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Repairing Black plastic panel under front of car

I accidentally pulled the plastic panel that covers the underside of the front of the car behind the bumper. It hooked on something as I backed out of the driveway.

The damage is strictly some of the spots where a screw holds it to the bumper and chassis.

Any thoughts on how to repair these spots? Epoxy seems to be too brittle"

Is it strictly a dirt protection thing or is it there due to problems?
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Re: Repairing Black plastic panel under front of car

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I accidentally pulled the plastic panel that covers the underside of the front of the car behind the bumper. It hooked on something as I backed out of the driveway.

The damage is strictly some of the spots where a screw holds it to the bumper and chassis.

Any thoughts on how to repair these spots? Epoxy seems to be too brittle"

Is it strictly a dirt protection thing or is it there due to problems?
In a pinch you can fasten it back with zip-ties. Or go to AutoZone and get the proper fasteners. You can also completely remove the thing and stick it in the garage until you get it fixed.

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I'm not even sure it's for dirt protection more than it's for under body aerodynamics. If you end up buying a new one, let us know what it costs.

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Keep debris from getting into the engine bay. Also as Zeoth mention, it's also for aerodynamic.
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http://plastex.net/

I have one of these kits and have used it with mixed success on car interior trim pieces and motorcycle parts. On some plastics, you are just SOL and you can't do a satisfactory repair. I don't know what kind of plastic the RAV4 bottom shiled is made of.

Here is a review of the kit:



http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/plastex-repair-kit/

Good luck, and let us know if you come up with a fix.

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http://plastex.net/

I have one of these kits and have used it with mixed success on car interior trim pieces and motorcycle parts. On some plastics, you are just SOL and you can't do a satisfactory repair. I don't know what kind of plastic the RAV4 bottom shiled is made of.
Good luck, and let us know if you come up with a fix.
Is it flexible at all?
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Yes, a little, just like your plastic part that broke

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If anyone is interested, the large "engine under cover" is approx. $160. The smaller one behind it is $27.

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Just went to the dealer about the button snaps for the rear end of the cover.

$ 2.50 per snap. Same thing @ Napa for 1.00 each.

The "engine under cover" is approximately $ 267. here in Canada. Canadian $ is worth about .98 USD

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Why would you say that? It's not like it's Toyota's fault you scraped it. The car is decently high off the ground so if it was a normal passenger vehicle, you probably would have done a lot more damage.

As for prices of parts, they don't call it "stealerships" because they are cheap.

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