Spotting and Fixing Honda Splash Shield Problems
Keeping your Honda pristine should not only apply to its exterior but to its interiors as well. In fact, keeping your engine free from water and debris should be a priority because it affects your vehicle's performance. This is where your Honda splash shield comes in. It keeps water, debris and other foreign objects from entering your engine bay. The safety and efficiency of your engine parts depend on how effective your splash shield is. So if you encounter a problem with your splash shield, address it immediately and do not even think of driving without one.
Take a hint
Diagnosing a splash shield problem is easy. If you hear a dragging sound when you drive, it's best to stop and look under the vehicle. If you're lucky, it's just a small branch that got caught between your tires and just needs to be removed. But if you see a black plastic plate hanging underneath your engine then you have a problem.
Ran over something
Another way you can (severely) damage your Honda splash shield is when you run over a pothole, a boulder, or a poor animal. If you do get in this situation, but do not hear a dragging sound, then you can wait until you get to your destination to check. At best, you may have managed to dislodge the shield and loose a few screws. At worst, the road hazard you drove over managed to crack your plastic splash shield.
If you have a dislodged splash shield but you are in a middle of a highway, try to check if you can push back up to the engine and use a packaging tape to hold it in place. If you're lucky, the tape will hold until you get home or to a mechanic shop.
Lost your screws
Losing your splash shield screws, or clasps, is the most common issue most owners complain about their splash shields. It is caused by driving in rough conditions, or just having your brake discs changed at the shop, then having the mechanics lose the screws for you. Either way, you can only fix this issue by buying replacements for those lost screws.
Broken beyond repair
If you see that your Honda splash shields are cracked or broken, then there is nothing left for you to do but buy a replacement. There is an ongoing debate of how you can actually drive without one but this highly discouraged. Remember that without a splash shield, your engine is vulnerable to the natural (and un-natural) elements on the road. Driving without it will put an added risk to your fragile engine parts, and would result in costly repairs later.