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Old 05-22-2017, 01:07 AM   #1
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Hi;
A couple of weeks ago someone mentioned an after market screen to protect the a/c condenser from road debris. I've misplaced the link for part info. Does anyone have info to point me in the right direction?

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Old 05-22-2017, 01:53 AM   #2
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I finally got around to installing a lower bumper grill mesh to protect the heat exchangers (such as the A/C condenser, radiator, etc).

Amerimax LOCK-ON Gutter Guard 5 inch steel gutter screen, 3 feet - black P/N 441-503

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It's funny, I've heard of this happening on different forums, but I've never had it happen on a car I own! And I even tail gate ppl now and then.
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Don't waste your time on this for the Hybrid. I put the screening on my car. (I went from the front. (There's no way I could do it from reaching underneath and getting them in behind.))
But I went to put them on my husband's 2015 Hybrid, only to find that there are no openings on the lower grill. At least not on our 2015 Hybrid.
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Don't waste your time on this for the Hybrid. I put the screening on my car. (I went from the front. (There's no way I could do it from reaching underneath and getting them in behind.))
But I went to put them on my husband's 2015 Hybrid, only to find that there are no openings on the lower grill. At least not on our 2015 Hybrid.
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Isn't that due to the active grill shutters? I'm surprised their default park setting is closed if that's the case.
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Active grill shutter? I didn't even know that our Hybrid had that. (I don't understand what the point would be for that.)
They felt pretty solid when I pushed on them. No give at all.
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Isn't that due to the active grill shutters? I'm surprised their default park setting is closed if that's the case.
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The active grill shutters are supposed to serve two purposes:

1) reduce unnecessary aerodynamic drag (closed when cooling is sufficient or coolant warming up)
2) improve warm-up time (closes when engine coolant cold)
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