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Old 08-15-2009, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question paperboard / plastic guard under front bumper - is it important?

There is a flexable guard of sorts that goes under the front bumper to under the radiator housing. The gromet holes where the plastic pop rivits hold it on are torn out and now it just hangs down.

My question is, Is this piece important enough to replace? What purpose does it serve?

I don't know what it's called but I can't seem to find it in any of the parts catalogs.

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Most of the pieces that are put on are there for directing air movement. I do know that some pieces are considered critical for cooling. I can't say that it's the case here. Personaly I would try to re attach it.
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I already tried to reattach it but it's too torn. It also isn't big enough to stretch it and poke new holes. It is torn loose from the 3 retaining clips that hold it to the front bumber and it looks like it will fail soon from the back (bottom of radiator housing) and be completely off.

I keep looking at it and it doesn't look like an air foil, it seems to be more of a protector for the little square heat exchanger that sits at the bottom front of the radiator.

Anyone tell me what the little radiator / heat exchanger is? It's only about the size of my hand.



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If the front edge used to attach to the bumper then your probably right. The little cooler is for your Power steering fluid I think. You might be able to get a new one form the dealer, Probably called a "skid plate" , or fabricate a new piece to protect the cooler.
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I'm in the same spot as you were the one on my truck just started hanging down, too.

I think the piece may make for a little more aerodynamic air flow, but I don't know. One reason I would like to keep it in place is for a minimal amount of protection from road debris that it may offer for the coolers.

If you price a replacement, plz share what you find.
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The small cooler is for power steering. The rubber deflector not only protects the lower portion of the a/c condensor and the powersteering cooler but also keeps the air directed through the entire line of coolers.
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Part Description: With A/C; Lower front - flat hard rubber piece that mounts with seven push pins to the bottom of core support

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It keeps the air coming in through the bumper from simply diverting down and out and bypassing the coolers.

I have not had one on the farm truck for a long time - but have always wanted to but a piece of steel stock there....
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