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Old 03-01-2021, 11:01 AM #1
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plastic piece under engine skid

What is the point of this plastic piece on the engine skid that you have to remove every time for an oil change, does it hurt to keep it off...?
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It's an air duct, it's supposed to direct air through the skid, presumably to get 0.003% better gas mileage? Reduce road noise? I dunno. I think it's more cosmetic than anything.
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What is the point of this plastic piece on the engine skid that you have to remove every time for an oil change, does it hurt to keep it off...?
Appearance trim, maybe.
Function, helps direct all air thru radiator area and also helps keep mud and debris from going into that area.
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My 2016 SR5 does not have that part under/on the skid--perhaps it was added on models after 2016?.

Could you show a pic of where that fits? Thanks.
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My 2016 SR5 does not have that part under/on the skid--perhaps it was added on models after 2016?.

Could you show a pic of where that fits? Thanks.
That piece is supposed to be on your SR5.
It’s call a Radiator Support Air Deflector (Front, Lower)

2016 Toyota 4Runner Radiator Support Air Deflector (Front, Lower). PACKAGE, Body, BUMPER - 5210135700 - Genuine Toyota Part

It’s located between the bottom of your front fender and your OEM skid plate.

Some sort of this deflector comes on all 4Runners.

When the TRD Pros came out, the port was famous for throwing them away instead of cutting them to fit the gap.

Here is a pic on my other T4R after TRD skid plate install.
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My 2013 SR5 has it.
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When the TRD Pros came out, the port was famous for throwing them away instead of cutting them to fit the gap.
The factory instructions for installing the TRD skid plate says to discard that panel: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....17mB4nXCGL.pdf

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The factory instructions for installing the TRD skid plate says to discard that panel: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....17mB4nXCGL.pdf
That is indeed what it states.

Maybe Toyota didn't want their techs spending a few minutes to direct the air into the radiator by cutting the trim!!!!!!!!
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I took a few minutes and cut mine on both of my T4R's and put them back on. When I remove my TRD skid, trim stays in place. It doesn't get in the way
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It does a good job keeping winter salt off the chassis.
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That piece is supposed to be on your SR5.
Itís call a Radiator Support Air Deflector (Front, Lower)

2016 Toyota 4Runner Radiator Support Air Deflector (Front, Lower). PACKAGE, Body, BUMPER - 5210135700 - Genuine Toyota Part

Itís located between the bottom of your front fender and your OEM skid plate.

Some sort of this deflector comes on all 4Runners.

When the TRD Pros came out, the port was famous for throwing them away instead of cutting them to fit the gap.

Here is a pic on my other T4R after TRD skid plate install.
Sorry for my incomplete post. I DO have the long radiator support air deflector on my 2016. However the part in the OPs photo looks much smaller and curved. I could not picture where that part would fit. Guess the shape/size of the part changed since 2016, and I should have had another cup of coffee before posting... 8^) Thanks for your info!
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This is a mystery cover. Not on my 18 ORP. What model year/trim do you have?
Show a photo of where it is installed.
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Sorry for my incomplete post. I DO have the long radiator support air deflector on my 2016. However the part in the OPs photo looks much smaller and curved. I could not picture where that part would fit. Guess the shape/size of the part changed since 2016, and I should have had another cup of coffee before posting... 8^) Thanks for your info!
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This is a mystery cover. Not on my 18 ORP. What model year/trim do you have?
Show a photo of where it is installed.
Oh wait.... maybe I was the one shy of not having my 5th cup of Espresso!!!!

I was wrong!
That piece shown is NOT the part I described.

I do not know what the OP shield has either, after looking again!
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It looks like front intake duct part #5281235010 but not sure why OP had to remove for oil change.

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It looks like front intake duct part #5281235010 but not sure why OP had to remove for oil change.
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It has 4 clips that go into the engine skid. and I remove it so the other plastic part that it covers in front can be removed so I can remove the engine metal skid hooks .
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It has 4 clips that go into the engine skid. and I remove it so the other plastic part that it covers in front can be removed so I can remove the engine metal skid hooks .
My 2011 SR5 has same setup.
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