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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-21-2008, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Engine Cover on Ecotec?

I removed the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Ecotec for the first time the other night. I noticed it has a foam layer under the plastic. I'm sure Chevy designed this to further insulate the driver from any engine noise.

But doesn't this foam and plastic cover act as a "blanket" too? In winter, I suppose this would be a good thing, to hold in heat and insulate from extreme cold. But in summer, isn't it a bad idea to have a big blanket over your engine? There is already a blanket of insulation under the hood, right?

Any thoughts?

Anyone take their cover off and leave it off?

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I removed the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Ecotec for the first time the other night. I noticed it has a foam layer under the plastic. I'm sure Chevy designed this to further insulate the driver from any engine noise.

But doesn't this foam and plastic cover act as a "blanket" too? In winter, I suppose this would be a good thing, to hold in heat and insulate from extreme cold. But in summer, isn't it a bad idea to have a big blanket over your engine? There is already a blanket of insulation under the hood, right?

Any thoughts?

Anyone take their cover off and leave it off?

Thanks.
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Yeah a good portion of balt owners took that cover off the first day. Its useless other than looks and slightly dulling engine noise. I've had mine off for about 2 years now.



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I want to leave it off but not until my engine is decently presentable. You know polished and shiney! Until then, big black rectangle it is.



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Hehe, my engine had all kinds of funky weird stains/marks on the metal and stuff but I still opted to go without the cover...

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Took mine off back when I had my LS, only difference it made was cool the engine like 2 degrees compared to before. I think it ran at like 189* and than after it was 187*.

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