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Old 05-09-2015, 10:01 PM   #1
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How lovely, thanks shop for forgetting a screw

apparently the shop which did my alignment either forgot a screw for the belly pan or didn't screw it on tight enough. So the other day after hitting a bump I started hearing rubbing.

Then today my friend said, what's wrong with your bumper? I said looks fine -- oh wait oh no. The belly pan was hanging down. I had thought my wheel was rubbing but actually it was my belly pan dragging on the ground.

Only happened a couple days agao since I noticed the rubbing noice but by now 1/3 of the belly pan is completely worn off.

How lovely.

Now I have another $100+ expense. Yay. Looks like I can pick one up for $117. Of course the local dealer wanted $178 plus tax (which would come to just about $200) but there is no way I'm paying $200.

I wonder if there is something I can do? Allen Tire was the one who I went to a couple weeks ago to get an alignment. They cleaned up by steering which helped correct a "bump steering" isue although ultimately I will need a new steering rack. However now I'm stuck with another $150 expense, and that's if I install it myself. Allen Tire was so nice and so helpful, but I mean they caused me this extra expense so that's not fair now is it.

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Old 05-09-2015, 10:06 PM   #2
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For something like that I'd just buy used or you're wasting your money. It's either broken or it's not.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:11 PM   #3
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Remember that kid in 9th grade that was dumber than you?
That's who did your alignment.

Let's face it. Nobody dreams for a career in BMW wheel alignment.

You probably didn't need the alignment to be done in the first place.




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Old 05-09-2015, 10:19 PM   #4
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Remember that kid in 9th grade that was dumber than you?
That's who did your alignment.

Let's face it. Nobody dreams for a career in BMW wheel alignment.

You probably didn't need the alignment to be done in the first place.




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I did need the alignment, not for the alignment but whatever else they did they reduced the bump steering issue by about 90% which completely improves the driving experience.

That said I'm not thrilled about having to buy a new belly pan. Is there anything I can do?
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:20 PM   #5
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For something like that I'd just buy used or you're wasting your money. It's either broken or it's not.
Even used is over $100 so unless you have a place I can pick one up for $50, of course I will be grateful if you could tell me.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:33 PM   #6
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did it get that messed up cant u just bolt it back up?
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:34 PM   #7
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if it didn't totally tear off i'd just zip tie it. at least until you find a better used one
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:46 PM   #8
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did it get that messed up cant u just bolt it back up?
yes 1/3 of the plastic is gone due to rubbing off while driving, probably mostly happened when driving from LA to OC yesterday. I can put it up even with a screw since the hole is still there, but since most of the plastic is just gone then it's no longer providing the coverage needed, hence replace is necessary ASAP.

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if it didn't totally tear off i'd just zip tie it. at least until you find a better used one
I could even screw it back up but see above.

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Old 05-09-2015, 11:16 PM   #9
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apparently the shop which did my alignment either forgot a screw for the belly pan or didn't screw it on tight enough. So the other day after hitting a bump I started hearing rubbing.

Then today my friend said, what's wrong with your bumper? I said looks fine -- oh wait oh no. The belly pan was hanging down. I had thought my wheel was rubbing but actually it was my belly pan dragging on the ground.

Only happened a couple days agao since I noticed the rubbing noice but by now 1/3 of the belly pan is completely worn off.

How lovely.

Now I have another $100+ expense. Yay. Looks like I can pick one up for $117. Of course the local dealer wanted $178 plus tax (which would come to just about $200) but there is no way I'm paying $200.

I wonder if there is something I can do? Allen Tire was the one who I went to a couple weeks ago to get an alignment. They cleaned up by steering which helped correct a "bump steering" isue although ultimately I will need a new steering rack. However now I'm stuck with another $150 expense, and that's if I install it myself. Allen Tire was so nice and so helpful, but I mean they caused me this extra expense so that's not fair now is it.
Oh they didn't forget a screw. YOU got screwed.

Go back to them (be nice) and explain what happened, then ask them to source a good used one for you. It won't cost them much and they owe you that at least.
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:11 AM   #10
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Oh they didn't forget a screw. YOU got screwed.

Go back to them (be nice) and explain what happened, then ask them to source a good used one for you. It won't cost them much and they owe you that at least.


Thanks, I will try that
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:35 AM   #11
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Usually alignment doesn't require splash guard removal...
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Old 05-12-2015, 05:35 AM   #12
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Usually alignment doesn't require splash guard removal...
Was going to say this...
none of the covers are removed during alignment.
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:33 AM   #13
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Was going to say this...
none of the covers are removed during alignment.
They did though because they showed me in person the steering rack to tell me it needs to be replaced sooner or later.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:51 PM   #14
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Update: I finally got around to calling Allen Tire to ask if they would replace it since they caused the issue. I don't drive very often so it wasn't as urgent a deal for me as for others who are driving long distances every day. Plus I have been so so busy lately. Anyhow, he very quickly agreed to order the part and replace it for me. He's going to give me a call when he gets the part in. So that's good news.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:59 PM   #15
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:40 PM   #16
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:43 PM   #17
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why when they will give a new one for free
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:10 PM   #18
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Awesome that the company is stepping up like that. Thats the type of shop that would get repeat business from me. Plus you know there will be a note on your account to make sure that they never mess up again lol.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:34 PM   #19
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One screw being loose will not make the shield fall off. It has 7 screws not counting the front pins to the bumper.
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:47 PM   #20
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I hate those belly pans, they hide too much; you can have an oil or coolant leak that will collect in it and you won't know until it's too late.
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