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Old 21 Apr 2012, 01:33 pm
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Unhappy Plastic Plug(s) for front Fender called?

Hello Everyone-

I have a 2006 PT Cruiser and the plastic piece in front was hanging off. With my online research,I found out it's called a "Front Plastic Valance." I got it off my car ok but my question is this, How do I put it back on my car? Iand what are thoset plastic plug(s) looking things called and where I can find them?
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Old 21 Apr 2012, 04:02 pm
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Default Re: Plastic Plug(s) for front Fender called?

Different places call it different names. The vendors all call it the lower valance, but the OEM Parts Catalog calls it the air dam. Now what I did, because there are so many sizes and styles to them, is took mine over to Advance Auto to compare it to what they had on the shelf and found some that fit perfectly. The one used on the PT has a small pin in the center that, when pushed in all the way, expands the back side keeping the valance from falling off. They are pretty easy to knock off. I actually carry spare clips and panel plugs in my car just in case, as with having it lowered like it is, I'm knocking that loose every once in a while.

Now you can also search by the manufacturer, Dorman. They make literally thousands of styles and sizes. If you search for "body panel retainer clips" you'll see what I mean by the wide selection. This image is from Advance Auto, I don't know that it's the specific one you're looking for, it's just an example of what I found, click on the image and it'll take you to their page:

Here is the page from the OEM Parts Catalog showing all the parts. I think you're talking about the air dam which is item 6, and the clips that hold it in place are item 15. I would suggest taking one of the clips with you to an auto parts store and see if they can match it. I paid $4 for a bag of them, verses $16 at the dealership.

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