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Old 06-18-1999, 10:14 PM
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Gentlemen,

While reconning for a saturday morning oil change, I removed the plastic engine panel to locate the oil filter. Duh! I finally found it - up top.

Anyway, I read that this panel is used to keep engine noise down. But after two days of driving without it (it was being degreased) I really didn't notice any noise difference. Which brings me to my question...

Can I leave the panel off permanately to allow air flow for the engine? Although my car does not run hot, I just like the fact that I this may offer better air circulation to help dissipate engine heat.

Thanks for replies.

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Old 06-18-1999, 11:20 PM
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The most important thing this panel does is to keep water off of the belt in wet driving conditions. If you get the belt wet, the A/C compressor can slip and will lock out until the next time the engine is started.

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Old 06-18-1999, 11:24 PM
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I'll put it back on. Thanx
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Old 06-21-1999, 07:39 PM
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If Mercedes put it there it's there for a reason! Friend of mine left his off.Next thing you know he's out driving at night, hits a pothole and a "raised" piece of road RIPS the bottom of his sump clean off!!!!
You can guess the rest.
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Old 07-06-1999, 03:23 AM
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I can't imagine the "encapsulation panels" would offer much protection from any raised concrete or asphalt.
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Old 07-06-1999, 09:58 PM
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The encapsulation panels will not protect from fixed objects such as concrete barriers, but they will protect from wetting the belt and from rocks and loose pieces entering unwanted areas.

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