How To Replace A Splash Shield

No matter how well you treat your Subaru, it’s still vulnerable to external conditions. For example, the splash shield sits beneath the engine, and it’s exposed to the road only a few inches below. So many different things could strike and damage the splash shield. For example:

  • Parking curbs
  • Potholes
  • Speed bumps
  • Ice
  • Road debris

Luckily, replacing the splash shield is an easy and straightforward job any DIY’er could do.

What Happens When You Don’t Replace Your Splash Shield

OEM Shield

The splash shield protects the motor from contaminants, including:

  • Water
  • Dirt
  • Road salt
  • Gravel

What happens when these impurities come into the engine compartment? They contaminate some important parts, including:

  • Alternator
  • A/C compressor
  • Rack and pinion steering system

Dirt, moisture, and other impurities cause engine parts to wear out faster. In some cases, these parts can fail. Here are a few examples:

  • Road debris, such as rocks or sticks, can damage the serpentine belt. Even worse, the sharp edges of a broken splash shield could cut the belt. This can lead to total failure of the serpentine belt and thereby disable related parts like the power steering, air conditioning, water pump, alternator and fan.
  • The dirt and moisture can corrode electrical connectors in the engine bay. This leads to intermittent electrical faults which are difficult to track down and repair.

So if you have a broken or missing splash shield, it's in your engine's best interests to replace it as soon as possible.

Finding A Replacement Splash Shield

Shopping for a replacement splash shield? You may have noticed a few aftermarket splash shields. Should you consider getting an aftermarket splash shield, or stick to OEM? Which option delivers the most value?

We would buy OEM all day long. It's not because we sell OEM parts. It's because OEM splash shields are leaps and bounds better than aftermarket ones. More specifically:

  • Precise fitment is guaranteed with OEM splash shields. Not so much with aftermarket splash shields.
  • Subaru builds its OEM splash shields with high quality materials that can withstand the heavy abuse it will take from the road. Most aftermarket manufacturers use inferior materials to build their splash shields.
  • Subaru offers a one-year, unlimited mileage warranty on all its parts, including splash shields. Aftermarket manufacturers rarely offer a warranty on their splash shields.

A lot of Subaru owners shy away from OEM replacement parts because they're a little expensive. That's why we offer wholesale pricing for the genuine OEM Subaru parts on our site. Look up your Subaru model in our catalog of replacement splash shields to see how much money you can save on an OEM replacement!

Replacing The Splash Shield

Shield removal

Do you have your replacement splash shield? If so, you're ready to install it! Here's a general overview of replacing your splash shield:

  • Lift your Subaru and then support the weight with jack stands. If your Subaru has enough ground clearance for you to scoot underneath it, then you won't need to lift it.
  • Pry open the push pins around the edges of the old splash shield.
  • There are also four screws holding the splash shield in place. Remove these with a Phillips screwdriver. Keep one hand on the splash shield when removing the last screw.
  • The old splash shield is now loose. Remove it.
  • Screw the new splash shield in place.
  • Replace the push pin connectors.

It's a quite simple and straightforward process that shouldn't take more than ten minutes. If you have any questions about replacing your splash shield, you're welcome to contact us.