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On the bottom of my 2014 Edge are two elongated holes, 1½" x ¼", one one each side. They are covered with a black plastic strip.

What is the purpose of those holes?

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They are on the bottom of my Gen 2's doors also.  I believe the primary purpose is drainage.

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Yes, I believe they are for drainage.  To my knowledge, the plastic or rubber covers are supposed to be removed during vehicle make-ready when it is initially sold.  You find similar drains on the bottom of the doors. 

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Ford's online parts site lists the black plastic strips, which are also in place on the liftgate of our 2015 MKX, but the site offers no comparable covers for side door drain holes...

 

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For what they are, the one-piece design is surprisingly elegant, with retaining ears that facilitate quick assembly-line installation and also provide slits of openess when in place...

 

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The cover's backside includes eight molded lugs that stand the installed cover off the liftgate sheet metal and allow water & air flow through the liftgate drain holes...

 

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Due to the cover's design, and the fact that replacements being sold on FordParts.com, I expect the cover is intended to remain in place after the vehicle is delivered.

 

Below is a PDF download link to the 2014 Edge Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) checklist showing tasks the Service technician must complete toward the vehicle being ready for its new owner. 

 

2014 Edge Pre-Delivery Service Record.pdf

 

While removing external & internal covers is mentioned under 'Appearance' in the document, these are typically plastic films and overlays that protect trim and upholstery during the assembly process and shipment to the dealer.

 

Good luck!

 

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I would like to thank JoeVic, Will2U and haz for taking the time to respond to my question, especially Haz for his detailed explanation.

 

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