Re-attaching a damaged front splash shield

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  1. Webslog

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    I consider the front splash shield (and all the plastic foofaw under the engine) as being, essentially, consumables for the car. Therefore, the longer I can go before buying new ones, though the better.

    The "lower lip" shield had hung up on those parking lot kerbs enough times that the leading edge finally gave way as I was getting on the interstate. The piece of plastic hung on, but the front lip caught and dragged on the road, breaking the pockets that bolted the back of that shield to the undercarriage.

    Here's how to fix those "pockets" so your not just relying on the front clips to hold everything up.

    Note: I could have done this with the shield (Toyota Partslink #TO1093124) detached from the car but I didn't because I didn't realize I needed to McGyver this repair until I'd replaced 10 bolts and 8 push clips). There's a nearly invisible line between efficiency and laziness.

    Additional Note: Standard safety disclaimers apply. Following these instrux could kill you. Your Prius could throw itself off the jack and kill you. So jackstands, good lighting, and an up-to-date will are non-negotiables. Consult your financial advisor for deductibility.

    You'll need:
    • An icepick
    • A propane torch or something else to heat the icepick's tip
    • 3" cable ties
    • wirecutters
    1) Properly chock your wheels, jack the front end of your Precious up, put jack stands in place, and slide under the car.

    2) Heat the tip of your icepick. I used a blowtorch but I suppose even a candle would work.


    3) Hold the ice pick and carefully run it up and through the bottom, then side of the pocket at an angle. melting the holes this way will make it easier to feed the cable tie through as instructed in Step 5.


    4) I melted holes at either of the curve, as shown below, but went back and added a third hole at the top of the curve. It makes the repair stronger.


    5) I didn't take a picture of this next step for some reason, but now, feed a cable tie through each hole. pulling it finger-tight.

    6) Trim the ends of the cable ties with your wirecutters.


    7) And you're done.

    The shield is now firmly in place and looks tons better than the piece of paracord I had been using to hitch up the "lower lip" to the grille and keep it from flapping in the wind.
     
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  2. bisco

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    well done!

    i used a drill instead of ice pick
     
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    Thanks! My cordless drill's battery is shot so I had to improvise.
     
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    I used fiberglas mesh with 2-part epoxy. Removed it first (this can be done without even raising the front end, did mesh and generous epoxy on the inside, and an epoxy bead on the outside.That thing cannot pass over the typical concrete wheel stop without dragging, and subsequently snagging as you back off.

    I just keep on top of it with the epoxy, and am really cagey about going too far into parking spots now.
     
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    i find myself backing in more and more often, the rear seems to be higher
     
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    We now have a backup camera on each of our cars, which makes it easier and more precise :).

    It also makes parallel parking easier and less guess work;).

    If you back in, you’re ready to leave in an instant(y).
     
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    does the lexus have the self lowering outside mirrors in reverse?
     
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    Yes:).

    Another nice feature;).

    The wife is still smitten with it:love:.
     
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    i would like that, since i do it manually to watch the parking lines.
     
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    Sounds like it’s one to upgrade :).

    How many miles on the hycam:whistle:?

    Get Mrs. Bisco an ES Hybrid the next time and you’ll both win;).

    Or go for the LS and splurge those retirement savings away(y)
     
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    This thread is awesome! I'm having this issue with mine right now, the front end scrapes.when I pull up our driveway (it's a steep incline). I assume by cable ties, you mean what I call zip ties.

    Thanks for this! Sunday afternoon project.

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
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    I would take it off first, very easy to do, doesn't require raising the car. It's mostly metal bolts and screws, a row of each, and one plastic-type fastener, near the middle. If it's really knackered, here's the replacement:



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