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Old 08-07-2012, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the deal with these large plastic engine covers?

I have been hearing some tapping under my hood lately under load and played around to see what might be going on. It seems I got lucky because right away I noticed the big 3500 cover was rather loose and only held on by the oil fill cap. I could chalk this up as my fault because it was likely tapping the hood that I had already removed the sound deadening from. Clearly my reaction was to finally remove this cover because I prefer to see an engine and not cheap Canadian plastic.:)

This is actually the first car I've owned that has one of these big hunks of plastic on it. Is there a purpose behind these besides aesthetics? I suppose it could work as sound deadening, but that's the only other theory I could come up with. Removing it didn't seem to amplify anything, but then again I used to be field artillery and I'm just content that my car doesn't rattle/tap/whatever anymore!

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Old 08-07-2012, 06:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All cars seem to have them now. They just make the engine look cleaner.

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Old 08-07-2012, 07:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Engines aren't as pretty uncovered anymore. There are so many wire looms and lines and bullcrap that you can't even compare the looks of a modern engine to an old engine that doesn't have a cover. Take for example a 350. Not too many wire looms, and more cool looking mechanical linkages and big shiny things. Now take your engine. There are hardly any mechanical linkages. Just electrical wires in those ugly bundles. So they put the cover on them to hide them and clean things up a little bit.

I wouldn't want to take my engine cover off and have to look at all those ugly wire looms. I'll leave my cover on.

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I guess it depends on the person's perspective. My past cars were not very old and did not exactly have hideous engine bays. I prefer to see what's going on under the hood rather than some poorly made plastic cover. But my original question was are they purely there for aesthetics and I guess that has been answered. Thanks!



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I prefer no cover on my engines as well. I have mine all removed.

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I like this clean look.


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That's not too bad, but from experience they still look rather cheap in person. I was disappointed when I saw the ZR1 at a car show. Why have a clear portion of the hood to show off a $5 piece of molded plastic? Just another useless piece to add more money to the production cost. And I bet some 1960's German engineers are rolling over in their graves now adays. :(

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I agree, the plastic covers are stupid looking. I thought that when I first started noticing them back in 2000, and still do. Though I also have to agree that engines are a lot uglier than they used to be...

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Thing is 95% of people never open their hood, no checking fluids between oil changes or anything so who cares how it looks. Then for those of us that work on things it is just more crap to remove to get to what you were looking for.

The covers the Caprice had were intake noise baffles, long since gone, my truck has a cover on top of the engine but I haven't needed to take it off yet so it is still there. Once I need to take it off I doubt I will bother to put it back on.

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On the Lincoln, its not even screwed on, just clips. Give it a hard yank and it's off. Personally, I like the covers - easier to keep the engine looking clean IMO.



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Looks like thats held on the same as the impalas, oil fill cap plus a couple clips. Dwayne, is your truck an LS motor? Those are usually a 3 piece, held on with screws, not bad to take off, kind of a pain to put back.

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05 Sierra crew 1500 so yeah LS variant 5.3l as would be expected.

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King: Oh yeah, oil filler cap too....need to remove the cap before yanking...LOL.

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I don't think they would put them on if it was costing much of anything, probably like $1 per car or something.

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