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So I was clearing the glovebox of all the crap that the dealer and I put in there in the last 4 days. I noticed a plastic bag with a couple of rubber plugs and a very poor diagram that looks like a part of the frame. I also found a checklist with the install of these plugs listed as necessary before delivery. Where do they go, and will there have been any damage from not having them in for a couple days. It's been dry so imagine not.
 

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that's weird and, from the sounds of it, unprofessional. what are the plugs for?
 

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The plugs are for people who live where they salt the roads so that the salts do not get into you frame to begin to rust it out. They take them out so that they can ship your car to wherever but it is to protect your frame from salts and corrosion.
 

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When I asked about it also, the dealership explained they were necessary for shipment only, and something to do with laws in Japan....?

Not a good answer at all, but I can't imagine they're too important if the dealership doesn't know why they're there...
 

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Originally posted by goldenchild@Dec 22 2004, 07:04 AM
The plugs are for people who live where they salt the roads so that the salts do not get into you frame to begin to rust it out. They take them out so that they can ship your car to wherever but it is to protect your frame from salts and corrosion.
Wait a minute. The cars come from Japan on a boat crossing the Pacific Ocean. Are you saying they don't care about the salt air during the car's journey, but they do care about the car suffering the Midwest cancer? I smell a fish...
 

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Hey that is what I was told and all I know is that my honda had them in it so ya..just speaking from what I have seen and heard never said anything about beliving it.
 

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The rubber plugs come in a plastic bag. The bag has schematic pictures of where the plugs go. The Scion dealer checklist mentions installation of these plugs.

Mine were not installed by the dealer - but I did it myself, though still have no idea what are they for...
 

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Originally posted by spydirweb@Dec 22 2004, 08:10 AM
that actually makes sense...I mean, the salt AIR isn't going to do nearly as much to the inside of your frame as actual salt getting into the frame from a salted road...
You ever see cars on the Florida coast? I'd hate to own a nice car there. They all seem to suffer severe corrosion, and we know it never snows there.
 

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Originally posted by lo bux racer@Dec 22 2004, 12:35 PM
You ever see cars on the Florida coast? I'd hate to own a nice car there. They all seem to suffer severe corrosion, and we know it never snows there.
I believe that is due to sand, not salty air.
 

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Originally posted by lo bux racer@Dec 22 2004, 07:32 AM
Wait a minute. The cars come from Japan on a boat crossing the Pacific Ocean. Are you saying they don't care about the salt air during the car's journey, but they do care about the car suffering the Midwest cancer? I smell a fish...
i thought that they were shipped in crates, or placed indoors on the boat, not just sitting on the boat's deck or something where they are exposed to the air and water.
 

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1. the boats are shipped inside of the boat, not just sitting out exposed...that would be SUCH a horrible idea in a million and one ways.
2. it's true salt air does quite a number on a car, but that's almost always the paint. I live in NC and take trips to the beach every so often and of course all the paint on every car is horrific, at best.

The point to the rubber stoppers is to plug a couple of holes in the FRAME of the car. Salty air would do barely anything to your frame. BUT, if salt is thrown up from the tires into these holes in areas where the roads are salted periodically for snow, the salt would just sit there for ever, slowly eating away the frame. It's the difference of salt DIRECTLY on the frame, and salty air flowing threw it...
 

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So where exactly in the frame do they go? I havent gotten under there, but I wanna have some idea for when I go to put them in. I'm on the west coast of florida, no snow or anything like that, so I bet I'll be alright.
 

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Originally posted by Azrael@Dec 22 2004, 04:10 PM
So where exactly in the frame do they go? I havent gotten under there, but I wanna have some idea for when I go to put them in. I'm on the west coast of florida, no snow or anything like that, so I bet I'll be alright.
Are the plugs still in the plastic bag? The bag has pictures as to where the plugs go.
 

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I had the little plastic bag with the plugs in my glove box. I think it had a message about a dealer install. So when I took my car in for the add on instalations, I told them about the plugs. They said they would handle it. When I picked up my car, they were no longer in the glove box, so I assume they were installed. When the weather gets better I'll crawl under the car and check.
 

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Originally posted by zoltiz@Dec 22 2004, 05:31 PM
Are the plugs still in the plastic bag? The bag has pictures as to where the plugs go.
The picture on the bag is a horrible representation of a car. I couldn't tell anything from that other than that they go in the frame.
 

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As far as I remember, the holes are closer to the rear wheel. Look under your car - you can't miss a 2" oval hole...
 
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