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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:01 pm    Post subject:  front air dam/deflector falling off Reply with quote

i have a 2002 impala that the front air dam/deflector thats under the front bumper is falling down now, the metal part it attaches too is all rusted through it turns out, now i have done a few searches on here and on google, and i cant find the metal part the deflector attaches to anywhere, has anyone else had the same problem, and or know where to possibly get one, part numbers, etc... ill post a pic up tomorrow
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

never heard of that part rusting out and I've been around these cars for a long, long time.

You have to get under there and see if its part of the unibody (which I think it is) or the engine cradle. If its part of the unibody, no parts will be available to fix it. You will need to cut and weld in a part from a donor car. I would really check it out, if the rot is real bad, the structure may be compromised and the car unsafe.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The part it attaches too is the "radiator support". Its welded in, so you'll need a body shop or at least a welder to be able to replace it.

Its a few hundred for a new part, but you can also find a used one and cut it out and have it installed. Its not a structural part, it just holds the bottom of the radiator and condenser.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:04 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

thanks for all the replies, and yeah i got under it and checked it out, its part of the unibody, really its just a long bracket that is spot welded onto the radiator core support, so it looks like ill be spending the next day off removing the old piece and bending up and welding in a new piece, also fyi, the way the joint is to the core support, it leaves a little area for salt, water, etc... to sit and wedge in behind, so it def has to be a common thing on impala's in states that use salt in the winter like mine, oh and as for the engine cradle, the 02 imp's have the aluminum engine cradle so it can't technically rust, only surface oxidize
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