My firs post. Hope it works. I just got a used 2003 EX AWD with 68 k mi on it. Sold my trusted 1997 Explorer. This E is in good condition and runs well. Installed new rotors and pads, changed all fluids, cleaned it up, took care of the paint chips, clayed it, put on Klasse sealer on it – it is ready for the coming North-East winter. The thing I noticed when re-breaking it were the openings into the engine bay in the wheel wells on both sides. As I have not driven an E ever before, my question is to the E-owners in the snow belt – is this design a problem with slush and grime from the road accumulation on the steering box and inside of the engine bay in winter? If so, has anyone figured out a solution? I understand the referenced openings are there to allow for air flow through the engine bay thus dispersing the heat and to enable the tie rods to move. Thanks!
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