2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring: There's a Screw Loose Somewhere
April 08, 2009
I'm driving home. Traffic isn't as bad as it could be at 4:30 pm in LA, and I find myself going 65 mph for a change.
Then I hear it: a persistent tapping coming from somewhere under the car, as if someone from Western Union were sending out an urgent message on a telegraph in Morse Code.
And it continues as long as my speed stays above 60 mph. Nothing to do but turn up the stereo some more until I can get home and crawl underneath to try my hand at some DIY.
The bolts holding the plastic shield in place are loose in three of four corners and a plastic button is missing from the forward edge, allowing aero turbulence to whap it against the car.
I went to my local auto parts store for a new one. Nylon Rivets, they call them. They don't have metric, but the 5/16" ones they had fit fine.
$2.49 for a two-pack and she's all fixed. And I still have one more nylon rivet left if anyone needs one.
No more noise, no more loose screws. My minimum labor charge one hour, and I get $100 per. With parts, tax and the toxic waste disposal fee, the total comes to $118.63.
To whom do I send the bill?
Oh yes, I remember now.
On second thought, maybe I'll keep the second nylon rivet handy.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 8,415 miles