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    Thread: Jetta 2002 Oil Pan Skid Plate

    1. 06-16-2008 02:47 PM #1
      My wife bought this used Jetta a couple years ago. I just noticed there is an oil pan skid plate around the oil pan. Between the oil pan and the skid plate there is a sponge that is saturated with oil, though I do not see any oil on the ground after it is parked.


      Are oil pan skid plates usually an aftermarket addition?

      Does anyone know why there would be a sponge on the skid plate? Is it a bad that this is saturated with oil? Can I just remove this sponge and not replace it?


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      06-16-2008 02:49 PM #2
      Sounds like someone scammed you somewhere along the line. How long has that skidplate been there? Who's been doing the oil changes? If you haven't had that car that long, I'd say the pan a small crack, dealer/scammer put a skidplate on with a sponge so it wouldn't leak so someone would buy it.

    3. 06-16-2008 02:55 PM #3
      ^^ i agree. take out the sponge and let the engine idle and see if it drips oil

    4. 06-16-2008 02:55 PM #4
      My wife bought this car through a family friend at used car auction back in 2004. She has been taking it to a local Good Year service station to get the oil changed. I would guess the skid plate has been there since we got the car.

      How can I test to see if the oil pan is dripping?


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      06-16-2008 02:57 PM #5
      Take off the skid plate, clean off the oil pan, wait a few hours, see if it's dripping...

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      06-16-2008 02:58 PM #6
      any way you can take pics?

    7. 06-16-2008 02:59 PM #7
      if you want to make it easier get a towel or a white cloth and place it directley under the pan and where it drips youll know roughly around where the leak is

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      06-16-2008 03:23 PM #8
      lol. this is really funny.
      Do as above

      But are you sure its a skid plate? It's cheaper to get a new pan than to get a skid plate and affix a sponge on it. Is this "skid plate" made of metal or plastic?

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    9. 06-16-2008 04:17 PM #9
      I am fairly certain it is a skid plate. It is made of solid metal and bolted in with an opening for the oil plug. I will snap some pics when I get a chance. I have not worked on a Jetta before and was curious if this was a usual piece of German engineering or a previous owner's custom fitting.

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      06-16-2008 07:16 PM #10
      its an aftermarket addition. VW also makes them but they do not come stock, or as a factory option in north america
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    11. 06-20-2008 12:15 PM #11
      The sponge is only on the perimeter of the skid plate. It is about 1/2 inch wide, and keeps the oil from getting everywhere. There is no oil leak, the reason there is oil on it is due to the oil filter placement. I found that out as I changed the oil. The oil filter is angled and when it is removed, the oil drips directly onto the skid plate. I did not notice any leaks and my oil level is maintaining between oil changes.

      I am going to leave this sponge material where it is because it isn't causing any trouble.

      Here are some pics


      Thanks for all your comments.


    12. 06-20-2008 12:22 PM #12
      o snap where do i get one of those.

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      06-20-2008 12:43 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by mystthebird »
      o snap where do i get one of those.
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      06-20-2008 03:35 PM #14
      That's actually not a sponge, but a stiff foam pad. The pad is attached to the skidplate as a buffer between the oil pan to prevent knocking/rattles.

      It's an oem part so no worries.

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    15. 06-20-2008 03:48 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by Greg_J »
      its an aftermarket addition. VW also makes them but they do not come stock, or as a factory option in north america

      both me AND my girlfriend had them from the factory


    16. 06-20-2008 04:53 PM #16
      option? how is that? i have 3 2.0ls in the family and each one of them came with a skid plate just like that one. and each of them have that same saturation as the picture above. i smell lies. they do tend to come off on one side. the plate is fixed in the back of the pan with a expansion pin and a rubber sleeve, these fittings may come loose. that could be a reason why you may not see them on some 2.0ls.

    17. 06-20-2008 05:16 PM #17
      what year are the 2.0s?


      my buddies AEG didnt have one. both my and my girlfriends are AVH


    18. 06-20-2008 06:29 PM #18
      o its a 2.0 thing. idk im not low enough to need a skid plate but i noticed 2 small scraches on the botom of my pan so it be cool to have something like that.

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      06-21-2008 11:53 AM #19
      Both are brand new/forsale...

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      06-21-2008 11:57 AM #20
      Take off the pan as suggested and clean up underneath. Next day check if you see any drippage (is that even a word) on your driveway. You really shouldn't see any oil leak.


      by pan I meant take off skid plate ofcourse.


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      06-21-2008 12:03 PM #21
      I have a 2002 AZG 2.0 jetta wagon from Germany, and it never had one of those from the factory. but I have seen them on other 2.0's.

      Steel bottomed oil pan FTW.

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    22. 04-03-2011 04:37 PM #22
      I know it's a couple of years but by chance do you still skid plates...would love to buy them...Let me know

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