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Headed out today to get the new inspection sticker, and decided to swing by the local free vacuums as the carpets had been getting a little dirty. In the space of 20 minutes, I first managed to curb the right front wheel (thank goodness I bought a wheel coverage package when I bought the car last year), and then managed to rip off the spoiler bellypan, pulled loose the front fascia, bent both fender liners, chewed up the bottom edge of the splitter, and probably bent a couple of brackets behind the fascia when I caught the underside on a curb block that was sloped on the front (made no noise going onto it so I didn't realize it was there). And then, after all that, I went for the inspection and although it passed no problem, the mechanic also discovered that the CV joint on the drivers side of the diff had leaked everything out, or at least, there was a pile of what looked like grease on a bracket under it (maybe diff oil, who knows). The wheel coverage will cover the rim, insurance will cover the front bodywork damage, and the warranty will cover the axle, but still,...FML.
 

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Wow you should stay home rest of the day!

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Like a Country Western song. Worse yet, Mom got run over by a pickup when released from prison...
Actually got ran over by a train.....but close enough.
And that would be from this guy:
 

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I took my Challenger out for the second time this spring and forgot about the low front splitter. Tagged the concrete wheel chock in a parking lot, fortunately not very hard. It barely roughed up the front splitter, but looking under the car I'm missing two of the bolts (the front two of the four) that hold up the black plastic belly pan. The pan that you remove to change the oil, which I did in December up on my four post lift. I may not have tightened those bolts enough, fearing stripping them, or maybe the quick flex of the splitter assembly popped them out? Or a combination of both? Anyway, I printed a "Splitter Reminder" page and will hang it over the dang steering wheel every time I put the car away. All last year I remembered not to face in to parking spots with curbs!
 

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I took my Challenger out for the second time this spring and forgot about the low front splitter. Tagged the concrete wheel chock in a parking lot, fortunately not very hard. It barely roughed up the front splitter, but looking under the car I'm missing two of the bolts (the front two of the four) that hold up the black plastic belly pan.
I'll bet you aren't missing them. You probably forced the belly pan up over them when you hit the concrete wheel chock. I'm thinking the bolts are still there, but under the belly pan now.
 

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I took my Challenger out for the second time this spring and forgot about the low front splitter. Tagged the concrete wheel chock in a parking lot, fortunately not very hard. It barely roughed up the front splitter, but looking under the car I'm missing two of the bolts (the front two of the four) that hold up the black plastic belly pan. The pan that you remove to change the oil, which I did in December up on my four post lift. I may not have tightened those bolts enough, fearing stripping them, or maybe the quick flex of the splitter assembly popped them out? Or a combination of both? Anyway, I printed a "Splitter Reminder" page and will hang it over the dang steering wheel every time I put the car away. All last year I remembered not to face in to parking spots with curbs!
I’m certain you won’t do it again after this mishap. Good to hear it wasn’t worse.
 

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I'll bet you aren't missing them. You probably forced the belly pan up over them when you hit the concrete wheel chock. I'm thinking the bolts are still there, but under the belly pan now.
MEK,

I got around to checking today and while I think it's possible to do what you suggest the bolts are missing. It's possible when I hit the concrete parking lot curb it popped out already loose screws. The rear ones were so loose I could hand unscrew them. Then I saw for the first time on the belly pan "35 ft/lbs." I definitely didn't tighten them to that specification. I need a small torque wrench...
 

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That sounds like an awful lot of torque to hold a plastic pan on. Are you sure it’s not inch pounds? I’ve never torqued a belly pan on, its always with the ratchet only and I don't kill it then.
 

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That sounds like an awful lot of torque to hold a plastic pan on. Are you sure it’s not inch pounds? I’ve never torqued a belly pan on, its always with the ratchet only and I don't kill it then.
Yellow Jacket,

Good catch! I looked at the pan and you are correct. It reads 35 in. lbs. and next to that (4N-M). Thanks for not letting me put out bad gouge!
 

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So, an update. The body shop was able to reshape the fender liners to the point that they looked like they had never been damaged. The pan was replaced, and they had to replace a few fasteners and two braces, but overall minimal damage and it looks great. Cost me a couple hundred including labor, but the end result was fantastic, like new.

The sad part is that due to changing vehicle requirements, I have traded the SRT in on a Rebel truck. I'll miss it, but hopefully it'll go to someone who can continue to enjoy it.
 
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