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I appear to have ripped the engine under tray off the wife's Alfa.

Bad times indeed, must've hit a pot hole or a cat or something.

Anyway, it looks like quite a lot of hassle to put back on and a new one is £50 odd quid. Being an Alfa it's pretty low so I'll need a ramp in order to get underneath.

Then I had a thought.

Do I actually need an under tray at all? I know a lot of cars don't have them as standard and my thoughts are to just leave the ****** off, then get a new one put on when it goes in for it's next service. I know the poverty spec version of this model doesn't have one.

Otherwise it's gonna be a cable tie job.


It's one of these:



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Leave it off, new things these, can't spot leaks with them and can't see in the engine properly. It's just another way to make it harder to do your own servicing.
If the tray/sump guard managed to dig in then it's not being there is only going to improve clearance.

I have helped my brother stick a sump guard on his clubman rally car (old pug) but then it needed one.
If it's still under warranty, blame Alfa for it falling off, see if you can blag a freebie. It's not if it's implausible for something to break on an Alfa is it?
You won't get any short term damage with it missing, although fuel consumption may well rise due to drag.

Long term you will get, more crud/water/salt in the engine compartment and the complications these will bring with corrosion and wear.
Are you still talking about the car or the wife?
Wife in the boot then to the crusher. Pick up an autotrader on the way from the scrappy, find a proper car and book yourself in for a regular slot at the local massage palour, cheaper and win win all round

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