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Does a 2016 Toyota Corolla LE come with liners for their rear wheel wells? Does it need them?

The front wheel wells have plastic liners but the rear wheel wells do not;

  • There is a visible cable, more exposed than I would have expected.
  • There is a little shelf which looks ideal for water/snow/salt to gather in this winter. (You can partially see this shelf at the very bottom in this picture of the rear wheel well, where some pebbles have gathered.)

So should my car have come (as standard) with a liner/shield like in this linked picture (apparently of a 2012 Toyota Camry)?

If I am missing this liner, is it putting my car at risk of damage from stones or rust?

  • From the picture it doesn't look like it does. Take a look at the bottom of the panel and see if it has slots for plastic rivets or screws. – Ben May 31 '16 at 21:21
  • Usually most new cars do have liners in all four guards, some don't. While I'd assume you've just lost yours, you can check around the inside of the wheel well for vacant holes. That might give you a clue as to whether or not the liner is missing, or just not there to begin with. – Aaron Lavers Jun 1 '16 at 6:24
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To liner or not to liner, ahhh. That is the question.

It's a bit of a crapshoot. A well-designed liner will keep the debris off the important bits.

A not-well-designed liner will accumulate the nasties at an alarming rate.

Being a Subaru geek, I can tell you that Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru) tried really hard to protect the fuel filler neck with some plastic shielding "liners".

Which ultimately made a nice cubby for all kinds of salt and dirt to rot out the filler neck. It was a minor problem... only a few million cars.

I honestly wouldn't worry about it. If you live in a salt-the-roads-during winter-area, get some extra car washes.

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