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Offline AustinR

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Engine cover
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:10:47 pm »
How exactly is the plastic " Abarth " cover fixed to the engine ? On my car it has always been a bit of a loose fit. Is this normal ? From what I can see by peering under the cover with a torch, there appear to be at least two rubber mountings that fit into metal studs that are fitted to the engine. I can see one on the offside and another on the nearside, but there may be a third which I can't see. I assume there are some plastic pegs on the back of the cover that are just a push fit into these mountings. Can anyone who has been brave enough to remove the cover on their APE please clarify ?

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    Offline John501

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    Re: Engine cover
    « Reply #1 on: October 16, 2014, 12:40:20 pm »
    Just pull it up.
    There are rubber bungs that keep the cover in place.
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    Re: Engine cover
    « Reply #2 on: October 16, 2014, 01:22:59 pm »
    There are three rubber bungs that hold the cover on, if your cover is loose it is either not pushed properly onto supports or more likely that one of the supports on the cover that hold the rubber bungs have broken when it was being pulled off, they are not strong and if the rubber is stiff it stays where it is and something else gives when the cover is pulled.

    A new cover is about £130. I greased up the struts since and it comes off easier, if you want to remove the cover, get it warm first, the rubber is softer when hot.
    « Last Edit: October 16, 2014, 01:25:19 pm by sandys »

    Offline AustinR

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    Re: Engine cover
    « Reply #3 on: October 16, 2014, 03:31:54 pm »
    Thanks, Sandys. At £130 I think I'll leave it where it is, rather than risk any further damage. The mechanics at my local Abarth dealer will have had to remove it when they changed the plugs at the last service and I'm not really sure whether the fit is any looser now than before. It's only a cosmetic item after all and unless there's any danger of it becoming completely detached and flying round the engine bay ( which I don't think there is ) it's best left alone. Trouble is,  I can't leave things alone and I know it's going to bug me until I can SEE exactly how this thing fits !

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    Re: Engine cover
    « Reply #4 on: October 16, 2014, 08:21:12 pm »
    I intend to do the plugs and oil change at some point, weather and motivation dependant :)  I'll post an image when I do.