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Old 02-14-2018, 02:08 AM   #1
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Is it safe to drive without a belly pan?

My belly pan is damaged and sometimes ice will get stuck under there and I will be pushing it for kilometers before it finally breaks loose. It's really annoying.

Can I just remove the belly pan instead of replacing it?
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:20 AM   #2
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You're mostly hurting efficiency. It's safe yeah.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:26 AM   #3
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You're mostly hurting efficiency. It's safe yeah.
^ this, plus your engine bay is going to be a mess. I suppose a lot of people don't care about that, but I do. I would replace it.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:23 AM   #4
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You're mostly hurting efficiency. It's safe yeah.
By efficiency you mean fuel consumption?
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^ this, plus your engine bay is going to be a mess. I suppose a lot of people don't care about that, but I do. I would replace it.
Aight I'll replace it then. It sucks that a little plastic part like that is gonna cost me around $100-125 CAD.
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Fuel consumption, cooling, aero... The belly pan has ducts which cool your trans... So on and so forth. Not only would I replace but I'd suggest upgrading to a tdi pan or r32 as those go all the way back to complete the around approach and also have a turbo cooling duct.
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:21 AM   #6
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You guys do realize that some cars never came with crappy plastic belly pans and the engine/tranny lasts longer than VWs?

Mind blown, huh?....lol
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:34 AM   #7
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No belly pan for 100k or so miles here.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:26 PM   #8
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You guys do realize that some cars never came with crappy plastic belly pans and the engine/tranny lasts longer than VWs?

Mind blown, huh?....lol
The aerodynamics and cooling systems on other cars are not the same.

You can drive the car without a bellypan and it'll be fine. But airflow through the cooling stack will probably not be as good and there will probably also be a marginal increase in turbulent air flowing beneath the car leading to more lift at higher speeds.

Can't know for sure without actually testing it, but those are the standard educated guesses on the subject.
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The aerodynamics and cooling systems on other cars are not the same.

You can drive the car without a bellypan and it'll be fine. But airflow through the cooling stack will probably not be as good and there will probably also be a marginal increase in turbulent air flowing beneath the car leading to more lift at higher speeds.

Can't know for sure without actually testing it, but those are the standard educated guesses on the subject.
Belly pan is there to prevent water splash-up. Nothing else. No aerodynamics or cooling benefits blah blah blah. There are more effective means to cool the engine bay.
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:12 PM   #10
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So I put my car on a lift and there's more than the belly pan that is damaged.

There's also another plastic cover on the right side of the car that is cracked and hanging. Can someone help me find the part number for that part please?
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You can buy a non OEM one off of RockAuto like I did. Costs like $30 shipped lol.
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:21 PM   #12
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You can buy a non OEM one off of RockAuto like I did. Costs like $30 shipped lol.
The shipping to Canada is $50 though.
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:36 PM   #13
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The shipping to Canada is $50 though.
So that's $80. Still not terrrrrible.. lol
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:42 PM   #14
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So that's $80. Still not terrrrrible.. lol
I called my VW dealer yesterday and they told me it's $92 CAD. RockAuto sucks for your cousins in the North.

Do you know what the other plastic thing behind the belly pan is called? There's one on each side of the car.
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