: New Lesson Learned-Avoid Parking space cement curbs at all costs ($389)



StuJac
04-01-13, 11:13 AM
So, I learn these lessons yearly and fairly expensively. The last lesson learned was to watch the placement of my foot when trying to prevent the door from shutting on my leg; do not put your foot anywhere near the speaker cover as it will break and cost a bunch.

New lesson - never, never run over those parking curbs when you are pulling into your space. Oh, it might be ok once or twice but at some point the entire $292.84 piece of plastic that makes up the "deflector" which is basically the cover over the bottom of the engine. It's a friggin piece of extruded plastic (raw cost must be, oh, $3.50 or so); they get $292.84 for the plastic, $20 for the 10 retainer pieces and $55 for the labor. $389 or so. I guess I need these constant reminders that I'm driving my last Caddy.

Submariner409
04-01-13, 11:49 AM
Lower air deflectors are $25 at a junkyard and the plastic pop rivets are $8.25 a box of 25 at a Fastenal store.

StuJac
04-01-13, 11:52 AM
Not the lower air deflector; they wanted to replace that too but I said no.

Superjim
04-01-13, 12:17 PM
Almost 128,000 on mine and it is still in good shape... at least so far... :)

Texas Jim

StuJac
04-01-13, 12:19 PM
Yeah, congrats. Mine is now in perfect condition albeit with 76,000 less miles.

StuJac
04-01-13, 02:33 PM
Actually, after getting under the car again I"m thinking Submariner had the right part. I can see it being $25 at a junk yard. I can also see it being in pretty bad shape at the junkyard and I don't have the capability to get it up in the air to do the diy repair but I must admit I now wish I had given it a thought. (When I went in this morning to the dealer I was hoping it might be covered under Major Guard, turns out it's not covered under any warranty, factory or otherwise).

CadillacVogue
04-01-13, 06:06 PM
Wow, I think Id rather drive without it than spend 400 bucks on a piece of plastic.

phigment
04-03-13, 09:23 AM
Im trying to find the lower air deflector on car-part.com. I cant seem to find the right category. Mine fell down while going 70mph. It wasn't a good experience. Needless to say it wasn't reusable. P/N 15808709. My OCD would like to have it back under my car but not at dealer prices.

StuJac
04-03-13, 09:41 AM
Mine didn't fall completely; only the front part so I was able to wire it back to the point that it could be driven at speed (or more) without noise. If your's dropped completely it can probably still be wired back up (not easily) and together with some duct tape you might be able to get by. In my case, I'd rather pay the money and keep the car as pristine as possible.

Superjim
04-03-13, 10:10 AM
Im trying to find the lower air deflector on car-part.com. I cant seem to find the right category. Mine fell down while going 70mph. It wasn't a good experience. Needless to say it wasn't reusable. P/N 15808709. My OCD would like to have it back under my car but not at dealer prices.

http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/results.cfm?partnumber=15808709

http://parts.nalleygmc.com/products/DEFLECTOR-Radiator-Air/2787483/15808709.html

http://parts.nalleygmc.com/products/DEFLECTOR-Radiator-Air/2787483/15808709.html

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CADILLAC-GM-OEM-15808709-Front-Bumper-Air-Deflector-/160990577769

StuJac
04-03-13, 10:22 AM
The part is definitely not the ebay example and I'm not sure about the others. There are two pieces; one is a simple strip of rubber and the other is rather big; it is molded to cover the oil pan and is as wide as the car body (give or take a few inches) and is about 3 feet deep.

big greg
04-03-13, 10:21 PM
Yup that's the 130$ part. The strip of rubber is like 35$ or so