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Need Help identifying broken part

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While moving across the states, I was towing our 2004 Prius on a flat bed and we were rear ended by a lifted pick up causing some damage to the rear left side. It seemed to be only body damage. However, after taking it off the trailer and driving it around to see if it was drivable, it drove extremely sluggish as if the brakes were being applied but the power train was acting normally. For example, when at a complete stop on a flat surface, when releasing my foot off the brake, the car barely moved. These lights showed up on the dash in the picture provided. I decided to look underneath the Prius to inspect if there was any further damage. I noticed this one little gray arm that was snapped in half that was connected to what seems to be a sensor and cannot figure out what it could be. I also discovered that after lifting the rear wheels off the floor, the right rear wheel would not spin freely. I attached some pictures of the snapped piece and am hoping someone can help me figure out what it is and if there is anything else I should check for given the explanation.
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You have gone to a LOT of trouble posting pictures in a place where you likely can NOT get any real help.

In my opinion, you should have a dealer do an insurance estimate on it......and NOT drive it in it's current condition.

Hope the jacked up pickup driver has insurance because HE should pay for your damage, even if you decide not to keep the car.

Alas a car that is almost 20 years old might not be worth much if totaled, which the insurance probably would do.

I also personally think, given the damages shown in the pictures, that you should NOT try to fix this yourself.
There may be hidden damage that you can't see that will make the car unsafe to drive without professional repair.

Good luck.
Alas a car that is almost 20 years old might not be worth much if totaled, which the insurance probably would do.
Twice now, I've had cars totalled because of sheet metal damage. Once two deer attacked the car and once when the car had a disagreement with a Jersey wall. Both times I bought the car back from the insurance company, took their check, and had the damage repaired for half of what they gave me.
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The part with the broken arm is the Ride Height Sensor($161. At Rock Auto). The rusty looking bracket looks like a tow strap location. The body work that’s bent in could be bent out with an adjustable wrench or something. And of course a Bumper. I can’t help with the underbody plastics, I have a Prius v 5, and they don’t have underbody plastics , except for under the motor compartment. I personally would NOT listen to any one saying GIVE UP, and don’t try and fix yourself. Good Luck
I think I would visit a pick a part salvage yard and find or make that broken arm instead of paying $161., unless the unit isn’t working.
I personally would NOT listen to any one saying GIVE UP, and don’t try and fix yourself. Good Luck
Not everyone has the skill or experience to do things like this themselves.
Sometimes that results in a serious personal injury.

Not knowing the person who is asking, I personally think that blindly advising "go for it" is irresponsible.


Note: When quoting a previous post on here, your reply goes AFTER the /QUOTE] flag.
Not everyone has the skill or experience to do things like this themselves.
Sometimes that results in a serious personal injury.

Not knowing the person who is asking, I personally think that blindly advising "go for it" is irresponsible.


Note: When quoting a previous post on here, your reply goes AFTER the /QUOTE] flag.
Yep, and saying to post something here is not a good idea because a person wont be able to find any REAL HELP is just ignorant and doesn’t help the sight out at all.
Yep, and saying to post something here is not a good idea because a person wont be able to find any REAL HELP is just ignorant and doesn’t help the sight out at all.
In my opinion.
Yep, and saying to post something here is not a good idea because a person wont be able to find any REAL HELP is just ignorant and doesn’t help the sight out at all.
Explain that please.

In many cases, sending texts back and forth without knowing the person involved or REALLY knowing the situation being described doesn't actually provide any "real help".

A calm and rational discussion is always good for the site.
Calling other users ignorant is never good.

You have one strike. Please try to be civil.
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