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BMW Engine Splash Shield and Plate Replacement
 
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BMW Engine Splash Shield and Plate Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

***

Tools:

Set of sockets (8mm, 16mm)

Applicable Models:

BMW 325i Sedan (2006)
BMW 325xi Sedan/Wagon (2006)
BMW 328i Coupe/Conv (2007-13)
BMW 328i xDrive Coupe (2009-13)
BMW 328i xDrive Sedan (2009-11)
BMW 328i xDrive Wagon (2009-12)
BMW 328i/xi Sedan (2007-11)
BMW 328i/xi Wagon (2007-12)
BMW 328xi Coupe (2007-13)
BMW 330i/xi Sedan (2006)
BMW 335d/i/xi Sedan (2007-11)
BMW 335i xDrive Coupe (2009-13)
BMW 335i xDrive Sedan (2009-11)
BMW 335i/is Coupe/Conv (2007-13)
BMW 335xi Coupe (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Splash shields if you have to replace broken or cracked ones

Hot Tip:

Pay attention to order of splash shield installation

Performance Gain:

Clean dirt from splash shields

Complementary Modification:

Repair broken splash shields

To service components located below engine in oil pan area, you will have to remove the engine and transmission splash shields. The splash shields are made of plastic and held in by small bolts. The splash shield comes off and goes back on easy, and no parts are needed when removing. All BMW E90 models come equipped with engine and transmission plastic splash shields. If you have an all-wheel drive E90, there is one additional reinforcement plate that may have to removed for certain service procedures.

To remove the engine or transmission splash shield, jack and support front of vehicle safely. See our tech article on jacking up your vehicle.

Rear Wheel Drive Models:
To remove engine splash shield: Working under vehicle, using an 8mm socket or nut driver, remove seventeen splash shield fasteners then remove engine splash shield.
Figure 1

To remove engine splash shield: Working under vehicle, using an 8mm socket or nut driver, remove seventeen splash shield fasteners then remove engine splash shield. (green arrows).

To remove transmission splash shield: Working under vehicle, using an 8mm socket or nut driver, remove four splash shield fasteners.
Figure 2

To remove transmission splash shield: Working under vehicle, using an 8mm socket or nut driver, remove four splash shield fasteners. (green arrows) Then detach retaining clip (purple arrow) and remove transmission splash shield from vehicle. If you need access to components further back, remove two additional fasteners (yellow arrows) then remove small splash shield.

Working at bottom of radiator, remove radiator cover fasteners.
Figure 3

Working at bottom of radiator, remove radiator cover fasteners. (green arrows) Once fasteners are removed, the metal brackets will come off. Note the position of these brackets for easier reinstallation.

Then remove cover from vehicle by pushing it toward front of vehicle to unlock tabs that lock into subframe (green arrows), then pull down and remove from vehicle.
Figure 4

Then remove cover from vehicle by pushing it toward front of vehicle to unlock tabs that lock into subframe (green arrows), then pull down and remove from vehicle. Install splash shields in reverse order of removal.

All Wheel Drive Models:
Working at driver side of vehicle, behind wheel, remove two 8mm splash shield fasteners.
Figure 5

Working at driver side of vehicle, behind wheel, remove two 8mm splash shield fasteners. (green arrows)

Working at passenger side of vehicle, behind wheel, remove two 8mm splash shield fasteners.
Figure 6

Working at passenger side of vehicle, behind wheel, remove two 8mm splash shield fasteners. (green arrows)

Working under front of vehicle, remove eleven 8mm splash shield fasteners.
Figure 7

Working under front of vehicle, remove eleven 8mm splash shield fasteners. (green arrows)

If needed, remove six 16mm fasteners, then remove reinforcement plate from vehicle.
Figure 8

If needed, remove six 16mm fasteners, then remove reinforcement plate from vehicle.

To remove transmission splash shield, remove six 8mm fasteners, then remove splash shield from vehicle.
Figure 9

To remove transmission splash shield, remove six 8mm fasteners, then remove splash shield from vehicle. Install splash shields in reverse order of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
AJ Comments: Hello, I have a 2006 BMW 325xi with an oil leak underneath. I am in the process of trying to diagnose the problem. I need to know what the metal reinforcement plate in figure 8 is for and if I remove it will I run into any other problems? Do I have to replace the bolts when reattaching it? I think the plate is just a protective assembly for the oil pan and differential but I really don't know. Your help is greatly appreciated.
October 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is used to reinforce the front subframe. BMW recommends replacing the fasteners each time they are removed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DPX Comments: Thanks for the solid writeup. Is it possible to remove the engine splash shield with the front wheels on Rhino ramps rather than putting the car on a jack stand? I just need to access the oil pan, and in the past ramps have been a more stable option for raising the car in my driveway.
February 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, you will have to slide the shield backward. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Joe Comments: There are several variants of the radiator splash shield for the e90. Do you have a picture of how to mount 51757145287. I can't get a clear view of where the clips on each end snap into.
September 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, I don't. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. Give them the year and model of your vehicle and ask them to email / fax you the relevant pages from the parts book.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Todd Comments: Clark August 16, 2015 post.

Sounds like the rubber pad that goes underneath the air cleaner box I found mine rolling around under my car as well. Is spherical and flat on the bottom with a hole in the middle.
August 31, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Clark Comments: See Figure 8 above. I removed the reinforcement shield and 1 inch diameter rubber stopper dropped out, spherical on one side and flat on the other. 2006 330xi. where does this get re-inserted before re-installing shield? Is this necessary to re-install? Doesn't seem critical.
August 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The shield doesn't have any rubber grommets. The grommet is likely from a different component. Maybe the radiator, water pump, etc. It may have fallen from a part that has insulated mounting. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BMW pete Comments: How do you remove the splash shield bracket on a 2006 330i? The 10mm nut is right above the exhaust.
August 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The support bracket? Use an open-end wrench to loosen it, then unscrew by hand. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gary Comments: 2006 325xi Touring. Last 7 0f the VIN: KW24083 I'm removing the front end reinforcement plate to replace front diff fluid. The 6 16mm bolts are torque to yield. What is part # so I can order from Pelican?
I'm following the instructions in Bentley
July 26, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: M10X33-10.9 6 of 33326768354
Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ron Comments: What is the difference between image 1 and image 7? You seem to be working with two different model BMW's but they are both the under hood splash shield?
July 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: RWD and AWD vehicles. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dankwood Comments: Thanks for the heads up on removing the splash guard with this. Worked like a charm!
July 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Kona Comments: What are the metal brackets in image 3? I cannot locate part number or name...
May 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't a know a name of them other than support brackets.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
fletch Comments: Hi. Do I have to remove all the splashtray to drain engine oil.?
March 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On what vehicle? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bmacombe Comments: The Bentley manual shows the reinforcement shield on x-drive models are torque to yield fasteners and should be replaced. Do you carry those bolts?
September 13, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes we do.
Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sean Comments: Thanks for good pic's & info.
January 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Noodles Comments: Hey, Nick where can I order the transmission splash shield for a 2007 bmw 328I? I do not see it anywhere,.
January 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our BMW parts specialists a call, 888-280-7799. They can get you the splash shield. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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