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How To Video: IDParts Aluminum Belly Pan Install

In our first HOW-TO video, Corey installs an IDParts Aluminum Belly Pan on a 2004 Jetta TDI.

IDParts Aluminum Belly Pan

IDParts Aluminum Belly Pan

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  1. Fred GW says

    What happens during an oil change? Does all that have to be undone?

    • Corey@IDParts says

      Just like the OEM pan this aluminum plate must be removed to get at the oil drain plug. However, the pan is only ~4 pounds so in isn’t a difficult process.

  2. JJ Chester says

    Why not cut a hole under the oil drain plug to facilitate easier oil changes?

  3. Corey@IDParts says

    Since the OEM pan doesn’t have one we opted not to have one on this design.

  4. WIguy says

    that pan seems to be flimsy. is the pan more for aerodynamics or real world protection?

    • Corey@IDParts says

      Thats correct, this aluminum version is stronger than the OEM plastic but neither one is a “skid plate” for off-road/trail use.

      The primary purpose of the plate is to protect the engine from road salt & grime. Cars that are missing the belly pan suffer from sensor and actuator failures much more often than cars that have the full underbody intact.

  5. Ron Pushee says

    I cut a 1.5 x 3 or 4 inch hole in my ’04 Jetta wagon OEM pan and left one side attached. I bend it back up and hitch with a screw and washer. Sometimes it comes loose, but hasn’t hit anything. I also installed a Fumoto oils drain valve from Since the pan is aluminum, it should be pretty easy to add a removable cover for a drain hole.

  6. John says

    Get a fluid evacuator/suction device and suck the oil out through the dipstick. Then you can leave the pan on.

    • Corey@IDParts says

      The Pela 6000 is my go-to for this. I should do an article on using one! I’m sure one of my TDI’s is due for an oil change!

  7. almus says

    Just installed this Al pan.
    (I had ordered it a while ago but thought
    I better do the install before the snow flies)

    I prefer the plastic.
    This Aluminum came pre-bent the wrong way
    and one of the holes was way way off.

  8. Raffy says

    I worry about a lightweight metal dust shield. If the plastic comes loose it crumples up and skitters away. This aluminum has enough heft that it might do some slicing and dicing on its way out. My OEM plastic dust shield is taking on a distinctly Frankenstein look since I’ve patched and added so many missing pieces. The underside does take a beating. You definitely need need protection for the engine compartment. I guess I wonder why this shield has such an extreme springy curve, like it was rolled in a forming die. For us driveway mechanics with no hydraulic lift (and no help) that absence of flatness presents a real challenge.

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