[A4] Front Bumper's Valance and Under-engine Shroud on B5 1.8T q

Richard Hurt rnhurt at gmail.com
Sun Nov 12 07:09:34 EST 2006

Hmmm...there _should_ be a plastic belly pan/shroud installed on the bottom
of the engine.  It runs from the valance to the rear of the transmission (I
think) and from fender to fender.  It's a 3' x 5' square of molded plastic
that protects the bottom of the engine.  If it's not there, and you didn't
take it off (on purpose :) then yea, your sphincter tightening did not go as

It's not biggie though.  It's not required and I have been running without
mine for several months trying to track down an oil leak.  I don't know how
much they cost, but it's probably a dealer only item.  :(


On 11/11/06, Doug Johnson <ur-quattro at msn.com> wrote:
> So, I'm under the car trying to coax the cat to come home for dinner.
> And, I notice something that reminds me of my sphincter tightening a
> couple
> of weeks ago as I passed over SOMEthing real big at about 60 MPH a couple
> of
> weeks ago.
> Now I notice that the trailing edge of the front bumper's valance is all
> wavy, and at both rear corners aft of the engine are what appear to be a
> couple of bolted connections with some shards of plastic attached to each
> one.
> So, did I maybe tear off a shroud from beneath the engine by not
> tightening
> my sphincter enough?  Also, does the trailing edge of the front bumper
> valance tend to get wavy after a few years, or might that also be the
> result
> of whatever I did not clear on the freeway?
> Thanks for your wisdom.  :-)
> ~ Doug
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