Upgrading the engine splash shield (Gen1 1.4L & 1.8)
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    Upgrading the engine splash shield (Gen1 1.4L & 1.8)

    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

    Here's the diagram of the original Verano/Pre-recall Cruze shield:


    Here's a diagram of the redesigned post-recall Cruze shield:


    Here's a brand new Verano shield next to the GM recalled (hacked up with a sawzall) shield:


    For emphasis, here is the GM recalled shield on top of the brand new verano shield:


    Lastly, here's what the Verano shield looks like installed:


    I've also included pictures of the hacked up/recalled shield compared to a brand new Verano/Pre-recall Cruze shield so you can see what they look like as well. The 4th picture shows the hacked up shield on top of the new Verano/Pre-recall Cruze shield.

    If you want to stick with OEM, the Part number is 23428362, available for $100 shipped on ThatGMPartsGuy.com, or you can get an aftermarket shield for less on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gEXTR5

    Please note, this only fits the 2011-2016.5 Cruze 1.4L and 1.8L. It does not fit the 2.0L Diesel.
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    Xtreme- If I recall the posts from back in the day, some of the bolts that hold the large original splash shield on use speed nuts that are part of the frame.

    2011's and 2012's that were modified by the recall would still have these speed nuts in the frame, all the owner would need is the bolt. However for 2013 and up I believe the mounting may have changed.

    I remember a similar thread that someone did where they needed to buy hardware and if I recall correctly it wasn't expensive, but it was dealer only stuff.

    The original shield is on with a lot of connection points. I think there's close to 10 or 12 on my original 2012 sheild. I'm not sure you would have to use all of them.

    Just letting anyone who tries this know, the holes probably are in your frame, but not sure of the nut portion of the connection is in all of the mounting locations.

    Proud to say original 2012 owner, and my car has never been back to the dealer, outside the first week I had it for a strut support noise. So I have the original splash shield, painted with stencils with the words. "Do NOT CUT".
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    if my shield hasn't been cut, would it be any different than the $34 shield?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiefromcali View Post
    if my shield hasn't been cut, would it be any different than the $34 shield?
    Depends on what year your Cruze is. The newer years had a redesigned shield that didn't need to be cut, but was the same size as the ones that were cut.
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    in my case, a 2014

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiefromcali View Post
    in my case, a 2014
    So your shield doesn't cover as much of the lower body as the $34.00 one. By 2014 the saw procedure was being done by the manufacturer of the shields before they were sent to Lordstown for vehicle assembly.

    It does keep the bottom of the engine quite clean, especially in salty winter roads of the midwest. In Cali, is it worth it? That depends. Keeps undercarriage dry if you drive through a lot of water in the rainy seasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiefromcali View Post
    in my case, a 2014
    It has the cut shield.

    Also, the original shield needed a couple more holes drilled in it. After you put the shield on the car sit the car on level ground and you'll see a couple of low points. Oil will collect at these points. Drill a hole in each low point and the oil will drain out instead of sitting in the engine bay near the exhaust manifold. From the pictures it appears the other problem with the original shield has been fixed - a lip around the entire rear of the shield that held leaked fluids on the shield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carbon02 View Post
    So your shield doesn't cover as much of the lower body as the $34.00 one. By 2014 the saw procedure was being done by the manufacturer of the shields before they were sent to Lordstown for vehicle assembly.

    It does keep the bottom of the engine quite clean, especially in salty winter roads of the midwest. In Cali, is it worth it? That depends. Keeps undercarriage dry if you drive through a lot of water in the rainy seasons.
    There is reduced road noise, improved fuel economy, improved highway stability, and cleaner engine bay from using this. Even if you aren't getting salty winter roads, you are still getting dust and grime.
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    Excellent info.

    I take it this does not apply to 1.8L or Diesel models?
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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?
    I would tend to think it would not. I was just at the shop with my Diesel. They had it up on the hoist and I had a peak under it. The shield on mine seems rather large and covers quite a bit of the engine bay, similar to the large one pictured in this thread.
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