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Old June 10th, 2009, 06:02 PM
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Driver's Side Vent Cover on 97

Just out of curiosity, why is the vent cover on the driver's side wing of a 97 sealed?
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Heater intake in a RHD truck goes there. (Then the other wing vent would be sealed.)
I replaced the the sealed vent grille with a vented one from George for a bit more air circulation.
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So if it were opened to the elements would it cause any issues? or is it just an opening to the engine bay? (don't have the truck with me or else I'd be able to look)
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Old June 10th, 2009, 07:11 PM
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Yes, it just opens to the engine bay, (top of the inner fender) and it would be exposed to the elements; but as the old song says, it never rains in So CA right?? :-)

Try removing it sometime and then drive up a long steep grade, (like the Grapevine). You'll see the heat waves venting out...
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Just out of curiosity, why is the vent cover on the driver's side wing of a 97 sealed?
Likely because the main fuse block is right next to the opening.
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I had them both opened on my 95. When I was off-road my coil used to get wet all the time and the truck would die on the trail. I learned to carry around dielectric grease or WD40!
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Mike, in your opinion, is that significant?

Fuse box is under the bonnet, adjacent to (and level with) the wing vent opening, but not underneath or behind it.

Intuitively, based on location, it seems that the fuse box would be 'more at risk' to water splashing up from underneath the truck and rain ingress from the gap between the bonnet and wing than it would be from an open wing vent, no?

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I had them both opened on my 95. When I was off-road my coil used to get wet all the time and the truck would die on the trail. I learned to carry around dielectric grease or WD40!
No coil issue on a 97...
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