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Old 03-17-2003, 02:47 PM
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Usually MB put heat shields on the turbo diesel model hood pads for obvious reasons. There are aftermarket accessory sources that sell the quilted heat sheilds that can be cut from rolls if you believe that excessive heat is affecting the paint surface of your hood, but that may be "masking" some other engine compartment overheating issues. The foam hood pad serves 3 basic functions, 1) it reduces transmitted heat to the hood; 2) it dampens engine noise; and 3) acts as a flame retardant in case of an engine fire, so long as it's not soaked with oil and falling apart in chunks in the engine bay.
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