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Old 02-13-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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Snow trapped between drivetrain and felt engine cover

Has anyone experienced significant snow/ice trapped between their motor and the lower felt engine cover/tray/thing? There was enough build up in mine to cause severe vibrations, and it took over 24 hours in a heated garage to get it melted enough to break the cover free. There was a SIGNIFICANT amount of ice in there, I could barely lift the cover with all the ice stuck to it.

Just wondering if this is common or if I'm the only one. I didn't bother putting it back, I'll wait until it warms up. This caused vibration issues at least a dozen times this winter.


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Old 02-13-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
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Most snow/ice related vibrations I have had were from it being caked on the inside of the wheels. That is always fun to deal with at highway speeds.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:32 PM   #3
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I took mine out in the snow/ice for a couple of hours and it was pretty significantly packed in there as well. The felt cover is just an aero piece and not designed to completely seal off the engine area. The sides are pretty open in the wheel wells.

But I agree that it shouldn't have caused vibrations the same as having it inside the wheels themselves.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:38 PM   #4
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I never have these problems as I have a heated indoor garage space. I actually washed my car a little while ago, after it got a bit of dirt on it from driving around while it was snowing out today.
In the Winter i try hard to keep my bright yellow car spotlessly clean.

I know this has only marginally to do with the op post. but i just wanted to rub it in.. LOL

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Old 02-13-2014, 05:28 PM   #5
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Yes I have same issues here in Toronto Canada
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:33 PM   #6
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I think I may have that...having some vibes even after clearing out the wheel wells
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:49 PM   #7
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Snow and ice constantly builds up in my wheels and under the engine. Rattles to beat all hell.
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Every car I've had with a cover like that I just took off, they're a lot more of an annoyance than anything, never had anything detrimental happen because of it
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I honestly didn't even realize the car had one until I noticed all the snow and ice packed up on it. We finally had a couple warmer days and it is mostly gone now, but I'm still getting some vibrations. I figured it was in the wheels, which seemed strange because I have an SE with steels and those are usually more resistant to getting snow packed than the more open style of most alloys, although it can happen.

Another possibility is that I have a slightly bent wheel thanks to the massive potholes provided by Michigan roads.

For what it's worth, I had a Subaru Forester with a similar cover and that would also get snow and ice packed in there, so the problem isn't limited to the Focus.
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Also Toronto area and I just yesterday took my car to the spray and wash to get all the packed snow out of my wheel wells. Took a LOT of direct spraying to dislodge frozen pieces. I too had some noises that are now no longer issues, although at one point on the highway I smelled burning rubber for a while.. pulled off and poked my head all around and the only thing I saw was this snow with maybe a fraction of an inch clearance to the tire. I dunno. No more of that smell now.
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