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Old 12-05-2017, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default Radiator Air Deflector

Is there supposed to be some type of rubber of plastic air deflector under the front of the LW series that diverts air in the front of radiator (not a shroud)?

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Old 12-05-2017, 04:05 PM   #2
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Not that I am aware of. I've looked a lot of L's in the Junkyards. None of them had one.

They were used on the some of the V-6 Cavaliers and many V-8 Camaros and others.

However, there was a Black plastic trim piece that was installed on the bottom of the front bumper on the 03's. These were very prone to damage due to reduced clearance . Most removed them due to this.

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Old 12-05-2017, 04:21 PM   #3
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However, there was a Black plastic trim piece that was installed on the bottom of the front bumper on the 03's. These were very prone to damage due to reduced clearance . Most removed them due to this.
That part I still actually have, tho I seem to adjust it everytime I wash the car.

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Old 12-05-2017, 04:38 PM   #4
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I put one of those 03's trim pieces on one of my 04's because I thought it looked good. It does trim out the bumper nicely.....but is prone to scraping when going over uneven surfaces.

It is rare that I see one undamaged in the JY's. Most are all beat up or torn right off. That item hangs down 1.5"-2". Precious ground clearance loss that the L-Series does not have much of to begin with.

It is apparent that Saturn learned their lesson and did not use that part on the 04's or 05's.

I'm probably going to remove mine due to a few nicks and scrapes. I do not think that this directs any air to the radiator.

I'm curious about your post. Are you having an over heating problem?

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Old 12-06-2017, 09:41 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=rb6667;2260737}I'm curious about your post. Are you having an overheating problem?[/QUOTE]Well yes, and no. It's been pretty windy out here in SoCal this week and on Monday I killed a huge tumbleweed. The thing appeared to be 4 feet in diameter and just exploded when it hit my front end. So when I got to my destination I checked for any damage, i.e., part of a branch penetrating my radiator. So during the checking I looked under the front and didn't see any deflector like both of my other cars have, so I was curious. Not running hot, but if I did somehow lose a deflector, I figured it might cause heating problems.

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Well yes, and no. It's been pretty windy out here in SoCal this week and on Monday I killed a huge tumbleweed. The thing appeared to be 4 feet in diameter and just exploded when it hit my front end. So when I got to my destination I checked for any damage, i.e., part of a branch penetrating my radiator. So during the checking I looked under the front and didn't see any deflector like both of my other cars have, so I was curious. Not running hot, but if I did somehow lose a deflector, I figured it might cause heating problems.
Those pesky tumbleweeds. Sounds like you escaped without any damage however.

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According to both of my favorite GM OEM parts websites, the '03 to 05 L-Series cars had a front bumper lower deflector. That part no., 22683982, is NLA and I couldn't find it at Vintage Parts either. For anyone interested, the lower deflector for the '00 to '02 L-Series cars is available at Vintage Parts, no. 90584237. As of today, 45 are still on hand. (Not available via my favorite GM parts websites).

https://www.vpartsinc.com/search?man...de=starts_with

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