Bottom front cover removal

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by Alen Kalati, Oct 29, 2016.

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  1. Alen Kalati

    Alen Kalati Junior Member

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    Hi all;
    I found recently that the plastic/rubber thingy that goes under the front bumper and connects to the front bumper had broken loose and got damaged. I had no choice but to cut it out so I can drive. Its not the whole bottom of the car but rather 4-5 inches of the front bottom cover.

    I know this would affect my MPG performance because of aerodynamic and temperature issues. But I was wondering if any other issues can be affected by me doing this 'operation'. My main concern is safety but other issues as well.

    Thanks!
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    You can buy another cover.

    No danger in not having it, it's to protect under the car....just lose the protection.

    It's like not having a bumper, car is fully functional, just don't hit anyone
     
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    I was shopping those, ended up repairing what I have. Are you in the "48 contiguous States"? You're location info is missing. If so, this is one deal I found, think it's what you're looking for:

    Spoiler | Genuine Toyota | 76851-47030 : Genuine OEM Toyota Parts & Accessories | parts.toyotaofnashua.com

    There's several bolts, screws and one plastic fastener you'll need too, if they're missing.

    What I found is happening with that piece: it can take a bit of scraping of you driver over a curb, but if it's a concrete wheel stop and you've rolled completely over it, it'll snag as you try to back off the curb, messes it up more significantly.
     
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    Thanks for your response. I'd rather not spend the money and the headache of putting it on if not a safety issue.
     
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    Without that piece in place though: the next piece, the main engine underpanel is more exposed, the gap will be a bit of an air scoop. Your call.

    For the front piece there's 6 of the bolts (back row), 6 of the screws (front row), and one of the plastic push-in (front centre).

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    Look for a wreck that somebody's parting out. The labor is pretty easy.
     
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    I took mine off, to repair, without even raising the front.
     
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