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huge hole in black plastic in wheel well?

I noticed today that their was a "chunk" missing from the back wheel well of my 2012 elantra. There is a 3 inch by 3 inch chunk that looks like it was melted or blown away. Its the black plastic piece hanging at the bottom closest to the front of the car and looks like its bolted on by 2 bolts.

hyundai rotated my tires 2 weeks ago is it possible this happened when they did that? Is this part unbolted when they roted the tires? There are no other signs of any damage at all. Or is there some other explanation ?

Also, what is this part called?? I need to know so when I call and ask them about it I sound somewhat intelligent as to what happened here?

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Welcome to the forum, chances are that you hit something in the road. They shouldn't have touched that stuff while rotating tires but maybe something slipped out of their hand and they didn't notice the damage. I would probably call that part a splash guard.

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here is a picture of the damage. I don't recall hitting anything at all and I am the only driver of the vehicle. Is this "splash guard" important and would they even mention is was broken during an inspection?
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Yep. Same thing happened to mine, and others. I noticed damage to the 'spash guards' on both sides of the car after all the snow cleared.

Good news is that the parts are cheap - I paid $8 each from the dealer for them and I sprayed them with rubberized rockerguard before I put them on. I've looked at other elantras in parking lots since I had the problem with mine and noticed that it was affecting more than just my car.

Here's my thread on it with replacement part numbers
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It's not a part that gets removed when they rotate the tires. That chunk missing is because there is a small plastic arm that attaches there and screws to the bottom of the sill underneath. Take a look and see if it's still attached - it should fit your hole. The plastic used is weak and any resistance such as slush or snow would be enough to seperate the molded plastic arm from the rear of the splash guard.
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Funny because I just changed mine last weekend, very easy to change. I think those parts will break often because they are thin plastic.

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here is a picture of the damage. I don't recall hitting anything at all and I am the only driver of the vehicle. Is this "splash guard" important and would they even mention is was broken during an inspection?
All it takes is one small object and we all run over stuff at times. My old car had most of the splash guards cracked. Not sure what kind of inspection you mean, dealer inspection maybe they didn't look at this or it wasnt broke at the time. State annual inspection in Texas this item is not even checked and they check emissions in my county.

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That part is easily removed, and cheaply replaced as others have said.

Consider doing the repair yourself, and while you're in there dig out the sand that tends to accumulate inside the rocker panel. It's a potential rust trap in the long run.
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Mine are both cracked as well, noticed after I took of my snow tires. It is constructed of very thin brittle plastic. Like others have said, it doesn't take much to damage them. I am waiting a while before replacing with new ones hoping Hyundai will improve on this part.
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When I had my 2010 Santa Fe I was driving up out of Portland on Highway 26 when I heard something hit the splash shield. I pulled off on an exit ramp thinking that it was the tire blowing out but I found nothing wrong so I just drove on. A few weeks later, I had to walk up to the car (can't remember where I was exactly) and saw that a chunk just like that was missing out of the left front splash shield. Dealer said the whole thing had to be repalaced to the tune of $300 or so. Not worth it to me so I just left it that way.

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I don't think that's the case with the ones on the Elantra. It's just a poorly designed piece made from a brittle type of plastic. Just a small amount of slush splashing on the back side of it or dare I say even water hitting it from down pours while driving on the highway is enough to cause it to break.
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