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It seems as though Louisiana has the worst possible streets that I've traveled...lay asphault on a big swamp and in no time you will get many, many potholes :angry: . Anyways, I guess I've zoomed through too many of these potholes or however else this might happen...maybe scraping on the driveway(?), and it looks as though my car is frowning or maybe a swollen lip from fighting with the pavement :lol: . Is there any kind of simple diy fix for this? Or would I have to pull the whole front bumper off which I don't want to get into as I am no body expert. Here's a pic of my poor car...

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The part of the bumper that I'm talking about is the bottom most part of the bumber which also houses a black grille and the fog lights.

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i know what you mean i had a lump on mine and got lucky that i was able to fix it!i justed put a jack under mine and slowly jacked it up a very little until it was gone.dont know if that will help you but it might! :D

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What he's talking about is the bar that makes up the very bottom of the mumper, see how it sags in the middle?

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oh, i see. it is supposed to be curved, but there is a bit more downward pull on the right hand side there, right.

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Nope, its supposed to be totally flat and straight. There isn't enough support in there so over time the eurathane sags.

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Thats really common on the old ESs

Yep, my 92 had that "pouty" look too...for the same reasons.

I am SO careful now with driveways, potholes and the like.

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hmm i am suer tehre is a little peice of metal in there

that is why it is so easy to bend back by hand

i found it happens most to cars that are parked front end first and tehn scrape the concreate stoppers pulling the front ends up and out trying to get over them

i just pushed mine up and it stayed fine ever since

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i noticed a little unhappiness in my car the other day. his lip isnt totally frowning, but its got this weird, ill call it the elvis twist to it......and we can just bend it? a little pull and push and thats it?

why isnt there more support for it!?

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Amanda, me too, an "upside down" frown? ;)

sk, Thats why I always back into parking spaces. Way more clearance in back then in front. The front of the Lexuses are all really low.

My fiance and I met my dad for dinner about a week ago. He parked his LS right next to my ES. It was a whole row of spaces, but only the first 4 (our spaces included) had parking curbs, the rest you could drive right through straight. Well, we walked out from dinner, he got in his car we got in ours. I started it up, and put it in reverse. Before I know it, he's driven forward figuring all the spaces didnt have curbs, up over the curb, and down with a loud bam as the curb smacked the underside of the car. he had to spin the rear wheels to pop back off of it. We were laughing the rest of the way home lol.

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skPerfomance is very correct. There is a metal bar that's accessible after u remove the black bumper finish under the bumper. I removed mine and got it straightened, Car looks fine now

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Before I know it, he's driven forward figuring all the spaces didnt have curbs, up over the curb, and down with a loud bam as the curb smacked the underside of the car. he had to spin the rear wheels to pop back off of it.

Wow - any damage?

Maybe not if you guys LOL'd the rest of the way home...

When I did something similar in my 92, I swear I could feel the pain in my heart when I heard that scrape. :whistles:

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actually, i find that the lexus is higher than i had thought...mine clears the local curbs, only by a bit though..... dunno how mine got that dint in it.....

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All curbs are not created equal lol, at least around here. We have some fricking huge ones that are almost funny.

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speed humps here are the worst for my car.....they bottom out everytime you go over one....stupid camry hits hard and it sounds like the car is going to spilt....the lexus isnt so bad..but i mean....those things are death traps.....

the thing i hate is parallel parking. im ok at it....i just hit the curb sometimes.....thats why i like the new house, there aren't any curbs, just a little incline of concrete from the yard to the road...but it makes it hard not to end up with one tire in the yard :(

im not a good judge when it comes to how far (any) curb is away from me....i used to drive til i hit something....now with this car, i park as far away as i can...

oh yeh, someone hit the car today, almost took off my side view mirror..thank goodness for the pivoting base.....

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yeah, when they make that auto-parking thingmajig on a higher end car, i am going to take it. maybe the prius isn't such a bad idea either.

i wish someone would make the darn thing drive for me.

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i want the cars that have the sensors...so when u back up they beep faster and louder until it's a SCREAM (when ure right on it) but i want it front and back :) okok and side to side too :)

what can i say, im a terrible driver

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The LS has them front and back, as do Mercedes, BMW...

I personally think they're helpful for SUVs and such, but I've never had a problem in a car. They wouldnt help for curbs anyway because they're too high on the bumper.

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