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Old 07-19-2009, 11:46 PM
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Is changing a hood pad on a 190E a DIY job?

My pad is literally disentegrating. A 7" piece fell off near the grill, above the oil cap. This is the second pad, I think. When I bought the car about ten years ago the pad was in need of replacement, so this current one is about 10 years old. Is this a normal life of a pad?

It looks like I can remove the old pad, but how is it putting a new one on? I'm not sure if the shop that put this pad on did a good job, as some areas of the pad have separated from the hood. Bad adhesive?

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Old 07-20-2009, 12:10 AM
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I would say screw replacing it, not worth it. They all disinegrate. I would put an old sheet over the engine bay (so as to prevent the junk from falling down in there) and scrape that bullcrap off as best as you can and then clean the underside of the hood off with cleaner and leave it. Not worth replacing the crummy (and I mean crummy) foam insulation. It's junk....it doesn't help the hood paint from being corrupted and it doesn't do anything to keep an otherwise well running engine from being more isolated audibly from the cabin...forget about...get rid of it and never look back...that's what I did......
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:20 AM
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you should replace it with the proper Mercedes Benz hood pad which is like a very thick fabric and not some cheesey waffle foam.

A hood pad does quiet down the engine noise from the exterior of the car. Compare cars with and without hood pads and you can tell the difference.
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:05 AM
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Replacement hood pads are not made of that crumbly stuff anymore.

Make sure you clean all that old crap off before you stick the new one on. For a proper job its a two man effort.

Believe it or not. The hood pad and the underside cover were designed to give a better airflow and better cd efficiency resulting in more mile per gallon.
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:29 AM
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Removal is a DIY thing; just takes time. Installation is best as a two-person thing and is also a DIY thing, but just be sure you set it correctly the first time.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:26 PM
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Does PeachPart sell the new and improved hood pad?

Hmmm, I think I will remove the pad myself but take the car to the shop and have them install the pad since I do not want to mess it up. I also don't have a second helper :|

Is it ok to drive the car with no hood insulation? I'm concerned about the heat on the hood paint.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:43 PM
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Protecting the paint on your hood is an important benefit of hood pads. It is also much quieter, obviously.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:47 PM
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Does PeachPart sell the new and improved hood pad?

Hmmm, I think I will remove the pad myself but take the car to the shop and have them install the pad since I do not want to mess it up. I also don't have a second helper :|

Is it ok to drive the car with no hood insulation? I'm concerned about the heat on the hood paint.
Bought one here last month. I didn't do it myself under the Murphy law rule. Took it to an indy to do. He charged me about $75 to do it. The cost of the pad was about $75 here plus shipping.. $86 in total. Included in his charge was $30.00 or $35.00 he says for the 3M super adhesive (this seems to be the consensus adhesive to use.)
Search around here. There is a thread on this. After reading it, I decided to have someone else do it.
BTW, the dealership pointed it out to me that it needed replacement. Wanted $300.00 to do it.

You can do it yourself, but, iirc, someone suggested having another pair of hands to help in setting the new one up.
Here's one thread.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:07 PM
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Yep, new pad (OEM is best) + a couple cans of 3M super spray adhesive will do the trick. That stuff is gross though, I got some on my arms when I did it, and it helps to have 2 people.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:14 PM
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I used over a can of the 3M stuff and a roller to help press it down. It is adhering pretty well, but has still pulled free in a couple of places. It is essentially like cementing formica down to a counter top. The 3M adhessive is a type of contact cement. I believe that it's more challenging to cement the hood pads because it is porous material.

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