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    That same Bernoulli effect draws air over the exhaust as well, to help cool it...... hence my burning car in the brush photo

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    Replacing the alternator or the AC compressor on the back of the block are horrible jobs. Use a skid plate to keep those items protected if nothing else. There are many additional benefits including keeping the oil pan and oil cooler clean so that your oil lasts better.
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    I'm thinking it's there to protect the engine from debris. I think most companies install them for improved gas mileage, both from aero drag and to reach operating temp quicker. I hadn't thought about it also helping cool the engine but that makes sense.

    As I recall, owner's manuals started warning of grass fires when cats were introduced. The Fiat's cat is tucked up high so there's less chance of a grass fire... just a happy coincidence of design. The pipes and mufflers can run 300-500 degrees (enough to ignite dry grass) but the cat runs about 4 times that temp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by map View Post
    I'm thinking it's there to protect the engine from debris. I think most companies install them for improved gas mileage, both from aero drag and to reach operating temp quicker. I hadn't thought about it also helping cool the engine but that makes sense.

    As I recall, owner's manuals started warning of grass fires when cats were introduced. The Fiat's cat is tucked up high so there's less chance of a grass fire... just a happy coincidence of design. The pipes and mufflers can run 300-500 degrees (enough to ignite dry grass) but the cat runs about 4 times that temp.

    That’s Catalytic fire cause, is stated in all brand owners manual. Both Honda’s, the Kia, have aero belly pans. I’ve never looked under the daughter Renegade. The old smart car, had plastic skid cover, front to the of back engine. AC, and coolant line, run above them.

    We live in a brand new home development. Fields, in front of us and behind us. There are construction worker trucks, and cars parked in the fields all during the day. So far no fires. Seems like auto manufacturers I’ve just started implementing those plastic scared panels. Our past Honda’s didn’t have them.

    In a normally operating vehicle, the catalytic converter can register temperatures, about 750 degrees F, or higher. If one or more cylinders are not functioning, and unburned gasoline (or a richer fuel air mixture) flows into a catalytic converter, then the converters temperature can, increase greatly.

    A worn out, or clogged catalytic converter. Can go from its standard working temperature range, which is around 750-1,000 F. To around 1,6000F up to 2,0000 F. A overheating catalytic converter, is a major a blaze hazard. Burn a field, a forest, a house down.
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    I bought the car off of my stepdaughter. I always change her oil, but one time i was out of town so she went to an oil changer. They left it off. Of course no one there knows what happened, they didn't leave it off, etc. The bolts are completely gone and and all, so I know it was just left off. I think to be safe I'll replace it.

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    It also protects the oil pan from road debris and hazards. My dad's 2015 VW 2.0 Jetta has a belly pan but it doesn't cover the oil pan. That thing is so rusty, it's going to need to be replaced. Rocks chip the paint off and up here in the rust belt the salt destroys it. My Fiats pan looks brand new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat88 View Post
    It also protects the oil pan from road debris and hazards. My dad's 2015 VW 2.0 Jetta has a belly pan but it doesn't cover the oil pan. That thing is so rusty, it's going to need to be replaced. Rocks chip the paint off and up here in the rust belt the salt destroys it. My Fiats pan looks brand new!
    I believe the Fiat pan is aluminum. There is a vent in the pan to direct cooling air to the bottom of the oil pan too, so it probably cools better with the pan than without.

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