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Old 02-06-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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What's on the bottom of the car? (2009 Focus SES 4D)

A few days ago I decided to do a very clumsy U-turn... I hit the curb with what I thought was either my bumper, or my rims. It made an awful grinding noise.

After looking at the bumper and the rims. they were all fine. I was a bit confused, but then looked Under the car.

I saw a plastic-ish cover with a bump in it. The bump was (intentional) a straight line which protruded down from the cover. Turned out I scraped that. Not hard, either.

Now I know why I always feel like I bottom out each time I got 4MPH over a speedbump- something that puzzled me since my girlfriend's focus can Speed over a bump with no problem.

My question is; What the hell is it? What is the function? If it's not important, can I somehow.. replace or delete it? It's infuriating- I now wonder if each time I hit a pot hole the internals get shoved from the bottom because of this .."bar".


Kind of hard to explain it, I suppose.


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Take a pic of it. But I think I know what you are talking about. It's right behind the bottom of the front bumper cover?

It's like a splash guard and it lets you know when you are going too close to something under you like the parking spot concrete bars
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Take a pic of it. But I think I know what you are talking about. It's right behind the bottom of the front bumper cover?

It's like a splash guard and it lets you know when you are going too close to something under you like the parking spot concrete bars
sounds...very right..! I'll double check later tonight though :p
Can I delete it? or would that be an overall terrible idea?

Thanks so much =]
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Why delete it? I left mine I've scraped it countless times on the parking blocks. But that's about the only thing I scrape though.
I'm like the master at hitting pot holes and I always get nothing but a big BANG from the wheel

If it eventually starts to break and hang then I suppose you can delete it. Older cars got around fine without them lol.
My cousin's ES330 has half of it hanging off and dragging because something happened to it. His costs $120 for just the right side. lol Wonder how much the Focus one costs
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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I'd want to delete it just because every time I go over a dip, speedbump, or pothole, I hear it grinding against the pavement. And it's not like I can help it when it happens at less then 10MPH. Might as well remove it and be less bothered by the noise (it Really freaks me out).

Plus, if I keep it on, It'll get more and more damaged with time anyway. If I'd remove it, no part of the car would touch the pavement.
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Sounds to me like the air dam? Air dams are usually the black plastic piece that (in snowy regions) get's ripped off when someone nose dives a snow bank, or a curb. They are there to help push air up from under the front of the car into the engine bay, I believe.
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