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Question Can I Remove Black Plastic Thing on Top of Engine

hi to all: this is probably a very stupid question, but what is the purpose of the big black plastic thing on top of the engine ? And can i use the car without it ?
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no, absolutly not, the engine will freeze without the insulation

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^ lmao Yes you can Use your car without that on lol.

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Yes, you can remove it and the car will be fine. You can also remove the oil fill cap, grab the tower that is under it, pull it out (with some work) and just screw the cap back into the valve cover so it looks like a normal engine.

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thank u all for such a prompt response. much appreciated

Any ideas what is the real purpose of that thing, anyways ? OK, as StevoElsupremo mentioned it will keep the engine a bit warmer in cold days.

But how about the very hot Summer days - would the engine be better off by removing the thing and letting the engine cool better ?
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I took mine off. It looks much better with out it.
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Engine covers are just the style now. It's been going that way since the euro cars started doing it a few years ago. They say it keeps the engine cleaner. I have never read anything saying it's done to insulate the motor.

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lol I was just farting around^^ lmao

I suppose its just to make the engine bay look "uniform" rather than wires, hoses and all that shit being seen, I have the Typhoon on and I left the engine over on, looks cleaner.

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Its also supposed to reduce engine noise..
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OK, i was searching the forums on this subject a bit last night, and somebody said that the paint on the hood above the engine may suffer from the engine heat if the plastic thing is removed. Any thoughts on that one ?
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