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I just notice that if you squat down near the front side tires, you can see thru the struts and the engine. Should i cover the hole or leave the hole as is? Their must be a reason Honda did not cover the hole.

Any help is grateful.

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I can think of two reasons: 1. The engine compartment is very small and thus needs an area to exhaust out the hot air. 2. The hole is large enough as not to interfere with suspension travel (your steering tie-rods project thru that hole also.
 

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Thanks Ion,

Do you think their will be a problem with road salt, dirt, mud, rocks, rain water, ect getting into the engine compartments and harming the CPU?

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At this time, i'm not worried about anything like that. The CPU (actually the EPU) is behind the glovebox door and should be protected from just about everything. After staying up late last night, another reason dawned on me for thos openings. The E has a very large frontal area and you need space to vent off that huge amount of air coming thru the grill openings.
 

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06 'E' LX model front inner fender question

2006 Honda Element LX
AT 4WD Realtime

Greetings:

I have recently purchased my first Honda. I am attempting to find out if there are access panels I needs purchased on both sides of the front inner fenders behind the struts. Online splash shields and liners images look to run from front to back of the front fender rather than protect the engine compartment behind the strut assy. No Elements have come into the junk yards to check. Part breakdown images have been rather vague as well. Am I on a snipe hunt or is there a panel that covers this triangular looking section in both front inner fenders?

I'm guessing its a liner, but have been real shy about pulling the trigger to purchase because of the images I've seen.

Appreciate any help or info you can give me!

Thanks!

Steve

edit: added photo of inner fender well
 

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Thanks for the reply and info Devlop!

It looked really strange because there are fastener holes for what seems like a cover.

Steve

Also, thanks to Mod for moving my question. The concerns in this thread match my own- ice, salt, sand, mud, etc getting into the engine compartment.
 
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