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Front Bumper Cover / Air Dam - Repair or Replace?

 
Old 01-12-2014, 02:59 PM
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Hey everyone,

Now that my timing issue has been resolved, this is the final outstanding item keeping my car from looking its best. I have two questions.

First, shouldn't there be some sort of a black air damn or strip between the front bumper cover and the belly pan, or am I mistaken?

Second, could a tear like what is pictured above (hooked it on rebar on a concrete parking block) be repaired, or should the cover be replaced? I ask this because when it flexed, it popped out the little grill cover on the passenger side. I picked up a replacement OEM grill piece, but need the bumper dealt with before sticking in back in there.

I just had her detailed, and she looks amazing, with the exception of the issue depicted above.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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The day after she came back from her timing belt ordeal, I had a full detail done. I think she looks really nice for a 10+ year old car. Only the front bumper left to deal with.
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There are body shops that can repair that. You can also call around junk yards to get a quote for a used bumper cover. Try Shokan. However, a used cover may still need to be painted and likely has some scratches.

Best to get a quote from a very good (but possibly expensive) body shop.
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There are body shops that can repair that. You can also call around junk yards to get a quote for a used bumper cover. Try Shokan. However, a used cover may still need to be painted and likely has some scratches.

Best to get a quote from a very good (but possibly expensive) body shop.
Thanks for the input. Is it missing a piece between the bottom of the bumper and the belly pan? I could have sworn that there was a black strip, almost like a small air dam.
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Repair it. Remove it your own self and take it to a body shop and have them repair and repaint it.
That's what they'll do anyway and you need the experience of removing the bumper!
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Thanks for the input. Is it missing a piece between the bottom of the bumper and the belly pan? I could have sworn that there was a black strip, almost like a small air dam.
Nope, doesn't look like it's missing anything.
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2nd.
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