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How important is the plastic piece that is under the front bumper - to protect the undercarriage, I imagine.

Anyway, my cracked off - can I get along without one?

Also, when the car is cold, it makes a loud noise right at the end when the car turns on - any thoughts on that? There are no issues according to the warning lights on the car.
 

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The lound noise you speak of may be 'dry' bearings in the starter. (as it spins down)

Essentially any vehicle which is operated under HOT conditions may tend to dry out grease in the starter bearings.

There are several Utube videos regarding this. I have removed, greased and reinstalled Subaru starter in about 30 minutes.
 
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