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Old 08-12-2016, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default What's your solution for covering this vent (pic)?

I'm talking about that big hole in front of the windshield/over the fire wall on the passenger side. It is covered with a screen between 2 pieces of foam glued on.

After 19 years, mine is completely unattached and the screen is coming out of the foam sandwich. Has anyone fixed this in a reliable manner? What materials did you use? My instinct is to try to glue everything back, but that's not gonna hold up very long.



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Old 08-12-2016, 01:15 PM   #2
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2 sheets of 1/4" closed cell foam and cutout 2 new surrounds. Use the old screen.

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Old 08-12-2016, 01:25 PM   #3
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2 sheets of 1/4" closed cell foam and cutout 2 new surrounds. Use the old screen.
Where do they typically sell this? Like what stores would I look in? Jo-Ann?

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Old 08-12-2016, 02:29 PM   #4
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Old 08-12-2016, 02:33 PM   #5
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No, not a fabric shop. Big box store in weather strip etc dpt. Just about any foam material will work as long as it is 3/16 min thick and closed cell. Measure the length and width you need before going shopping. Large upholstery supply shops have it as well.

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Old 08-12-2016, 09:55 PM   #6
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Instead of glue, Two sided foam tape is a good solution and easy to shape with a pair of round tipped scissors.

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Old 08-13-2016, 07:44 PM   #7
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Exactly what is the purpose of that thing anyway?

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Old 08-13-2016, 08:18 PM   #8
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Attempts to keep critters and debris out of the interior vents; the hole is where the outside air comes from.

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Old 08-14-2016, 03:19 PM   #9
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Default Re: What's your solution for covering this vent (pic)?

If its still in one piece hot glue

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Old 08-15-2016, 11:46 AM   #10
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Default Re: What's your solution for covering this vent (pic)?

There's a seller on eBay that has a solution. I'm pretty sure it is Saturnfan member named Hein. Here's the link...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Saturn-S-Ser...-/141441488563

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Old 08-15-2016, 11:53 AM   #11
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I would add a finer mesh screen under that one. pine needles, ants, bugs, etc have a too easy chance to fall in.

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Old 08-15-2016, 12:25 PM   #12
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Default Re: What's your solution for covering this vent (pic)?

Also important to note, if the adhesive fails, you can get water in your left front passenger footwell area from snowmelt or heavy rain.

I reattached mine with silicone adhesive 6+ years ago, no issues since. I used a little wax paper on the hood to vent side to prevent sticking when the hood was closed up.

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Old 08-15-2016, 04:04 PM   #13
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I used grey RTV on mine. work great.

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Old 09-03-2018, 12:47 AM   #14
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Default Re: What's your solution for covering this vent (pic)?

Ok, so using the search feature I found this post. I'm having the problem with the passenger side floor board getting wet every time it rains.

The e-bay links I've found don't work, and can't source this thing new. Nearest i can tell, it's just a thick piece of foam and some chicken wire? And the foam seals against the cowl and the underside of the hood, right? Will continue to try and source a junk yard one, but in the meantime if anyone has pics of a home brew fix, I'd love to see it.

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Old 09-03-2018, 01:15 AM   #15
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all i did too my cause i still had it there just the glue let go was used silicone and glue it back on works perfectly on and few super cheap fix

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Old 09-03-2018, 01:16 AM   #16
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Default Re: What's your solution for covering this vent (pic)?

When I first saw this post my first though was, "what vent? I've never seen a vent." So I went out to look if there was one and sure enough, I was right. There is no vent, just a hole. Now it makes sense though how my blower motor turned into a mice nest a while back. Guess I'll need to find something to replace the vent with though.

Just when I thought I was done finding all the damage those mice did to the car, I find something else, lol. (They where not kind to the car the year it was sitting in the driveway doing nothing)

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Prep surfaces with electronics cleaner spray - 3M adhesive spray works well.

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If desperate;

COWL VENT SCREEN PANEL FITS 96 SATURN S SERIES 241932

https://www.ebay.com/itm/COWL-VENT-S...d=141441488563

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