Bent piece of steel underneath car...what is it?
Hey, recently I went kinda off the road and hit a tree stump (I swear I didnt see it) which didn't really mess anything major up, but it did bend this piece of steel underneath my car.
It's about 6"-1 foot in front (towards the engine) of the rear diff. and it's underneath my driveshaft/exhaust pipes.
I thought it was just added protection for the driveshaft or something, so I didn't really care. But one day I was jacking up my car, and I wanted to see if I could "Bend it straight" buy jacking up the car by it, and it didn't buckle at all, so I'm thinking it may be structural. I got it about 2 feet in the air and it was fine. Then I tried unbolting the two bolts that hold it on (like 8mm) and I couldn't do it. However I don't have a 3/8s-1/4" extension, and was trying to twist it off like a screwdriver.
I've noticed that one of my exhaust pipes rests on it, and when I shut the car off I hear a VERY loud popping noise for about 5-10 minutes after i turn off the car, and it seems to be coming from that exact spot.
Also, when I let off the gas, I can feel like "banging"/"clunking" coming from almost the same spot. I was told that may be attributed to a diff. mount, which would make sense since the stump may have hit the pumpkin as well.
I can get pics if necessary.