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Damaged the under body plastic shield on the drivers side behind the engine on my MK6 Golf TDI. Had to rip it off in order to continue on my way. How important is this shield and is it a do it yourself project for a so so mechanic. Is there a metal replacement. It got damaged hitting ice chunks on the unplowed roads in VA and N. Carolina a few days ago.
 

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There isn't a metal shield yet but I'll bet there will be soon. http://www.dieselgeek.com/servlet/Categories?category=Panzer+Skid+Plates Here are some examples of skid plates. Here is an example of how to install one http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q_how_to/a4/Skidplateinstall.htm

It's important because it directs air and keeps water/salts/some dirt off the drive belts and engine compartment. If you can rivet some thick plastic to the splash shield to repair it I would. If not, leave it off so that it doesn't fall off again since that's even worse. You could also use zip ties if the holes are damaged. I don't know the part number but you could also ask the dealer for a replacement.

Be careful because it's a common problem to hit road debris and crack the oil pan. Aluminum oil pan + crack = spilled oil = ruined engine.
 

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Thanks Chitty

Thanks for the response Chitty. I had to actually rip off the front part of the shield since the front part was hanging down and and dragging on the road. I was 600 miles from home . It was easy I just bent the shield and the front part of the shield ripped off.I am seriously considering the front skid plate after what happened. Gary
 
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