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post #11 of 47 (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses all. Dave- I felt up there and also checked the driver's side rear wheel well for comparison purposes. Basically there's a metal threaded shaft that comes down from the underside of the body in the wheel well, the grey material is held up by it... the shaft goes thru the hole you mentioned i.e. the one in my photo. It's held in place by a nut. Forgive me, I am not handy/techy at all... but it's the kind of nut, I believe, that just spins and spins and never fully tightens. At least that's what was happening on my good wheel well. Anyway my point? No nut on the bad side. Nut has gone missing i.e. fell off while driving, came off with force when I hit the puddle, whatever. Truth is the puddle may not have had anything to do with this. I was just guessing. Either way, nut falls off, vibrates off, whatever, grey material falls down. Should'nt be on me but we'll see. I'm always friendly in these situations, and my dealership is cool, so I'm confident this one will be under warranty.

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Shook- Thankfully no not a scratch, although you had me worried after I read your post. I was nowhere near my car but once I got to it I confirmed... just a weird reflection in the shot. Blame it on the liquid silver.

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As other people have stated, this should not have happened regardless of how much rain. You definitely should tell the dealer to repair it under warranty!

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you guys make this thing sound really janky. I'm kind of scared. my Honda is 15 years old and this has never happened. dude drives over a puddle and his muffler falls off.

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This pretty much looks like it's going to be an out of pocket expense.. Of course you can always go to your insurance company but with deductibles that doesn't look like an option.
This sort of thing is covered under the bumper to bumper warranty. There is no way he will be charged on red cent to fix this.
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. I'm always friendly in these situations, and my dealership is cool, so I'm confident this one will be under warranty.
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If this happened to me there is zero chance I would be paying for this and Mazda would absolutely be covering this under warranty.

It's laughable to think this would not be covered under warranty.

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Wow, now that is really freaky. Must be a defective part, went past shoddy QC. This should not happen to a less than a month old car.

Go tell it to Mazda Corporate first before a dealer drop-off, if I were you (if this was me..hell, they'll hear a real mouthful). You just spent a big $20K+ on this car...and this happens, driving over a puddle?!! This must NOT be out of pocket. You should demand it.
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IF OP ends up not paying out-of-pocket, it will be because the dealer goodwills the repair. It is 100% impact related, albeit the impact happened against water. If OP approaches the dealer with a sense of entitlement on this matter, he/she may as well not show up at all. Heck, the description of the accident is a total admission of fault. The destructive force of water is well known (i.e. tsunami against the coast of Japan). Personally, I would just buy the part, any missing/broken fasteners, and install it myself. I hate stealerships more than most, buy right is right. Nobody but the owner or his insurance should be expected to pay for physical damage to the vehicle.
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Well, the (parallel) front right fender liner should've given up too...if that was the case (of the water's..).
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