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Old 07-24-2001, 09:28 AM
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Just wondering if my 1976 230 W115 should have come factory with a hood pad. My car currently has no such thing.

I've noticed this product mentioned on
E-bay several times and wondered if this would help me when starting up in the cold winter here in Toronto ?


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Old 07-24-2001, 10:03 AM
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Aaron, I don't know how much heat, if any, that a hood pad would hold in over night. My understanding is that the hood pads were primarily desing to keep engine noise down. As far as finding out if your car came with one or not, you could call a dealer and see if thee is a listing for a hood pad. You could also search through "Fastlane" for a hood pad. I gather your car is a gas model, so I doubt it has a block heater. Actually if this car has been in Canada for sometime I would imagine it had one installed at some point. If not, you could has one put in. I think a blockheater runs about $50 U.S. and it installs in one of the engine block's freeze plugs.
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Old 07-24-2001, 10:36 AM
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The hood pad would probably do nothing for cold starts...if it did all cars in Europe would come with one but they don't and it gets pretty cold over there too. As stated it was to keep engine noise down especially for American taste and a really nice side effect was that there was no steam caused by evaporation if water got on your hood. How about blocking your grill for cold?
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Old 07-24-2001, 11:06 AM
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I do block my grill in extreme temperatures, it seems that whenever it gets below -10 degrees celsius the cart gives trouble starting. Thank God that won't be for another six months or so.


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Old 07-24-2001, 01:45 PM
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Pads are also very useful for keeping excessive heat (turbos) from the hood and ruining the paint. Probably not a problem with your car.
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Old 07-25-2001, 04:25 AM
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I think every car should have a head pad underneat their hood. It keeps the heat from ruining the paint, just like Ron had mentioned. My '85 190E has heat marks from the exhause manifold. Ever since I installed the pad, the scarring marks stopped getting worst.

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Old 09-01-2001, 09:16 AM
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Hood Pad

The in New Jersey has a good list of parts at reasonable prices even with the exchange to Canadian. They have UPS to Canada. I think has a tech on how to install.
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