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Old 03-22-2018, 08:36 PM   #1
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Hit a dip on highway pretty hard, what kind of damage could i have?

I hit a pretty big dip today on I95 N heading to Orlando. It felt like the whole car airborne few inches off the ground and then slammed down as im going 80mph. It was not pleasant at all and im worried if i might of damaged any suspension or drive train with this incident. I didnt pull over after i hit the dip nor i felt or hear anything irregular. Did i dodge a bullet? or there could be hidden damage? Is our car design to take impact like this?
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Not likely you did any serious damage past scraped undercarriage. It wouldn’t hurt to get it up on a rack to have a look, but I’d be surprised to find anything other than scrapes or maybe a plastic under-shield with a crack or popped fasteners.

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Agreed ^^.

You will never know until you get up under it and have a look.
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Were there any really loud noises when it came back to the ground? Something like metal on pavement scraping? You’d know it if it came into contact with the pavement as the noise would have been VERY LOUD!
If you did hear something like that, I’d get the car up in the air on a hoist and look to see what hit the ground and make sure everything is still fastened tightly. While it was up there, I would also check all of the bump stops in the suspension on all four corners. They usually are a hard rubber circle and are designed to keep the suspension from damaging itself in situations such as yours. Also check all shock mountings, top and bottom and make sure nothing is bent or broken. You should then be good to go.
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Thanks for the replies

Car still drives fine afterward, there were no impact sound when the car landed. But it was so rough when i hit the dip and caused the wheels to go off the road and landing going 80mph it felt for sure i broke something.

I attached a pic below similar to the dip i hit but the dip i hit is much deeper(about 8-12inches), man it was almost like a speed dip (opposite of a speed bump).

Im doing oil change tmrw, i can crawl under and double check everything.

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see it it is still tracking straight and keep an eye on tire wear......some places will check your alignment for free.
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I think I hit the same dip. The only damage was to the front air deflector. Unless you have access to a lift it's not exactly easy to replace as there is a boatload of screws.
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That's why I always buy the "Steve McQueen" package on all my Mustangs.

This ensures I am ready for any surprise dips/bumps in the road that may send the vehicle air born.
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That's why I always buy the "Steve McQueen" package on all my Mustangs.

This ensures I am ready for any surprise dips/bumps in the road that may send the vehicle air born.
Amazing the amount of sparks that were under that poor Mustang when it landed....that’s probably one of the ways they authenticated the old barn-find Bullitt was the amount of undercarriage damage......
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