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Hey all! So I was driving and heard this dragging sound under my '03 Pathfinder so I pulled over to find this large (maybe 3' width by 2') piece of thick matte black plastic dragging down in front between the two front tires. It appears to be some sort of debris shield? It was barely hanging on so I ripped it out.

Can anyone confirm what this is? Is it necessary? :confused:

Thanks much!
 

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That's the "skid plate", in quotes because when push comes to shove, that thing won't help you a whole lot compared to a steel skid plate. All that plastic thing does is get in the way when you do maintenance like changing the oil filter.

It's fine to drive around town without it, there are plenty of people on the forums who have. Though if you plan to do any real offroading, you may want to toss that plastic thing and buy a real, steel skid plate for the Pathy.
 
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