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Old 04-19-2014, 09:38 PM   #1
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Smile Cowl Removal & Firewall Insulation Question

I'm a Focus Fanatics and Focus newbie! I just bought a 2005 Focus ZX4 5-speed and am going through the to-do list that came with it...

I need to remove the cowl panel grille to check the cabin filter and the seal. I have a damp driver's side floor and I've read that this area should be checked.

I have popped it from the tabs, but it's still attached to the windshield in some manner. Is it just adhesives holding it in place? Do I just try and peel it away? If I do, how do I re-attach to the windshield?

While looking around, I also noticed the firewall insulation (maybe not the correct term) just sitting loosely. I have attached a picture, hopefully you can see what I am referring to. Is there any infrastructure that is supposed to hold this in place, against the firewall? I reached back and it's damp down and inside.

Any help/tips/advise is greatly appreciated! So far, it's been a fun car!

Thanks in advance.


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Old 04-20-2014, 06:32 AM   #2
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The rubber seal is suppose to stay adhered to the windshield, but it doesn't. When I checked my filter, it lifted right off. I ran a bead of silicone to reseal it. You may have to tape it down until the silicone starts to cure. Double sided tape will work also, but the surfaces must be very clean to adhere. There should be two screws on the top to remove also. Unless previous owner installed a filter, you may not have one. Ford did not install filters at the factory. You might find an egg crate looking basket. Discard this piece because it's only a filler. Some try to install filter with this in place and swear they have the wrong size. If Ford had just added a 1/4" lip above the filter area to divert water, it probably wouldn't get the passenger floor wet. It's only happened to me once in a heavy downpour. As for the firewall insulation, I just tore all mine out. It's a small area and it doesn't do much anyway. As you found out, once lt gets wet, it seems to stay forever.
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I'm not seeing any screws holding the cowling in place, if that is what you are saying. Is the cowling/windshield supposed to be water tight? My cowling is not adhered to the windshield all the way across.
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It should be sealed to the windshield. Water will get into the cabin filter area. Look for some circular shapes on the top of the cowl. They may be push in fasteners. I have screws in mine that I probably put in myself.
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