Is the splash guard necessary?

Asked by Jun 01, 2014 at 02:55 PM about the 2003 Toyota 4Runner

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I'm referring to the thin piece of metal behind the tire, behind the caliper and wheel
bearing assembly.  Ours makes a rattle sound and the noise is gone when this guard is
removed.  Is it necessary?
I replaced the wheel bearing assembly on our Toyota 4runner and while struggling to
remove this from the vehicle, the splash guard may have taken a beating.  When
driving over a rough surface, an annoying rattle sound developed.  That sound is gone
now with the slash guard removed. I'm just curious if this piece of metal is absolutely
necessary and what is the purpose of this?

3 Answers

123,825

It keeps dirt from getting around your brakes and bearings. I would not run without mine.

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Best Answer Mark helpful

Thanks. Not the answer I was hoping for but figured it was there for a reason

298,735

I agree, reinstall and make sure it's attached properly or find another way of securing it so it won't rattle.

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