Broke my undercarriage plastic thing

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  1. footprintx

    footprintx New Member

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    I broke that plastic piece that runs along the front part of the undercarriage of the car, and now it hangs a little down and catches on speed bumps and such. I took it in to my local Toyota Dealer and the dealer said a new plastic piece would cost $345, but he could jerry rig it for $40 and if it didn't work he'd apply that $40 to the cost of the re-do.

    Well, it didn't work, this was a few days ago and as soon as I hit 75 on the freeway, it came down and started dragging.

    Any ideas on what I should do? Is that piece even necessary or will not having it significantly decrease my mpg? Do you think they'd have one on the local pick-a-part? Could I just bolt on a large piece of graphite to the plastic that's still stable down there? It's up near the front and the holes where the clips attach are busted except for one of them.
     
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    You mean like this, only worse? I got some fender washers but haven't gotten under it to see if it works yet. I think I will duct tape mine before I would put out $345.00 to get it replaced.
     

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    Yes, exactly! Only ... worse. It used to look like that. Look out, once it starts hanging like that it starts getting caught on everything: speed-bumps, steep-driveways. Should I just duct-tape it?
     
  4. wchardin

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    Did you take it to a Toyota dealer or a different type dealer? I would try and shop around. $345 seems much for that. A local dealer might be able to drill holes and fix it flush to the rest of the undercarriage. Good luck and let us know if you get it fixed.
     
  5. Scott_R

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    When I did something similar to my car, I used some epoxy (the two-part putty stuff) to fix it.

    I removed the bolt, kneaded up some putty, and smoothed it over the area, overlapping it over the existing plastic on the top and bottom and smoothing it relatively flat. I pushed the screw through a bit, just enough to make a modest hole. When it dried, I reattached it. Worked perfectly.
     
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    Just to make it easier for you, it is called a "splash guard".
     
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    patsparks An Aussie perspective

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    PriusChat Shop, get the alloy undertray. It will cost a little more but is much tougher for next time.
     
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    @patsparks: couldn't seem to find that on PriusChat Shop, by search or browsing. :(
     
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    Search for BT Tech Skid Plate.
     
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    I just had mine replaced. It was 61.00 plus labor ( dealer did it free because one of the mechanics had screwed up a service item). Find another dealer!!
     
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    I also suggest the skid plate...it doesn't hang down like the plastic one and it adds the benefit of added protection to the underside....and is cheaper than the plastic replacement to boot.
     
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    If you have all the pieces, there is an inexpensive but extremely durable solution in two words:

    JB Weld

    It's not only for metal but plastic too. Find it in your autoparts store.

    ZC1
     
  14. footprintx

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    so ... i have it taped now, and am seriously leaning towards that skid plate, more from a lack of options than anything else. I've read the two reviews about the skid plate, efusco and fboyle2000s.

    i talked to the guy at the Toyota Dealership, and he said he'd install it for me, since his jerry-rig didn't work.

    Has anybody else bought this thing? What do they think? Efusco, once you got more clearance, did that help with the noise (ie: was it the plate reflecting the road noise, or was it the part of yours that was rubbing up against the plate?) is there anything i should tell them to save them some time / incorrect installation?

    thanks for all y'alls advice.
     
  15. hyo silver

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    $345?! Holy crap. Twist a short sheet-metal screw into it and call it done. Duct tape will work, but only until the first rain.
     
  16. Rokeby

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    Forget the duct tape. Try Gorilla Tape -- Home Depot has it. Black, opaque,
    very high tack, lots of fibers.

    Just as good as the "300 MPH" mil spec duct tape that a Marine buddy
    "liberated" and gave me some while back.