How To Tell If A Subaru Splash Shield Is Failing

In an ideal world, splash shields last forever. That's not always the case, though. OEM Subaru splash shields are sturdy enough to protect the engine. But sometimes they'll give out from repeated contact or a heavy strikes from:

  • Ice
  • Snow
  • Curbs
  • Potholes
  • Speed bumps
  • Rolled curbs

When that happens, some parts that sit low in the engine bay will be exposed to road spray. It can lead to expensive repairs. So when you suspect that your splash shield has broken or gone missing, it's worth taking a few minutes to check it.

Signs Of A Broken Splash Shield

Subaru Splash shield installed on car

The best way to know if a splash shield has issues is to look at it. But how often do you look under your Subaru? You or a technician may notice holes, missing screws, or another issue in your splash shield while performing an oil change. It's also possible to completely miss these issues because very few people take the time to thoroughly inspect the splash shield.

So often times, a driver will realize that their splash shield is no longer providing protection when they notice issues with other parts. A splash shield protects the engine from dirt, debris, gravel, moisture and salt spray. Sometimes, they are also used to direct air onto components that need to be cooled. So when the splash shield is loose, or when it is missing, some parts will get contaminated. When that happens, issues will crop up. For example:

  • The serpentine belt (or drive belt) can wear prematurely, as dirt is abrasive.
  • Electrical connectors can become corroded, resulting in intermittent electrical faults.
  • Nuts and bolts become corroded, making other repairs more difficult.

Note: Watch the serpentine belt, too! Sometimes a broken splash shield will have sharp edges. When on the highway, the wind can cause the splash shield to flutter into the engine bay. These edges can cut into the serpentine belt.

How To Thoroughly Inspect Your Splash Shield

Inspecting your splash shield is easy. All you have to do is to:

  • Grab a flashlight.
  • Get on your knees and then look underneath the car.

You can lift your car for a more thorough inspection. The splash shield is so big you can't miss it. Look for any signs of damage, including:

  • Cracks
  • Missing fasteners
  • Edges hanging down

Replacing Your Splash Shield

New Subaru splash shield

Like inspecting the splash shield, replacing it is easy too. You just have to remove the old shield and then put in the new one.

At, we offer wholesale pricing for genuine OEM replacement splash shields. If you look up your Subaru model, you'll find the right part number.