do plastic skid-plates on cars actually do anything?
September 22, 2006 1:51 PM Subscribe
the plastic netherparts under the engine of my jetta have finally fallen out, after some altercations with those concrete front-tire stops in parking lots. is it important for the future of the engine/mechanical bits to get these replaced?
posted by garfy3 to Technology (13 answers total)
it seems like a rather expensive replacement, which is quite possibly just cosmetic. i don't intend to sell the car, so cosmetics don't concern me.
to better describe the parts now missing--these are not the "ground effects" directly beneath the bumper. nor are they the plastic bits that separate the wheelwell from the engine compartment. rather, they are a couple of black plastic plates that were directly under the engine, probably where a "skid plate" would be if this were a truck.