pieces. You are not alone. If you do a search for the terms above you will find multiple posts about cars that have had this problem.

Unfortunately you can't take it off the car because it connects to the wheel well liners. If you remove the splash shield, the liners get blown into the front tires and quickly have holes worn into them. My suggestion is to become very familiar with how the shield attaches to the car. Either buy some spare OEM fasteners to have on hand or get some zip ties to use in place of them. Every time you have the oil changed, check that the fasteners are correctly installed before leaving the shop.

It is such a pain. Welcome to Passat ownership.
 

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If you want to avoid taking it off for every oil change, you can put a hatch in the bellypan like this. I did this several years ago and it's held up well:







The hinge is toward the front of the car.

Note you can see a tear in the lower left corner of the 1st pic. That happened the 1st day when it wasn't secured closed. It dropped open and got caught on the pavement when backing up. Anyway, now I use a ty-wrap to secure it to the cross bar and the tear hasn't changed much over time.
 

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Note you can see a tear in the lower left corner of the 1st pic. That happened the 1st day when it wasn't secured closed. It dropped open and got caught on the pavement when backing up. Anyway, now I use a ty-wrap to secure it to the cross bar and the tear hasn't changed much over time.
ahah, thats genius man! that should come wit all cars... took mine to a place to change my oil (it was the first and will be the last time) and they didnt hatch my belly pan properly... damn ppl![/quote]
 
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