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Sorry, I don't know what it's called. The gray plastic piece under the front bumper that hangs really low to the ground. I heard there was another version of that I could replace it with that was higher up off the ground. I called my local Chevy dealer and they only have one item in their system, the regular one.

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It's called an air dam, and for the first generation Volt there are two versions of it, the second one being about an inch shorter than the first (thus giving an extra inch of clearance.)

Mine scraped every day for years, but really didn't seem much worse for wear - it's more rubber than plastic (but actually a mix of the two I believe.)
 

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The one that your dealer has should be the new shorter one. It replaced the larger one, which is no longer stocked. Another option is to go without one.
 

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Will it cost anything to have it replaced or removed? There was a thread on here a while back which I can't find that mentioned the shorter air dam and that the dealer would replace it for free. Is that true?

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Another options is to do what one member did and measure a couple inches down and make the long one into a short one with a pair of heavy duty scissors or tin snips.
 

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Anyone know how much it would cost to have mine replaced with the shorter one? I saw a thread on here a good while back where someone mentioned that they would replace it for free. Is that true?

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Anyone know how much it would cost to have mine replaced with the shorter one? I saw a thread on here a good while back where someone mentioned that they would replace it for free. Is that true?

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They will not do that anymore. If you bought it new and it was under bumper to bumper they did some as a customer satisfaction thing.

It is not hard to do. I think the part is about $70 US.
 

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I would just save your money and live with the occasional scraping noise. But then again, I'm the ultimate cheapskate - the only person worse than me is my dad.
 

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I would just save your money and live with the occasional scraping noise. But then again, I'm the ultimate cheapskate - the only person worse than me is my dad.
I resemble that remark:p;)
 

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The dealer replaced mine before the car was out of bumper to bumper, it was really getting raggedy. Even now, the new deflector scrapes.
 

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My chevrolet dealer will not remove the liwer air dam without a replacement , as it also helps keep the traction battery cool
 

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I just replaced mine with the shorter version yesterday, was pretty easy except when one of the clips that the screws thread into popped off and landed inside the plastic under the engine - took 10 minutes to find and fish out.

@coachdubya - not sure what you are talking about as the shorter model I bought (from here) has no tabs.
 

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I had the front bumper cover off a few weeks ago to replace the RH turn signal assembly and there's no tabs like the original air dam.
 

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Just be careful you don't do this:

 

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IMO the replacement is a POS as the tabs continue to come unlocked. It's a terrible fix.
That's the POS on mine.....I'm thinking of gluing it together :)
 

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That's the POS on mine.....I'm thinking of gluing it together :)
I just poke the tabs back in when I see they're out and not worry too much about it. Lots of people seem unnerved by the noise, I now come to expect it, drive on less steep inclines if I can and have come to the conclusion that the noise is far worse than any damage it's getting from the scraping. I suspect if you glue it to make it permanent, you'll probably tear the tabs right off.

The one thing I can't seem to do is get my wife out of the habit of driving forward towards a concrete parking barrier or sidewalk without having the wheels touch. She was taught to do that at a young age, and I cannot convince her to part 2-3 feet away from the barrier because the car is so short, there's no way the rear end will stick out. I think it has more damage from her wedging the lower spoiler against concrete and scraping the heck out of it, yet it's still attached, and still works as designed.
 

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I just poke the tabs back in when I see they're out and not worry too much about it. Lots of people seem unnerved by the noise, I now come to expect it, drive on less steep inclines if I can and have come to the conclusion that the noise is far worse than any damage it's getting from the scraping. I suspect if you glue it to make it permanent, you'll probably tear the tabs right off.

The one thing I can't seem to do is get my wife out of the habit of driving forward towards a concrete parking barrier or sidewalk without having the wheels touch. She was taught to do that at a young age, and I cannot convince her to part 2-3 feet away from the barrier because the car is so short, there's no way the rear end will stick out. I think it has more damage from her wedging the lower spoiler against concrete and scraping the heck out of it, yet it's still attached, and still works as designed.
Hey, thanks for that !
Guess I'll just keep tucking it in too :)
 
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