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Right, you can all have a good laugh at me on this one, i just got a puncture in the rear nearside tyre and had to change the wheel in the dark..... i got all the kit out and jacked up on the jacking point....... except it wasn't the jacking point, just some plastic cap on the bottom of the sill which was the same size as the jacking head.... so you can guess what happened next, the car lifting initially then the head of the jack ripped straight through the sill.... i think i deserve a :loser: at this point

so anyway, whats done is done, i've bent it back in as best i can and covered it in gaffer tape to keep the water and crap out of it.

next step is getting it fixed. now that sill is a mighty large piece of metal/plastic all together - running from front to back bumper and right up over the top of the doors etc, all one piece it looks like.

anyone like to guess how much i might be looking at to replace it, or if its possible to patch the damaged piece without replacing the whole thing.

suddenly the new tyre doesn't seem so expensive.
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thatll need welding. it wont be cheap. probably be cheaper for you to go buy a mig welder and some steel and learn to weld yourself.
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It depends on what sort of finish you want on the job.I would think a weld repair to the area and quick bit of paint over it would be no more than 50,if you want an invisable repair then your probably talking four or five times that.Any chance of a decent pic of the damage?.

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probably be cheaper for you to go buy a mig welder and some steel and learn to weld yourself.
Without wishing to sound or be offencive, I'd forget that plan, unless you can weld already.

You'll probably spend ages and still not be entirely satisfied.

Just my 2p worth as an Ex ASME IX welding tester & trainer.
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Re: Scenic - Jacking disaster

Originally Posted by Lagdti View Post
Any chance of a decent pic of the damage?.
I second that request.

I have a similar-type of repair this coming weekend on a '59 plate VW Golf which fell off the jack (which was mounted onto the edge of the sill - rather than anchored onto the correct point).

My repair sounds less catastrophic than yours (remove wheel & wheelarch liner, and bend it back into shape - followed by a lick of paint), but a picture tells its own tale.


This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.

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