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Old 02-24-2015, 01:24 PM
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Recently I got stuck in the snow and someone tried to pull me out but when they did they tore off somethjng that went right under my radiator it was plastic and it's been hanging down for a while.. Does anyone know what this was and if I need it?
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Old 02-24-2015, 01:29 PM
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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No offence Op but your predicament reminds me of this video for some reason but would get local shade tree or independent mechanic to look at it or maybe you could provide picture or give us a better description so we can give you better advice.
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Old 02-24-2015, 01:58 PM
Location: San 'Tone
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On the 02 Alero, there is a lower radiator mounting panel that attaches to the front of the engine cradle and the radiator attaches into it. This panel extends straight down to the ground a few inches and is directly below the radiator. Drawing conclusions from your description (picture would be helpful) and assuming the tow strap was attached to the crossmember (this is really the only strong and accessible part under there) it probably broke the "dam" portion of the lower radiator mount. This "dam" is designed to create higher air pressure ahead of the condenser/radiator while driving and direct airflow through the condenser/radiator.
You *may* have an issue in summer driving with the a/c on such as a/c cooling not as effective as it used to be, or engine operating temp up a few degrees. Since you're talking snow, I imagine you are in a climate that doesn't see brutally hot summers and could be you have no ill effect at all from the damage.
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