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Old 12-01-2014, 12:47 PM
 
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I got a toyota yaris 2009 and seems like Fender Inner Liner is torn apart for some reason

And sometimes when I turn the wheels I hear a rubbing noise

What happens if I do not replace it?
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Old 12-01-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: San 'Tone
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It's there to keep water from splashing into your engine compartment when you drive in the rain or go through puddles. It's most critical on the side where the engine accessory drive belt (serpentine belt) is located as going through a puddle or water splashing with any force can and will derail that belt and likely damage it as well.
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Old 12-02-2014, 02:33 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Yep, it keeps the engine compartment clean, and prevents the buildup of debris on the inside of the fender, which could lead to premature rust. In many cars, it also prevents splashing on various wiring and other electrical stuff, which can eventually cause reliability issues, especially in a salty state.

Being that I'm a Minnesotan, I'd probably replace if it was my car.
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:29 AM
 
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I had a similar problem on my 08 Yaris sedan, at first i thought a cv joint was causing a strange noise when i turned left, turned out to be a piece of the fender liner had torn and was hitting the wheel when turning, my mechanic took a few seconds and cut the piece out, it was about the size of a slice of bread. no charge and no more strange noises.
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:14 AM
 
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Everything in the wheel well will also rust into nothing.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:09 AM
 
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I would definitely replace it. Have you confirmed that it's damaged? They are usually held in by push pins and sometimes they fall out, especially if you've had some work done inthat area and it was removed. New clips can be purchased at auto parts stores.

If the fender liner is damaged, Search around for a cheap used one on Ebay.
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