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Best Answer omar302 , 14 November 2016 - 11:44 AM

Yes, as stated above, it is an aerodynamic panel. There are 2 pieces, left & right:

http://www.tascapart...rd/bt4z7811398b

http://www.tascapart...rd/bt4z7811398a Go to the full post


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#1 OFFLINE   fordedgemama

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 10:54 AM

Good Morning, 

 

On my way to work this morning I was hearing a funny noise every time I went through a puddle of water. Then, when I arrived at work and was the only one pulling into the garage I heard the noise again. I parked the car and found this: (image attached) does anyone know that it is... I'm stopping by a repair shop before driving all the way home, but can someone give me a heads up on what it is? And if I should try to cut if off before I drive? It looks pretty mangled anyway. 

 

 

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 11:08 AM

Looks like part of the aerodynamic cladding. I wouldn't cut it off, I would try to take the whole piece off that its attached to. 


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Posted 14 November 2016 - 11:26 AM

From the looks/location of it, I think it is the plastic cover under the main cabin that protects fuel and emission components.  Definitely replace/get it replaced as soon as you can.

 

EDIT:  do you have a turbo/Ecoboost engine or the 3.5L engine?  The turbo engines have an additional splash shield under the engine bay.  Did you have an oil change done recently?


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Posted 14 November 2016 - 11:29 AM

The bigger question might be what did you hit to cause that damage and what else was damaged?



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 11:36 AM

@akirby - I live in Seattle - so my drive to work was littered with massive water puddles on the road. I think it happened when I went through one of them at 4:30am this morning (it was dark and i didn't see it until i was in it). I'm heading to a repair shop just a few minutes from my work. Do you guys think it will be okay to drive it that far? I don't know how else to get it off, or protect it since I'm in a parking garage at work with no tools or anything. 



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 11:41 AM

From the looks/location of it, I think it is the plastic cover under the main cabin that protects fuel and emission components.  Definitely replace/get it replaced as soon as you can.

 

EDIT:  do you have a turbo/Ecoboost engine or the 3.5L engine?  The turbo engines have an additional splash shield under the engine bay.  Did you have an oil change done recently?

 

I do not have the Ecoboost. I didn't have an oil change done recently - I had running boards installed (but the person who installed them assured me he didn't touch anything other than the frame to attached the boards). I also just bought the car... (I've only had it a few weeks). 



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 11:44 AM   Best Answer

Yes, as stated above, it is an aerodynamic panel. There are 2 pieces, left & right:

http://www.tascapart...rd/bt4z7811398b

http://www.tascapart...rd/bt4z7811398a
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Posted 14 November 2016 - 11:46 AM

A few minutes away should be ok. The piece might come off and you might run over it, so just be aware, pick it up if it does come off if possible. Definitely avoid road debris as much as you can.

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 12:40 PM

Should be fine.   Just have them check it over really well.  Hopefully it's just the shield.

 

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 12:56 PM

Thanks everybody! I think I should be fine heading down the road to the place by my work. 



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 01:10 PM

Thanks again everyone! 


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Posted 14 November 2016 - 01:11 PM

Looks like part of the aerodynamic cladding. I wouldn't cut it off, I would try to take the whole piece off that its attached to. 

Do you think I need to replace it? Or can it be left off? 



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 01:24 PM

Replace :(

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 01:34 PM

Replace :(

Is there a purpose for it? Like legitimately? I'm tight on cash right now and I don't particularly want to replace it right now. If the part itself is $100 I'm sure it's another $100+ to install it. 



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 02:19 PM

If it's just an air deflector it won't hurt to do without it for awhile but I would replace it when you can.



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 02:21 PM

If it is the engine splash shield, you COULD get away without one for a while, in theory.  The Edge may not perform as well due to degraded aerodynamics and there may be cosmetic effects as well in the engine bay.

 

If it is the fuel/emission splash shield, you would be leaving those components open to damage, which would cost you far greater monies to repair and likely would not be covered under emissions warranty.



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 11:00 PM

If the other half of the shield is still under the vehicle, you can put a strap from the front screw to the rear screw to hold the 2 halfs up. You might also be able to glue/sew/staple the 2 halves together. As far as I know, this piece is only for aerodynamics, i.e. reduce drag and/or wind noise. It covers the middle/side bottom of the Edge (under the right side front/rear passengers. I don't think the 2007-2010 Edge/MKX had it, couldn't find a part number.
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