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I Give Up! Now it's the Undertray

I love my Vel Satis a lot but I'm getting a bit sick of 'all things Renault' in general, as it seems that one problem leads quickly onto another, and not through the fault of the car particularly.

On top of the strange sound and very subtle gurgling coming from behind the steering wheel/pedals, and the air con seemingly not working, I've now got an even grander worry to think about, at a time when other areas of my life are stressing me out too. Oh joy!

Basically, when my RTE friend inspected my car yesterday, he confirmed my hunch that the underside of my car somehow looked different to my dad's Vel Satis, and different to how I vaguely recalled it looked before.

The smaller undertray at the very front is still there, but the big, main undertray is no longer there, so I can see the sump, etc.

Maybe this tallies with the strange burgling noises/slight vibrations I've had recently?

Anyway, I can't be certain (as I hardly look under my car) but the disappearance of the main undertray could well tie in with the fact that when the car was serviced 5 weeks ago, the main Renault dealer had problems getting the oil sump bolt out, so they snapped it and had to get a heli-coil expert to sort out the thread etc.

So how do I prove it was them who didn't put the undertray back on, and if they do admit that they didn't bother putting the undertray back on after having heli-coiled the sump thread, then what, do I ask them to put a new undertray on and if they refuse to do it FOC, do I kick off?

I've got to make a 1-hour motorway journey at the weekend, which I can't avoid, but I'm nervous about doing so without the main undertray...!

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Re: I Give Up! Now it's the Undertray

If you look around the back of many garages you'll find loads of engine undertrays.
It possible the undertray or its bolts have given trouble but they should have informed you of the problem.
I would not recommend driving without one - I have seen engines totally destroyed because debris can get sucked into the engine bay causing damage to the timing belt, etc.

Sadly many mechanics think they are not needed - fools they be.
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Re: I Give Up! Now it's the Undertray

Ha, you beat me to it i.e. you've already seen and replied re the undertray

Umm, so do I cancel my plans for this weekend because a 1-hour drive without an undertray is too risky? I've driven 600 miles since the MoT and service when they almost certainly didn't put the tray back on...

And do I kick off at the dealer, via fax/letter first and get them to admit they didn't put the undertray back?

They did tell me they had problems with the sump bolt, so they had to heli- coil the thread, but they did not tell me they didn't put the undertray back on. It's not on, is it?! Grrh - more hassle and maybe more money for me!

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