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Old 01-22-2017, 12:11 AM
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Splash Shield: Zip Tie Locations

Did my first oil change today. Put the Fit up on DIY wooden ramps, carefully removed the splash shield, did the oil change (the easy part, no mess), then replaced the splash shield and added zip ties. Here are my zip tie locations, with pics. These pics are a bit confusing, so bear with me. If you are confused with orientation, cut a paper card and label front, rear, driver, passenger on the side facing the ground. This will help with orientation.

From the first pic you need to turn the splash shield upside down, reversing left and right, or the shiny side is pointing to the road, when installed. Both zip tie locations in the splash shield go through a smaller hole, the one with a "+" in the middle.

I used 3 x 7.5" standard zipties.

The driver's side uses a single zip tie that wraps around a piece of metal. The passenger side uses two zip ties daisy chained together and goes through a hole on a metal part. I did not want to zip tie to another plastic piece.

Overall I believe this splash shield design is flawed. The 6 metal screws look pretty weak, and the 2 plastic expansion fasteners are just badly designed. This is not news for forum members. With the front lip tightly tucked into the front and 2 zip ties on the sides, even if all the fasteners fall out the splash shield should still stay in place.


2015-2017 Honda Fit splash shield. Top side faces the ground when installed.

2015-2017 Honda Fit splash shield, underside, zip tie locations.



2015-2017 Honda Fit, driver's side, single zip tie, goes around a metal part.


2015-2017 Honda Fit, passenger side, double zip tie, goes through a hole in a metal part

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Old 01-23-2017, 08:07 AM
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that is good reinforcement for the factory hardware.

im going to see if i can replace the hardware too when i do da oil change this yr.. honda really surprised me with the junk screws and tabs they used.
 
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Old 01-23-2017, 11:11 AM
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I bought my usedFit(2015) two months ago, the shield is gone and all the fastener hole for the other(side) sheild are pulled out. Once I get a replacement, this looks to be my only option, unless I buy the side shields as well.
 
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Old 01-23-2017, 03:54 PM
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why do you need the zip ties if all the screws are in place? Are they? I plan to leave mine off after the first oil change. 2017 LX CVT.
 
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:46 PM
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why do you need the zip ties if all the screws are in place? Are they? I plan to leave mine off after the first oil change. 2017 LX CVT.
The 6 screws look really low quality and weak. They seem easily stripped. Drywall screws look stronger and are thicker. The plastic expansion screws are, well, plastic, low quality and really weak. I would not even hang an 8x11 picture frame on these plastic expansion screws. If something on the road happens to catch on the splash shield, like a cardboard box or tree branch, it might rip off a screw or two. I can see why the dealership could easily damage all of them.

I can also see why many posters have dislodged or lost their splash shield.
 
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Old 01-23-2017, 06:29 PM
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The 6 screws look really low quality and weak. They seem easily stripped. Drywall screws look stronger and are thicker. The plastic expansion screws are, well, plastic, low quality and really weak. I would not even hang an 8x11 picture frame on these plastic expansion screws. If something on the road happens to catch on the splash shield, like a cardboard box or tree branch, it might rip off a screw or two. I can see why the dealership could easily damage all of them.

I can also see why many posters have dislodged or lost their splash shield.
I tell my kids never follow a car with a roof rack load, or a car pulling a loaded trailer for that matter. Now, I have to warn them not to follow a Fit as well.
 
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Originally Posted by TorontoBoy View Post
The 6 screws look really low quality and weak. They seem easily stripped. Drywall screws look stronger and are thicker. The plastic expansion screws are, well, plastic, low quality and really weak. I would not even hang an 8x11 picture frame on these plastic expansion screws. If something on the road happens to catch on the splash shield, like a cardboard box or tree branch, it might rip off a screw or two. I can see why the dealership could easily damage all of them.

I can also see why many posters have dislodged or lost their splash shield.
I've done two oil changes and the metal hardware is fine, it's the plastic screws in the rear that are weak. The only time I lost metal hardware was after letting the dealership do the first oil change since it was free, didn't make that mistake twice.
 
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What mileage on your odometer? I had 11.5k kms at my 1st change. Waited until 0% on the minder. My minder is coming on between 9 to 10k kms as of the last few instances, all until 0%. I don't know how others report the minder coming on at 10k miles. Maybe because they have the cvt. Or maybe it has to do to adjustments to the minder schedule due to the Canadian factor.
 

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Old 01-24-2017, 04:26 PM
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What mileage on your odometer? I had 11.5k kms at my 1st change. Waited until 0% on the minder. My minder is coming on between 9 to 10k kms as of the last few instances, all until 0%. I don't know how others report the minder coming on at 10k miles. Maybe because they have the cvt.
The maintenance minder came on at about 8,100 kms, 15% oil life left. Changed he oil on Saturday when the weather was a balmy 4C! I did not want to wait until the minder said 0%. The wife does not like any such messages, or even the low gas light, as she thinks something will explode.
 
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I did not want to wait until the minder said 0%. The wife does not like any such messages, or even the low gas light, as she thinks something will explode.
Wait until the under cover blows out the two rear plastic fasteners due to snow accumulation. Sounded like my transmission blew apart from the engine. And that's right after I changed the tranny fluid. Freaked me out for a good half hour lol.


 
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The maintenance minder came on at about 8,100 kms, 15% oil life left.
My odo is at literally 10 times your mileage. 83k kms now. Still running good! This car never left me stranded. Clutch still strong. No major issues. Am thinking of replacing rear shocks.
 
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or even the low gas light, as she thinks something will explode.
I was a gas gauge watcher when I was a young kid. I was a human "low gas light". To help me calm down my parents told me the "E" on the gauge meant "Enough".
 
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does anyone know the PN for those "metal screws" the op is referring to?




Couldnt find it, on the diagram, only those plastic clip thingees

 
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16 and 18 i believe. u can use any clip nut thingie though in dat size from like Acehardware. lol
 
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I lost one of those metal screws when I was doing an oil change last week. I replaced it with a general purpose sheet metal screw of about the same size. Replacement worked fine but I was thinking afterwards I should have used a stainless steel screw since a normal one will rust out exposed to water, salt and whatever underneath there. I did find the missing screw a few days later on a chair where I had temporarily placed it, pointy side up of course. I found it when I sat down on it I'll swap it back next time I'm doing work underneath.
 
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I think they are #16 in that diagram. They screw into a #18, it's like a clip with threads.

I've replaced a set with a cage nut and bolt from our datacenter. It's not stainless, but I use grease on it and it's held up for a few years without any rust.
 
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