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I know some have found dirt above their Volt underbody air deflectors. This shop in Canada apparently regularly finds 20-40lbs scooped up by Tesla Model 3's due to sand on snowy roads. The mechanic thinks this scooping effect may have been the cause of bumpers falling off as well, due to the weight of the water overcoming the fastener strength. He's using a soft rubber mallet to get as much dirt out as he can before removing the rear bumper.

https://autoweek.com/article/green-cars/tesla-model-3-underbody-scooping-dirt-and-keeping-it

 

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It's 3/2019. Scott? Show us the damage caused by the holes in the G2 Volt underbody. It should be very, very obvious in Salt States by now. I will say in normal states, the holes have no negative effects.

I can tell you for a fact though, the G2 Volt suspension springs are correct and the brakes will last all day long. Not all new cars can make that claim.
 

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Here is what another part of my Volt looks like. Looks like something would certainly go in that while driving on dirty, snowy roads.

https://i.imgur.com/XU2x0WD.jpg

 

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How many pounds of debris did it collect? Looks aren't everything.

Looks like a piston on a racing engine would cock in the bore and seize. Looks aren't everything when it comes to engineering.

It looks like some cars would be cheap and quick to fix, when in fact a parking lot mishap at 5 mph can be $20,000 and take months.
 

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The mechanic says he gets 20-40lbs out of Model 3's, but you are correct, in the video he did not weigh the sand and dirt.
 

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That's wet sand and dirt, it weighs more.
 
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