11 thoughts on “How To Video: IDParts Aluminum Belly Pan Install”

    1. 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.

  1. 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 quikvalve.com. Since the pan is aluminum, it should be pretty easy to add a removable cover for a drain hole.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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