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Old 05-24-2010, 11:37 PM   #1
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I read somewhere that early HHR's had no protection on the radiator and the radiator was prone to holes from road objects and then BLAMO!!! overheating. I took delivery of my car today and thats the first area i looked at only to notice that the only "protection" is a peice of plastic that still exposes the fins of the radiator to plastic as it is a cover with holes in it more or less.. Guess I was looking for like a Plate or something covering it. Is that really all there is? Or am i missing a peice?
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Nope you got all there is.. The plastic was an afterthought & only started coming in IIRC ? 08 & newer.

I added some gutter guard mesh..
https://www.chevyhhr.net/forums/show...er+guard+grill
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wow.. That just doesnt seem like it would totally take out that potential disaster.. Hope im wrong
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Most of the problems I remember reading about on here were the A/C compressor housing getting damaged and not the radiator. I don't recall any threads where anyone with the piece of plastic installed had the compressor hit with a rock and damaged.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:16 AM   #5
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Would have been nice if they gave us a free lower billet grill, but the piece of plastic is all they went with. Minimum cost, minimum protection.
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Most of the problems I remember reading about on here were the A/C compressor housing getting damaged and not the radiator. I don't recall any threads where anyone with the piece of plastic installed had the compressor hit with a rock and damaged.
Pit is right. It is the AC compressor that is at risk.

The best mod for your buck is the gutter guard that sleeper has linked.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:24 AM   #7
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Haven't had any issues with mine, and I drive mine daily working in a railyard with a dirt/gravel access road
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:28 AM   #8
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It would be a good idea to add the "gutter guard"..... I haven't yet but will
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:35 PM   #9
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choices to protect AC condenser

Apparently, you can add either the plastic guard, or a lower billet grille. I opted for the grille. From what I have heard (and I admit my ignorance), doing both is redundant.
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Installed the gutter mesh on mine. Judging my the massive amount of bugs and debris that I routinely clean off of it, I would say it's definitely good at protecting the exposed parts. Cheap to do, actually looks pretty good and does the job.
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