im tellin ya,,i got the car and it had this baseball size hole in the fire mat rite above my air box,,,i was like wtf, oh well....then i opened the air box a few weeks later and see little mouse turds rollin around the bottom,,,,again,,,a wtf arose,,,,so i pulled off the resenator to be curious and a whole lotta lil mickey turds come out,,,,along with the missing material,,,looks like a mouse had moved in while it was on the used car lot,,
Eh...more like a heat insulator than anything else. Fords have been coming with these since the dawn of time, and only recently have they stopped putting them in the low-end cars (i.e. the Focus). The only thing they are good for is capturing dirt and eventually falling apart.it's a fire blanket. if your engine catches on fire, the plastic tabs holding it to the hood will melt and the blanket will fall onto the engine and smother the fire. i've had mine off for almost 2.5 years now and it looks a lot better. i dont have any problems with the heat affecting the paint on my hood and when my carbon fiber hood gets here, i shouldn't have problems either. i think that the new foci now do not come with the fire blanket. my friends 02 didn't have one.
lessen noise? compared to our mazda 626 '91 this thing is as noisy as the mazda... And i have a stock sedan '01...they are to lessen noise in the passenger compartment. My 02 didn't come with one either.
WRONG! I used to work for a Ford dealership. We tested the shield on a Taurus, and guess what it did? It put out the fire. The plastic clips that are holding it up melt, and smuther the fire.thats one OLD SCHOOL story salesmen have said forever. its there only to protect the paint from heat, it does not put out an engine fire.