How do I replace a part on my car on my own?
July 18, 2005 12:15 PM Subscribe
The other night, a part of my car fell off. How should I replace it and could I do it myself?
posted by grabbingsand to travel & transportation (11 answers total)
Caught out in a sudden torrential downpour, I drove my car through water that was much deeper than I anticipated. After successfully fording my (2000 Ford) Focus through the unexpected streetpond, I drove on to higher ground and pulled into a gas station parking lot. Steam was billowing out from under my hood and there was an awful grinding from under my car. I took a look under the car and found a piece of molded plastic
clinging to the undercarriage, just inside the right-front wheel. I retrieved it and let the car idle for a short while. Nothing was overheating and everything sounded okay, so I drove on home very carefully.
I believe this piece of plastic is meant to guard an engine belt against things popping up from the road. It looks fairly simple, just held on with a few bolts, but I suspect that this is the kind of part that costs more than it should and will mean quite a hefty bill at the dealership. If I just wanted to buy this part from a third party and stick it back on myself, where would I start shopping? I'm handy around the house (electrical / plumbing), but not too experienced with car repair, so might this be too much bother for an amateur?