Q: Broken shielding dragging underneath car.

asked by on

On the passenger side undercarriage, there's a pair of lines that run from the back to the front. It looks like they could be gas or brake lines; I'm not entirely sure which. It isn't really relevant anyway. The lines are completely intact and fine. My problem is that the plastic covering for these lines has become disconnected and started dragging underneath my car last night.

I have an idea to jury-rig a fix for it. Basically (and I'll try to describe this as simply as I can), there are three clips along the lines. The clips have a small rectangular bit that is attached to them with a small bolt. It looks like this piece is what the shielding used to be attached to. It's effectively just a plastic rectangle bolted onto the clip at this point, so my idea was just to rotate it 90 degrees so that it overlaps the shielding and then tighten it with longer bolts.

Is it worth trying or should I just replace the whole shielding?

My car has 50352 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The plastic cover is designed to protect the lines from "scouring" from kicked up sand, dirt, and debris and also provide some protection against rocks and larger debris. There is no need to replace it. There are a multitude of ways to re-attach it including even zip tying it to the lines themselves so long as the plastic cover is light in weight and the load is distributed across a sufficient number of spots. If you are using any kind of metal fastener, or longer fastener, just be careful not to impinge upon the pipes or put anything there that could rub a hole into the wall of the pipe and cause a leak. Your best bet could be a handful of heavy duty nylon zip ties. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Broken shielding dragging underneath car.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car shakes a lot at idle.

Diagnostic Trouble Code P0456 indicates a small leak in the EVAP system and such will not account for the rough idle. Check your gas cap as a faulty cap will frequently cause that code to set. If you replace the...

Q: New brakes

On a relatively new car such as yours, the need for "brake work" is typically determined based on a visual check of "depth of remaining pad friction material". Brake pads are still generally good so long as there is at...

Q: Alternator not charging

All the battery cables and engine ground cables need to have a voltage drop test done to determine whether one or more cables are not making a good connection, or the cable has a defective connector crimp. I recommend that...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...