Damage from Scratching Bottom

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by klabu, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. klabu

    klabu Guest

    What sorts of damages can be caused by scratching bottom ? like when
    you come down a hill/dip
    Can it fxck up the exhaust connections, catalyst converter ?
    klabu, Dec 13, 2005
  2. klabu

    Elle Guest

    It can loosen up exhaust parts. It can also amount to just
    some scraping.

    If you hear serious noises down there while driving over
    something with little clearance, I'd stop and inspect.

    A bit of scraping is probably nothing.
    Elle, Dec 14, 2005
  3. klabu

    xblazinlv Guest

    As long as you are only scraping the front end you should be fine.
    That's why manufacturers put skid plates under the motor. Did you
    scrape anything else besides the front?

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    xblazinlv, Dec 14, 2005
  4. klabu

    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    I got up on the center divider at the Breezwood PA Turnpike entrance
    ramp in the rain one evening long ago. The oil pan got a small dent in
    it that turned into a crack. After trying to patch it many times over
    the next year, I finely just replaced the pan. bob
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Dec 14, 2005
  5. klabu

    Zeppo Guest

    I'd get it up on a rack somewhere and inspect for any other damage. You
    might have munged up anything that hangs low, or missed everything but the
    oil pan. A close look should reveal anything you might have done.

    Zeppo, Dec 14, 2005
  6. klabu

    Eye Indo Guest

    You guys do not know what "bottom damage" is, until you have lived and
    driven in Salt Lake City, where most of the streets have these "open sewer"
    style gutters on the side of the roads. They are just terrible. I had to
    enter the streets almost sideways in order to NOT get a scraping sound.
    Maybe that was the main reason for seeing so many "always dirty looking"
    trucks there. (snicker, snicker)
    Eye Indo, Dec 14, 2005
  7. klabu

    flobert Guest

    I dunno, rural georgia's pretty bad
    hell, wife usually smacks the bottom of our civic every time she
    drives it in/out of our little parking lot. It also bottoms out badly
    if you turn into hardies or McD's here. I stick it up every 2-3
    months, and despite nearly 3 years of this 'damage' nothings gotten
    broken yet, severealy scuffed, yes
    flobert, Dec 14, 2005
  8. I'm glad all you got in here before I made a fool of myself. I was going to
    recommend keeping fingernails trimmed short.

    Michael Pardee, Dec 14, 2005
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