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Side Panel Damaged during battery replacement

Hi all,
Have any of you had your side panel damaged by a chevy dealer auto shop replacing your battery and goofing up prying off the side panel?
I have a chunk ripped out of the seam on the side panel, the door 1/4 inch away is not touched at all, so it doesn't seem to be a rock impact. The fracture is from back to front, the chip came out in the direction of the door yet the door is untouched. The dealer guy who did the initial walk around before the battery replacement reported no damage and about an hour or so into the service someone comes running out and says hey did you know you had a chunk out of the bottom of your panel?
The dealer is Jerry's Chevrolet of Baltimore.
Ever have this happen when your side panel was taken off?

Thanks for your help,
Scott
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The front fenders are not metal. They are highly susceptible to cracking. Generally the cracking begins at the attachment point on the bottom due to vibration or from coming into contact with the jack when lifting.

The fenders are also repairable by a good shop.

Generally its a good idea to take pictures before the car goes into the shop. Then carefully inspect it when you pick it up to verify no damage was done.
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Post a few pictures of what it looks like, we can give you a better idea if we have seen the same damage before.

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Short answer is no, there should be no panel damage from having a battery changed.
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Short answer is no, there should be no panel damage from having a battery changed.
That. Exactly.

Soooo very, very tired of grossly incompetent dealer service centers breaking our cars.

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That. Exactly.

Soooo very, very tired of grossly incompetent dealer service centers breaking our cars.
Which is one big reason a dealer NEVER touches my car!

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Short answer is no, there should be no panel damage from having a battery changed.
Agreed... unless in their small minds, they feel a need to remove the right front tire to access the screws in the wheel well in which case they mighjt raise that corner. Or they tried pulling it out without removing the whole panel. I'm just saying...
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I noticed that panel sticking out a little more than even with the hood at the inner fender. on close inspection I found an aftermarket battery and the top 2 or 3 screw holes torn out from the inner fender...

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That sucks rstouttx. Did you take it back to whoever installed the battery?


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That sucks rstouttx. Did you take it back to whoever installed the battery?
that's the way it was when I bought it... but If I take the fender off, I have a plastic welder I can fix it with.

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Very nice! However, the fenders feel like fiberglass, not plastic.


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We have been repairing them using 3M flexible bumper cover repair goop. Works great.
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Very nice! However, the fenders feel like fiberglass, not plastic.
The outer fender looks ok, it's the plastic inner fender that has the holes torn out, I may need to reinforce the edge with some steel strap..

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The outer fender looks ok, it's the plastic inner fender that has the holes torn out, I may need to reinforce the edge with some steel strap..
OOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...

To help ease confusion in the future, the "outer fender" we usually refer to as the "front fender" even though it is not a very big piece.

The "inner fender" you're talking about is what we usually refer to as the wheel well liner or just wheel liner.

Both are prone to cracking sadly. LOL I think the OP was talking about the fiberglass fender.

The plastic screw holes in those liners crack easily and they are an often replaced part. My driver's side currently needs to be replaced because a couple of those holes got torn.


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OOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...

To help ease confusion in the future, the "outer fender" we usually refer to as the "front fender" even though it is not a very big piece.

The "inner fender" you're talking about is what we usually refer to as the wheel well liner or just wheel liner.

Both are prone to cracking sadly. LOL I think the OP was talking about the fiberglass fender.

The plastic screw holes in those liners crack easily and they are an often replaced part. My driver's side currently needs to be replaced because a couple of those holes got torn.
Ok, thanks for the clarification. Seems like they would be easy to repair / reinforce. maybe something as simple as that reinforced plastic banding strap?

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