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I have a 2007 Nissan Sentra. The other day I was driving on the interstate and noticed a loud-ish vibration/noise coming from the front of the car. When I got home I found that the plastic piece that runs under the front bumper and radiator was partially disconnected from the car's body and was broken and cracked. My questions are 1) what is this part called and 2)is it an easy part to repair/replace for a do-it-yourselfer?

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It sounds like your dust/splash shield.

I'm sure there are 15 other names for it also.

It is a plastic piece that covers up the bottom opening of the engine bay.

Typically they are just attached by 5-10 screws or fasteners.

The purpose is to keep dirt and liquids coming up into the engine bay.

Although not crucial, your car will continue to operate without it, you will have more dirt accumulate in the engine bay which can cause issues over time.

http://www.courtesyparts.com is a great place to find Nissan OEM replacement parts. They are typically less expensive then other dealerships because they do so much parts volume they give very good prices. The shipping will sometimes negate the savings depending on the price at your local dealer though.

I'm having trouble locating the shield on the diagrams for the 2007 Sentra, sometimes the parts are in a strange spot or not visible.

So I'd suggest you call Courtesy or your local dealer's parts department and they will be able to give you the price of the correct part based on your VIN.

Another option is to go to a local junk yard and grab one off of a wrecked Sentra. It will be cheaper than a new one and pretty easy to clean up before putting on your vehicle.

http://www.picknpull.com is a good one if they are in your area as they have a search tool online to see if there are any appropriate year vehicles on the yard and when they arrived (the more recent the better chance it has your part).

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Wow, thanks for the answer and links - I will check them out! –  Timothy Michael Sep 14 '11 at 12:59

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