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Old 03-13-2009, 08:33 PM   #1
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Hit the bottom of my car.....

So i was driving over a little bump prob going 1mph tryin to to scratch my front lip wen after i cleared the bump i hear my car slam on it.... must have been cuz my car had 4 people in it... anyways what should i check for.... i looked to see if the oil pan was cracked and i didnt see any leakage so i assumed it ok but what should i check for tom if anything?
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:38 PM   #2
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I scratch mine all the time
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:58 PM   #3
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I scratch mine all the time
I used to know guys with vdub that would crack their oil pan since they were so low.... im not even that low its jsut that i had my car full.... so should i bother to go under and check or no?
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:01 PM   #4
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i would check to be on the safe side, more then likely it's just a scratch but better safe then sorry
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:05 PM   #5
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Your car doesn't look low enough for any major damage to be caused, even at full capacity--but for the peace of mind you should check, nothing's as unsettling as staying up all night thinking about the same thing over and over.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:15 PM   #6
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This has happened to me a lot. Just last week i slammed it pretty damn hard on a bump (Didn't angle it right). It sounded like an explosion, checked everything out, it was perfectly fine.

Always angle it so both wheels don't go on at the same time.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:30 PM   #7
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yeah.....i wouldn't worry about it. You were going as slow as a blind old lady. (if there is a blind old lady reading this.....opps). At that speed I doubt anything happenned other than a scratch. Happens to me all the time here and there.......just scratches, nothingelse. Now if you were going fast, and you hear that, then I'd be worried......then there might be some damage. Don't fret over it... do a visual and make yourself feel better.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:49 PM   #8
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I don't think our cars have major components exposed underneath it. You'd probably hit a cover/brace/bracket before you actually broke anything significant. I scrape because the piping after the cats dips low then goes back up. (I put headers and the welder is an idiot). If you scraped you should be good. A good dive + "pound" sound could be different depending on how low and how hard (fast). I had an eclipse once that scraped all the time (slammed on H&R race), my cross member was bent like no other. lol
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i know how u feel i scraped twice, once it sounded like the cover underneath the car and the second one might have been my exhaust

but i checked it all out and all is well, just be a little more cautious now that ur lowered
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:46 PM   #10
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So i was driving over a little bump prob going 1mph tryin to to scratch my front lip wen after i cleared the bump i hear my car slam on it.... must have been cuz my car had 4 people in it... anyways what should i check for.... i looked to see if the oil pan was cracked and i didnt see any leakage so i assumed it ok but what should i check for tom if anything?
Why were you trying to scratch your front lip, and who is Tom?


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There are plenty of things you could have scraped. There are two rubber air dams in front of your front wheels. These usually scrape pretty easily and they are just rubber so no harm. Usually these will make a loud, "hollow", sounding scrape. Slightly aft of your front wheels is the central jacking point, which is part of the front structure brace so it is made of metal. If you hit this, you would actually feel the scraping through your seat and steering wheel and the sound actually sounds like a piece of metal dragging on the ground. Your oil pan is slightly higher than this central jacking point so I don't think you have to worry about that.
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:00 AM   #11
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k thanks guys ill check it all tom jsut to be safe
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