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Engine Splash Shield & Reinforcement Plate Removing
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Engine Splash Shield & Reinforcement Plate Removing

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20

Talent:

**

Tools:

Set of sockets (8mm, 10mm, 16mm), Phillips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Parts Required:

Splash shields, reinforcement plate fasteners

Hot Tip:

Pay attention to order of splash shield installation

Performance Gain:

Clean dirt from splash shields

Complementary Modification:

Repair broken splash shields

All BMW E53 models come equipped with an engine splash shield and one additional reinforcement plate that may have to be removed for certain service procedures. The splash shield comes off and goes back on easy, and no parts are needed when removing. When removing the reinforcement plate, each time the fasteners are removed they have to be replaced. To remove the engine or transmission splash shield, jack and support the front of the vehicle safely. See our tech article on jacking up your vehicle. You will also be wearing those stylish safety glasses while you're working under the car.

This photo shows the underside of an X5 4.
Figure 1

This photo shows the underside of an X5 4.4i. All E53 models are similar and have the same splash shields. The yellow arrow points to the engine splash shield and the green arrow points to the reinforcement plate. You may have to remove these when servicing your E53.

To remove the engine splash shield: Working under the vehicle, using a 10mm socket, remove the three fasteners (yellow arrows).
Figure 2

To remove the engine splash shield: Working under the vehicle, using a 10mm socket, remove the three fasteners (yellow arrows). Then remove the eleven 8mm splash shield fasteners (green arrows).

Then remove the engine splash shield in the direction of the green arrow.
Figure 3

Then remove the engine splash shield in the direction of the green arrow. Feed it out of the front bumper as you slide it backward. Note the installation position for reinstalling.

To remove the reinforcement plate, remove the six 16mm fasteners.
Figure 4

To remove the reinforcement plate, remove the six 16mm fasteners. There are two front fasteners (green arrows). Remove the bolt while holding the nut still from above the reinforcement plate. Then remove the final four (yellow arrows). These bolt through the sway bar (inset). Be sure they are installed correctly later. When removing the final fasteners, support the plate from below so it does not come crashing down. Discard the old fasteners as they are not reusable. The red arrow points to a warning from BMW stating "Do not drive vehicle with reinforcement plate removed." (red arrow). Once the fasteners are removed, slide the reinforcement plate toward the rear of the vehicle while unhooking the front to remove it. When installing, torque the new splash shield fasteners to 56 Nm (41 ft-lb). Once you've initially torqued them, tighten the fasteners an additional 90 degrees.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Burybangle Comments: "Discard the old fasteners as they are not reusable." - Can you please provide the part numbers for the fasteners? Thx.
October 29, 2014
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