Infiniti I35 Splash Shield
Two Things that Could Affect Your Infiniti I35 Splash Shield
Your Infiniti I35 splash shield is one of the most underrated parts of your vehicle. Made to protect your sedan's sensitive components from early wear, the splash shield takes in plenty of abuse from varying environmental and driving conditions. Because of its unfortunate location, your car's splash shield becomes easily damaged. Below are two things that could prevent your Infiniti I35 splash shield from doing its job properly:
Cracked splash shield
Road debris, bumps, and dips can rupture your car's splash shield. While replacing the shield might sound like a good idea, you can save dollars from purchase by simply repairing the damaged part. If the damage is not too big, you can use polyester resin for sealing the cracks. A little bit of sanding may be required to even out the surface. Once the chink has been sealed, you can apply a bit of primer on the splash shield. Wait until the primer is completely dry and coat the shield with matching paint. However, if the crack is too large to be sealed by resin, it might be a good idea to have the shield replaced. Look for one that's made from fiberglass or high-density plastic for increased durability.
If a splash shield is not clipped on properly on the underside of your car, there's a tendency that it will hang on one side or fall off completely. If the splash shield is merely hanging, the aerodynamics of your vehicle will be affected. Aside from reducing your vehicle's performance by creating more drag, a loosely fitted splash shield also creates an annoying, rattling noise underneath the engine. Locate the clips that hold the rest of the splash shield in place. Check if all clips are sitting snugly against the splash shield and your car. This prevents the splash shield from coming off completely. Although some people prefer to remove the splash shield from their vehicles to improve aerodynamic performance, it might be best for you to keep it in place. Taking it out will expose your car's engine to harsh road elements that could hamper your vehicle's performance.