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Old 02-13-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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Anyone had to replace felt panel under engine yet? Aftermarket replacement?

My car has just over 30k now and that panel is getting pretty worn out. I was wondering what Ford charges for that cheap piece of felt and if anyone had found an aftermarket replacement?


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Old 02-13-2014, 06:42 PM   #2
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FWIW, my wife has 36k miles on her 12 Focus and the panel has a spot that the felt appearing layer has worn off exposing the core. The panel is plastic and what appears to be felt is just layer of random plastic strands, I am assuming it is for sound deadening.
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Or you just can take it off
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My car has just over 30k now and that panel is getting pretty worn out. I was wondering what Ford charges for that cheap piece of felt and if anyone had found an aftermarket replacement?
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Well yeah you can take it off. It is really for aerodynamics.
If you do not care about mpg dropping, especially on the freeway then toss.
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Has anyone done some real world testing with it off?? How much does mpg suffer? Who's gonna be te guinea pig?
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Has anyone done some real world testing with it off?? How much does mpg suffer? Who's gonna be te guinea pig?
The results would vary based on the speed you drive. If you do all in town driving, you may not notice any difference. At 70+ mph on the highway, you probably would see a marginal improvement in fuel economy.

The aeroshield offers the additional benefit of keeping the bottom of the engine relatively free of road grime.
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You don't want to drive around without that, not only does it improve aerodynamics but it aids in directing air through the radiator correctly. Without it air would enter from the bottom and cause turbulence inside the engine bay. At least that's what I've heard. In practice, I had a rental fiesta once and it had the cover removed for whatever reason. Not sure if it was related but the radiator fan was on constantly, this was without the A/C on in the fall btw.

The cover also prevents small rocks and crap from damaging components. Plus if you live in an area where they salt the roads it can corrode parts up there, not good.

TLDR: Don't drive around without one.
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Just a thought but buy a piece of 1/8" lexan and use the current cover as a template and make a new one. Somewhere on this site there was one of the members that had one made out of aluminum and had hinged covers for oil changes. It was a real nice piece.
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You don't want to drive around without that, not only does it improve aerodynamics but it aids in directing air through the radiator correctly. Without it air would enter from the bottom and cause turbulence inside the engine bay. At least that's what I've heard. In practice, I had a rental fiesta once and it had the cover removed for whatever reason. Not sure if it was related but the radiator fan was on constantly, this was without the A/C on in the fall btw.

The cover also prevents small rocks and crap from damaging components. Plus if you live in an area where they salt the roads it can corrode parts up there, not good.

TLDR: Don't drive around without one.
Also it can cause trapped snow and ice to make your engine vibrate until it thaws out.

There is no major detriment to not running it. MPG is nearly the same either way. Nearly every other vehicle on the road doesn't have one of these, it's a non issue.
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