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Old 01-31-2004, 10:49 AM   #1
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anybody have a pic of which bolts to remove for the splash guard, or an accurate description of which ones to remove? I could probably figure it out while I'm under the car, but I would end up removing a lot of bolts that I wouldn't have to, and I would be grateful for the time saved too! last time I changed the oil and filter, I left it on, and it was a PITA to clean the engine-side of the splash guard when it was still on the car (a bunch of oil leaked on it obviously). Thanks!
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Old 01-31-2004, 12:17 PM   #2
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There are 3 greenish 12mm bolts on towards the front of the car, the also have a phillips head on them; Plus two clips on either side of it, the kind where you pull the center out, then the whole clip out.
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Old 01-31-2004, 12:32 PM   #3
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I've managed to change my oil every time without having to remove the splash guard. I use one of those parrot beak looking filter wrenches. There's only one spot where I can get a good bite on the filter, so it takes a bit more effort than if the guard was off. Overall though, I'm sure its faster.
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Old 01-31-2004, 12:38 PM   #4
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thanks.
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Old 01-31-2004, 01:22 PM   #5
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I've managed to change my oil every time without having to remove the splash guard.
If I am not mistaken, the splash guard on the '04 is different than the 02/03 - it actually goes under the filter, making removal sort of necessary. I wonder if you could retrofit the 02/03 setup onto an 04 - I can change my oil without getting a drop on the splash guard (also - you really shouldn't need a filter wrench unless the filter was put on too tight)
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Old 01-31-2004, 02:06 PM   #6
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I have an 04 and it does completely cover the filter...
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Old 01-31-2004, 02:43 PM   #7
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Hmm, I wonder why they changed the design for '04? My '03 definitely doesn't cover the filter. I wonder if they did it for aero reasons?

Can any '04 owners take a pic of the splash guard?
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Old 01-31-2004, 04:27 PM   #8
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i just cut a hole in the bottom of my splash guard so i don't have to take it off every time i change the oil
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