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Old 05-07-2001, 10:19 PM
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I was servicing my '95 C280 - W202.028 recently and observed that there is a plastic cover about 3 inches tall attached accross the lower front side of the radiator below the bumper. I also read technical bulletin #88/18 that describes cutting out a section of the grille behind the licnese plate to allow cooling air to flow through. I checked the center section of the grille below the bumper behind the license plate and found no openings to allow air flow. Has anyone encountered this situation? Why would the lower part of the radiator be blocked by a cover? Seems to me you can use all of the air flow available.
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Old 05-07-2001, 11:04 PM
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Is there one on each side? Or is there just one in the center?
I don't know if you are talking about the flaps on each side, in which case are the tow hook coverings.

I have never noticed anything in the middle of the bumper.
What year was your 95 C280 manufactured ( and month) ?
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Old 05-08-2001, 03:21 PM
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Most (if not all) of the european 1993-1997 W202's came with the closed front bumper. Whenever we build in an after market airco system, we need to cut slotted holes in the front bumper below the front license plate because of the risk of an overheated engine.

David, ARJAY is talking about the lower black part of the front bumper below the license plate between the brake ventilation ducts and (tow eye) covers. There are grill-like indents in the bumper (I don't know how to call these horizontal lines) and these are all closed. It is similar to the bumpers on the W201 and W124...these bumpers came totally closed or open with slotted holes (and covering panels) on the different engine models.

ARJAY, as long as your engine has no heating problems you do not need to do any bumper modification at all. This is something that can be done after the car has (over)heating problems. The after 97 models with the newer bumpers came with exchangeable bumper panels/gratings/grills.

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Old 05-08-2001, 03:25 PM
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Thanks for clarifying. I understand completely now! Yup, mine sure are closed.
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