I bought a 2004 Saturn Ion 2 approximately 6 months ago and it has been running smoothly. However, after I drove home today, I noticed that a piece was coming off the bottom of the front end of the car. After a little bit of further investigating I found that the piece which was coming off seems to be some plastic used for protecting the parts behind it. It was originally attached at two sides, however the screw used to hold it on one side seems to have come off. I do not know when and where this happened. Additionally, I was driving with the piece dragging around on the road before I noticed it, so as far as I can tell the piece is not in immediate danger of breaking off. I have collected the following images of the piece, it's location on the car, and the way that it is / isn't attached:
The piece coming off as seen from the front of the car looking back. Camera is no more than a couple feet from the piece.
The place where the piece was detached, as seen from the front of the car looking back and to the right. Camera is just underneath the vehicle at this point.
The part of the piece that was detached. As you can see the screw that was originally used to fasten the pieces together is completely missing, even though the hole is still intact.
Another view of the detached location, this time showing some of the parts behind the detached piece. Do not know if this is relevant but decided to include it anyway.
The side that is still attached. Shows the parts that hold the plastic piece in place.
The same part, but as seen from the back. I noticed that the screw does not reach all the way through, indicating that it is attached to something in the hollow tube to which the piece is fastened.
The attached piece again, this time viewed from underneath.
As I see it, I have a couple options now:
- I can bring the car into a repair shop and ask them what they think I should do, and have them do it.
- I can use a zip tie or some string to fasten the piece roughly into the location it was before.
- I can remove it completely and hope for the best (probably not the best choice).
My question is now, what should I do? Am I overly concerned about the importance of this piece? Is there reason to worry? Will a makeshift attachment do the trick? Any and all help is appreciated and thanks in advance.