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post #1 of 16 Old 04-19-2009, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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splash guard bolts are all stripped

I have a 2004 SE with 90k miles on it and decided for the first time to change the oil. No problem. Easy enough.

When taking off the splash guard, first off, I noticed there were only 3 of the six bolts still in. Ok. Putting the guard back on, I have found that 2 of the remaining 3 bolts are pretty much stripped.

Any course of action? Rethread? Am I looking for trouble not have the guard on there if I don't go off-road until fixed?

Any thoughts would be great.
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-19-2009, 05:46 PM
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If you mean the factory metal skid-plate, it helps protect your oil filter and other vital organs. If something were to puncture your oil filter and your oil pour out, it may be too late before you see the service engine or oil temp light and your engine would be toast. So, get some new bolts with matching thread and check into getting the holes re-tapped.

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i would just rip it out and never worry about it again

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are we talking about the metal 'armor' under the oil filter?

uh, id leave that on, you know, bc there is debris int he road, driving behid a dumptruck droping pebbles ont he freeway, etc

there IS the potential for damage to occur there, worst case scenario; a small rock pops up just right and punches a hole in the top of your oil filter, not likely, but it could happen, then bam, no oil pressure, and all your oil os on the freeway rather than your motor

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Leave it on. Better safe than sorry.

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I thought you were talking about the plastic guards, sorry dude!LOL! Yes, if your talking about your factory skid-plate, you want that on there. If the bolts are stripped that sucks and someone was not very mechanically inclined when replacing it in the past, you may have to re-tap the holes because you will have to remove it for every oil change. Get some new bolts with the exact same thread and if the remaining holes are not stripped use some lock-tight on the treads. Good luck

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drill and re-tap.


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X3 on the drill and retap thing, unfortunatly, it's part of life, lol.
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i agree drill and retap, by doing that you will need to go to a little bit bigger bolts... good luck...


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