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Old 03-09-2014, 06:50 AM   #1
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Felt-type material in wheel wells..durable?

I was fixing one of my rear splash guards (screw/clip had fallen out) and noticed that the inner wheel wells of the rear wheels on the hatch are made of the same felt that the underbelly pan on the front is. Is this stuff durable? As I washed my car and used high-pressure water to clean under them from all of the snow we just had, I kept thinking..."This stuff isn't gong to last!".


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I might say yes, it's durable. My VW NBeetle has that felt-type material in wheel wells, and it still there, cero issues
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yeah its durable, if it wasn't they probably wouldn't use it in wheel wells and as a skid plate
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Mine's torn up pretty bad under the motor. I'd rather have some aluminum/steel under there personally.
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I was fixing one of my rear splash guards (screw/clip had fallen out) and noticed that the inner wheel wells of the rear wheels on the hatch are made of the same felt that the underbelly pan on the front is. Is this stuff durable? .
I haven't looked up inside my rear wheel wells but the front wheel wells are definitely not felt. They are lined with polypropylene plastic. It is extremely tough.

EDIT: Yep, I have felt in the rear and it must be pretty tough because I wash under the wheel wells with high pressure water to get the road salt out and my felt looks good as new.
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When I was installing splash guards, I noticed this stuff as well. I didn't think it looked durable either. That was until I wanted to expand a hole in it to line up a screw. I had pliers and I had a very hard time ripping any of it off. I had to twist and pull and shred with all my weight to make any progress. We will see how it holds up over time though.
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how much moisture do you think that material retains, say after a day driving in the rain... or salt filled slush... wonder how or if it will become a potential problem in the future?
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Wouldn't worry, same protective/sound absorbing liner has been on the Focus since the MkI.

No problems noted yet AFAIK.
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The material has a solid plastic core and the felt looking material is also plastic. It looks like it is sprayed onto the core sort of like the spray chopped fiberglass.
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Had no problems through a fairly rough winter.
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