There is a rubber strip (about an inch wide) that was attached to the
bottom of the front bumper (full width) on my 2007 Odyssey. It was
rubbed off by a tall parking lot cement curb. What is it called? What
is its purpose? It doesn't seem to me that only one tiny inch would
make all that much difference for air flow or rock deflection if that
is its purpose, but I'm sure that Honda wouldn't waste money putting
it there for no reason. I've been running without it for awhile now
with no apparent problem but still I wonder what the consequence might
be if I leave it unrepaired. Since I can't figure out what it's called
Google's not much help... ;)
Yes I'm sure it was a silly question to a mechanic, but I thought that
rubber strip must have some legitimate purpose or Honda would not have
wasted the money to put it there. It was such an ugly rubber strip
that it never occurred to me that it might be just for looks...
It's a trim strip that pretties-up the bottom of the front bumper. They
catch on things and break all the time. We lose a lot of them to snowbanks
up here in the (soon to be) frozen North.
Officially it's called a "spoiler", and costs about $20.
The part number is 71110-SHJ-A00. Chances are you'll need a few of the
plastic fasteners for it as well. These often rip out and get lost when the
trim comes off. The fasteners are about three bucks each. Your "spoiler"
takes six of them, I think.
Interesting. I think it looks just fine without it. I doubt the
average (non-mechanic) person would even notice there was anything
Wow, thanks for your extra effort in the answer. But if there is no
mechanical danger I think I will just leave it off. It would just be a
matter of time before another parking lot cement curb divider takes it
off again... ;)
I went ahead and Googled "Odyssey spoiler" (after learning the term
here) and found the installation instructions for my Odyssey's Front
Under Spoiler. Toward the bottom of the page I found my rubber strip
labeled as a "Center Rubber Splash Protector". So apparently it does
have a purpose (other than looks) as a splash protector. In that case
I will go ahead and repair it.
I think the purpose for these spoiler/valence panels is to reduce the
air turbulence under the vehicle. They direct air around the underbody
away from suspension, steering and other low "stuff". To run without
it might cost you .0005 miles per gallon. Hey, every penny counts
Some of the Pierce Arrow cars had spring action bumpers.There were coil
springs on the bumpers.
I think it was Pierce Arrow, might have been Peerless.I have a lot of
hard back books about antique cars.One of my books has a photo of those
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