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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergoer View Post
    Excellent info.

    I take it this does not apply to 1.8L or Diesel models?
    It will not fit on the diesel, but it looks like the 1.8 uses the same shield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XtremeRevolution View Post
    Want better fuel economy, a cleaner engine bay, reduced road noise, and better highway stability? This thread is for you!

    Back in 2011 and 2012, the Cruze and the Verano both used the same engine shield. It was a great design. Then, the NHTSA started investigating engine fires. Apparently, sloppy oil change techs would spill oil all over the engine bay, which would accumulate on the shield, splash on the exhaust, and catch fire. Bullshit recall ensued to address the PR nightmare.

    The solution? Sawzall recall (hey, that rhymes)! I kid you not, the instructions literally told the dealer tech to take a reciprocating saw and cut up the engine shield. I declined the recall until I had to get some warranty work and they blackmailed me into getting the recall done in order to perform the work. I fought with them enough to get them to sell me the Verano shield (which was identical) for dealer cost ($80).

    At some point, GM redesigned the engine shield for the Cruze so it had effectively the same size footprint.
    The reason I'm sharing this is so those of you who have money burning a hole in your wallet would have a productive way to spend it, and so those of you who live in cold climates with salt on the road would have a cleaner engine bay. The Verano/Pre-recall Cruze shield covers much more of the engine bay. This has the following benefits:

    - Significantly reduced engine bay dust/dirt/salt
    - Significantly reduced road noise
    - Significantly improved aerodynamics and cross-wind stability
    - Slightly improved fuel economy

    Please note, this only fits the 2011-2016.5 Cruze 1.4L and 1.8L. It does not fit the 2.0L Diesel.
    XR, I forgot what year you have, but can you talk more to the bolt holes / hardware issue for those of us that have a 13-16.5?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blasirl View Post
    XR, I forgot what year you have, but can you talk more to the bolt holes / hardware issue for those of us that have a 13-16.5?
    There are anchors that go into the rear of the subframe for the shield to attach to. I'm not entirely certain on what hardware is missing but I assume that's part of it.

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    I have not confirmed the information in this thread, but page 3 of the post linked below discusses some of the issues that I mentioned above with the speed nuts in the frame.

    I think the new info is that the splash shield is available in the aftermarket with reasonable shipping. I think the dealers cost for original shields, or shields from the Verano made most people just accept the dealership hack job recall.

    Someone would have to go through the part pages for a 2011 or 2012 cruze and gather the info on the bolts, speed nuts, and fasteners. Either on Nally GMC Wholesale parts (Google it), or your favorite online site for GM part numbers. I mention Nally because back in the day they had parts lists up before GM parts direct, and I believe the would have the pages for the splash shield. I remember seeing them.

    This entire topic is coming back from the dead.. There were a lot of posts back in 2012-2013 about people complaining about the recall and reinstall splash shields.

    https://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/25-ge...-number-3.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by XtremeRevolution View Post
    There are anchors that go into the rear of the subframe for the shield to attach to. I'm not entirely certain on what hardware is missing but I assume that's part of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbon02 View Post
    I have not confirmed the information in this thread, but page 3 of the post linked below discusses some of the issues that I mentioned above with the speed nuts in the frame.

    I think the new info is that the splash shield is available in the aftermarket with reasonable shipping. I think the dealers cost for original shields, or shields from the Verano made most people just accept the dealership hack job recall.

    Someone would have to go through the part pages for a 2011 or 2012 cruze and gather the info on the bolts, speed nuts, and fasteners. Either on Nally GMC Wholesale parts (Google it), or your favorite online site for GM part numbers. I mention Nally because back in the day they had parts lists up before GM parts direct, and I believe the would have the pages for the splash shield. I remember seeing them.

    This entire topic is coming back from the dead.. There were a lot of posts back in 2012-2013 about people complaining about the recall and reinstall splash shields.

    https://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/25-ge...-number-3.html

    This may be exactly what I need. This is a post from that thread with what seems to be all the needed info. I am going to try and verify in a few moments.


    Quote Originally Posted by evanblar View Post
    Installed it this morning.

    My car is an early production 2013 (built 8/12), so it came with a factory cut shield. The full shield uses 8 bolts, the cut shield 6. The bolts thread into expanding nuts which clip into rectangular shaped blind holes in the subframe, and there were two missing nuts on mine. I wound up using plastic drywall anchors in those holes as a temporary measure until I get the correct parts. If your shield was cut in the recall I would imagine the nuts would still be there and you would only need 2 extra bolts.

    Procedure as follows:

    -Check to see if all 8 expanding nuts are present in the subframe - the 2 extras are needed on the front middle drivers side, and the far rear drivers side.

    -Jack up the car and support at jacking points behind front wheels. I didn't get mine very high up as fasteners can all be reached from the front or sides.

    -Remove side plastic retainers attaching wheel splash shields to engine shield, 2 each side.

    -Remove plastic retainers attaching front wheel air dams to shield, 1 each side.

    -Remove bolts using a 7mm socket. The cut shield will have 2 on the drivers side and 4 on the passengers.

    -Carefully remove the remaining plastic retainers on the bottom in the middle. There will be one on each half of the cut shield. I removed mine with a gentle twisting motion to prevent damage.

    Installation is reverse. Install all plastic retainers before doing a final tightening of the bolts.


    Part numbers:

    95079891 full shield

    94520301 bolt (2 extra needed)

    24441317 nut (2 extra if not present in the subframe)


    95216004 retainer (2) - these are the plastic retainers which go into the bottom of the shield, these clip in and can be easily damaged when removing. They differ from the ones used on the sides behind the wheels, which have a center plug which can be removed and reinstalled easily.

    Its strange to open the hood and not see the ground!


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    This is what I found.

    24441317
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    95216004 Splash Shield Retainer


    94520301 bolt

    Don't forget that it is about $14 in shipping as well, even for only one nut.
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