High Winds Rip Off Fender Trim Piece (Palm Springs)

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  1. William Redoubt

    William Redoubt Senior Member

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    High winds on the I-10 near Palm Springs tore the left front fender trip off my car, denting the door and scratching the mirror. Made a huge noise. Very scary. The gust blew me out of my lane.

    $55.00 for a new one shipped with mounting studs extra. BTW, the new piece comes with the mounting studs (found that out the hard way).


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    I wonder if you should try to recover costs from Toyota? That should not happen.
     
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    Maybe it was loose?
     
  4. William Redoubt

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    There is no way for it to be "loose." The fasteners "set" into their respective holes with a zero-tolerance "click" when the piece is snapped into place. Just a freak incident. I would be that gust was over 80 mph. My mpg for that trip was 29.2. It is normally 54 to 60 when the winds are calm.
     
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    In that kind of weather, I'd say you came out pretty good. I'm glad you didn't get hit by a flying semi!

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    I encountered a semi on its side on I-8 in the mountains of So Cal a few years ago. It had just happened and they closed the road right behind me as we squeaked by on the shoulder. Those were 80+ mph winds, too. Almost as bad as a Colorado chinook.
     
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    Something we should all take a look at as it may have become loose over time and that gust of wind just finished it off. I lived in Beaumont for 22 years and can honestly say that those winds out there are like lo other place. When I retired and moved back to Arizona my new neighbors told me I'd hate the wind here, I laughed.
     
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    It's on there pretty "strongly". Checked yesterday on my friends car. I wonder if it was actually hit with something else the wind was carrying. Or perhaps it was never snapped in properly?
     
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