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Plastic shield below engine cracked and was dragging on road

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They will do this if is gets snagged on a parking curb. Get some clips to repair at a VW dealer

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While backing out of my driveway over a pile of snow, a piece of black plastic under the car directly behind the front bumper was bent forward and is now dragging over curbs and on low surfaces. I tr

Probably yes.
You probably damaged one of the baffles or road shields that protects the bottom of the engine compartment.
You can remove it, but it should be replaced as soon as you can find one. The shields protect the belts and other components from road debris, and also helps to direct air thru the radiator.

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Yeah, you can do that or you can go to an auto supply store and get new fasterners and re-install. That piece is basically like a skid plate it is to protect the undercarriage from the rocks and other road debris from popping up and damaging engine/vehicle components.

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Thinking of purchasing a 2004 bmw 545i but it has 160,000km on it. Should that be a concern for a vehicle like this

Any car with over 100,000km should fire slight concern. Open the hood to the engine and look for any visible signs of leakage, check the belts for cracks, and make sure there are no check engine/service lights. BMWs and most luxury vehicles protect the undercarriage of their engines with plastic linings, or engine guards. With these in place, it becomes a bit more difficult to find any leaks coming down from the engine. You'll need a stubby-handled philips screwdriver to remove the blue-bolts holding in this plastic lining from under the engine because of how low the cars are to the ground. Unscrew the 6 (I believe its 6) blue screws from underneath and the plastic engine shield should drop, look at the shield and look for any leaks. If you do find some, look back at the engine to see where they are coming from. Red is generally the steering fluid, purple will be the coolant, and black is of course, oil. As for belts, looking from the top of the engine, push down on the main drive-belt, look for minimal-play as you push down and bend the belt a bit to see if you can find any cracks. The grooves on the belts should all be equal, no chips or pits or uneven grooves. Check engine/service lights can be found within the iDrive menu, return to the home screen, push into the iDrive button, and navigate to "service requirements", there you will find the status of any errors (marked with a red triangle) or "ok" signs for all else.

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There is a plastic shield dragging underneath the car. What is it and how do I get it off?

hi this plastic shield is the dirt cover for the engine, this keeps stones and other things going into the engine and also keeps allot of the road dirt out of the engine and or components, i don't think it would be wise to remove it, your best bet would be to get it screwed back up again, these normally come adrift from the front normally the section connected to the front bumper/fender if however it has sustained allot of damage then it will need replacing, you can remove it by just unscrewing it from the rear of the cover, but as i said it may be better to repair or replace rather than not have it there at all, just jack the car up on one side, enough to get under, then just locate the bolds that hold it up, they should be small self tapping bolts depending on type of cover, as you also could have the push through clips, to remove them , get a very small screw driver in the center of the clip ( which looks like a black plug ) force the center through the middle, then the larger clip should just pull out....hope this helps

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