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Old 09-26-2009, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone else experience this? I'll show some photos.

I was driving at 25-30mph and hit a puddle. The puddle was small but knocked out a pin holding this plastic piece in place and had enough force to cause it to break off. It's used to protect the washer fluid container from being punctured - located at the mid-front passenger side door.

Mazda regional service tech said it has been a problem with a number of other drivers driving through puddles, etc. Dealer reconnected it with a larger washer and the same crappy plastic pins.

I've noticed at highway speeds I can hear some rattling coming from the undercarriage and its definitely from this piece of the car moving around from the airflow underneath.
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--update--
Dealership replaced the part under warranty.
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hm... i think my windshield washer fluid container is located inteh front right by the foglights
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QUOTE (TheBurgerKing @ Oct 10 2009, 02:22 AM)
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hm... i think my windshield washer fluid container is located inteh front right by the foglights[/b]
The girl at the service desk said washer fluid, but i'm not 100% sure. The fluid inside looks blue-ish.
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I recently had my passenger-side splashguard/skid plate ripped loose/bumper under-spoiler scuffed . . .

Mine was slamming the breaks on at 80mph, turning a hard left from the right-hand lane into a "no-u-turn" cop trap area and drifted onto the green in the process . . .

Probably not a warranty covered item in my case . . . wife's still not talking to me about that . . .



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Looks like the oilpan protector based on the hole that the filter wrench would go through. I do think some of these panels rattle or flap causing noise. I have tightened some of the hand nuts to reduce this somewhat.
Good to hear they replaced it under warranty.
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same shit happened to me i hit a puddle the thing ripped off n i had a cai luckly no hydrolock but it did stall i took it off n let it dry its fine now. i just took tht panel off any harm in doin so
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same thing just happened, both sides of undercarriage plastic, small puddle. nothing else to strap plastic to
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I think the only harm with taking the panel off is increased drag. I.e. compromised aerodynamics. Also maybe less protection from road debris.


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