Azera's Passenger side undercarriage panel riped

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    Smile Azera's Passenger side undercarriage panel riped

    My 07 Azera's Passenger side undercarriage panel riped 1/2 way off and hit the ground making a loud noise. I was cruising around 75. My thoughts was 1st the fan belt Broke and I was about 150 miles away heading home. So thinking the worst I pulled over and poped the hood to take a look but the fan belt was still there! So I took a look under the Azera to see the panel hanging on by the 2 our of 6 bolts. So then I took my floor mate. Only b/c the payment on the highway was freshly pavemented and I had on lightly colored denim jeans on. So there I was, my ass on the ground, one lag under the Azera giving my car few karate kicks to free the car of its broken lime.

    Note only 42,000 on this bad dog!

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    RE: Azera's Passenger side undercarriage panel riped

    Quote Originally Posted by louis24
    So thinking the worst I pulled over and pooped the hood
    You pooped on the hood?! Sounds like you're the "bad dog".

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    RE: Azera's Passenger side undercarriage panel riped

    This happen to me too driving on the highway at 75-80 on a wind day, started hearing dragging sound. Stop and popped it back in place only to have it do it again five mile down the road. I took it to the dealer and they removed the panel from under the car. But would not replace because they said it broke away from something I hit!

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    RE: Azera's Passenger side undercarriage panel riped

    Welcome to the forum!

    Only panel problems I've had to date were two wheel-well plastic panels which separate the front whee-well from the engine compartment, keeping muck from flying up into the engine room. I ran over a wheel on the interstate at night, made one heck of a noise, ripped one panel off and damaged another, which made funny noises from wind catching and vibrating it.

    Took a week to get the parts in and fix it, but the only damage was those two panels, front-end didn't even need to be realigned from the impact at considerable speed, wheels showed no damage and stayed balanced, this was all more than 20k miles ago.

    As far as other panels, some have said that the mounting hardware is too flimsy, and when they've had a panel come loose, they epoxied it back, figuring that they may never need to have the panel off in future anyway...

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    RE: Azera's Passenger side undercarriage panel riped

    The panels from our Azera are still sitting in my shop; I think I've changed my mind (again) about a method of securing them. Thanks to the moderator for the suggestion, but I certainly won't be using epoxy, because I definitely don't have enough confidence that they'll never need to come off again! The car is sure noisier when driving without the panels installed! Probably sucks a bit more fuel, too, at least in sustained highway cruising mode.

    qballll... the b.s. about 'having hit something' is what I figured I'd get from either of the Hyundai dealers around here & why I didn't take it in for replacement. However, the center 2 flange nuts on each side were never installed at the factory! That just might have had something to do with the 2 front attachment points breaking out on each panel.

    I'm no engineer, but if Hyundai's engineers felt that the panels needed 6 fasteners each & the mold makers designed them for that many fasteners, I'm more than certain the assemblers should have taken the hints. They didn't, and I'll bet mine wasn't the only Azera to leave the assembly line short a few fasteners. BTW they're 7mm studs/nuts, in case you also want to take matters into your own hands.

    Originally I made up threaded wooden dowel pieces of lengths appropriate to each of the attachment 'pockets' in the plastic, but some rough testing showed that they probably would strip out, so... on to 'plan B'. Gonna try to set up some 7mm nuts that are less damaging to the plastic & will probably incorporate a rubber washer in each, just to further keep the shock loading down, too. Whatever, it will be on there with Loctite!

    Will post the results, success or failure. Best wishes to all.

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    RE: Azera's Passenger side undercarriage panel riped

    Hmmmm! Might be worthwhile for folks to get under the car and take a look, or at least get a mirror and a light and look up under the panel mounting edges and count fasteners (or places where fasteners should be)...

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    RE: Azera's Passenger side undercarriage panel riped

    Lost my panel (underbody, passenger side) while travelling 75mph on an interstate. Car had around 22,000 mi on it. I used duct tape to secure on trip home.

    My dealer said they would not replace under warrantee because it was 'damaged'
    Well, duh, what do you think would happen if you scrape the thing at 75 MPH!

    I have read that other dealers have replaced the panel under warrantee.
    What are my options here?

    (They did remove the other panel and put plastic (rectangular) conduit over the
    gas or brake lines) .

    Am I exposing the car to added rust danger without the panel?

    Thanks
    Azzyplex





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    RE: Azera's Passenger side undercarriage panel riped

    As noted above... check that the factory DID install all the fasteners. Then... get to a different dealer for warranty replacement. Obviously the duct tape is very temporary @ 75mph, and worthless as we head into warmer weather.

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    Does anyone know what this panel underneath is called? I am trying to purchase a replacement part and would like to know the name or part number to search for. Any help is much appreciated.

    BTW, my driver side panel did the whole come off at 75 thing, only thing is I am pretty sure I hit something based on having spent a week on a lot of dirt roads with rock obstacles...

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    Quickest way to find out is call your dealership. Looking on those part websites for a part number is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

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