Possible damaged fuel line

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  1. Andrew810

    Andrew810 New Member

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    Hello all. I just recently bought a 2014 Prius 3 and I had an incident last week. As I was pulling into a driveway that slopes down after you cross the threshold, The height of the car was not high enough to clear once over the threshold. Suffice it to say the bottom of the car scraped the pavement. I could feel the scraping. I was not going very fast and I'm not seeing any leaks of any kind nor am I smelling any fuel. I can't even see any damage from where I scraped the bottom. It was like the front half of the midsection. What I am noticing however is a drop in fuel efficiency. Whereas before I was doing 48 mpg street, now I'm doing like 38. Highway is still basically 50. Is it possible that I damaged the fuel lines or part of the exhaust system?
     
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    It's unlikely you did any damage, but you should put the car on ramps and inspect the bottom ASAP.
     
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    Your fuel mileage decline is probably do to some other underlying factor. If you have been using your A/C more than usual, this might be the reason. If you had damaged any fuel or exhaust system components, the vehicle management systems would likely have reported a problem by way of the CEL light.
     
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    welcome!
    sounds like your imagination. i do that a lot. if you really feel there has been a change due to the scrape, put it on a lift and look at the suspension. there are no fuel lines low enough to be damaged.
    a lot of people scrape their pri, but it's usually superficial or damage to the aero panels.
     
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