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Need help: What is this? Is it a part?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by pt law, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. Jul 26, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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    pt law

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    I found this (see pics) slightly sticking out from the skid plate. I reached under and pulled it out. It was not attached to anything. I appears to be made from aluminum and is 22 inches long. Is this a part or did it just get stuck in the skid plate somehow?

    Thanks in advance. I have learned a ton from this site.

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  2. Jul 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM
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    bump. anyone?
     
  3. Jul 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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    Looks like the fins from a radiator or oil cooler.

    I would be checking the radiator :eek:
     
  4. Jul 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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    It probably a piece of trash that got stuck
     
  5. Jul 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    Ya that what it kind of looks like but I don't thinks it would be part of if truck maybe something ya picked up while driving but check the radiator to be safe .... But again I think its just trash ya picked up while driving some where
     
  6. Jul 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM
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    looks like the ltitle fins from the radiator!

    just look over your radiator, if nothing is missing your golden
     
  7. Jul 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM
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    Thanks for the help. Can someone please confirm that this is a fin from the A/C condenser? I am new to automotive work. The unit sits in front of the radiator and is completely separate. See pics below for more information. Also, do I need to worry about this or just let it go? The A/C is working fine and is cold. It is the very bottom fin and there is no other damage. The unit is firmly attached and nothing loose.

    Pictures:
    The first pic shows the very bottom of the fins of the A/C condenser and show where the last fin has broken off. The second pic shows the same but is a larger photo showing the bottom of the A/C condenser and the radiator in the background. The third pic is just a shot of the fins of what I think is the A/C condenser.

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  8. Jul 27, 2011 at 7:05 PM
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    The thing you found in the skidplate looks almost the same as a piece I found attached to the drivers side on the rear axle on my parents '94 Dakota (but not attached to anything on either end). Is it stiff or does is readily bend?
    EDIT: I just realized the object in ur pics is square. The thing I found is round
     
  9. Jul 28, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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    Anyone??? Is this part of the A/C condenser system and should I be concerned? see pics just above in my last post for pics of the fins!
     
  10. Jul 28, 2011 at 5:35 PM
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    It is probably from the A/C condenser. Probably won't cause a substantial decrease in heat dissipation.

    Or it's off of your flux capacitor. Your potentially losing 350+ hp.
     
  11. Jul 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM
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    Not sure what it is, but if your air works and your truck hasn't over heated, I wouldn't sweat it. Trash.
     
  12. Jul 28, 2011 at 6:35 PM
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    I wondered why I could not reach 88 mph and cross the space time continuum this morning. So, its not causing a problem with the A/C heat dissipation but is causing a problem with time travel.
     
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