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OP, Here's an example of a plastic engine cover on my 2001 VW Jetta VR6: I can't speak for your car in particular (unless you specify what it is), but in my case it has a number of non-critical functions: Aesthetics. This looks far nicer than seeing a bunch of exhaust headers (stock ones are never pretty), oil seepage on my valve cover, fuel injection ...
I believe the most common use is noise reduction. As engines got smaller they rev'd higher. The mufflers got moved to the back of the car. No more engine exhaust roar. The result is engine buzz,noise,clacks etc. The cover muffles the injector clicks,belt noise etc. It also just looks cooler to see Vortec, Turbo,SFI .
Even though we all laughed at him, a friend used the As-Seen-On-TV Suction cup dent puller and it actually popped the dent in his quarter panel. It is not perfect, but it did it to his satisfaction. You could also take the inside door panel off to be able to push it from the other side as well.
Meguiars and Turtle Wax have both been making all kinds of plastic cleaners and protectants for a long time, and something like ultimate black is probably one of your best bets. Ideally though, you would have been applying some of this stuff to your bike for the last 13 years to prevent fading in the first place. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a ...
I have a VW Jetta 1.8T. The factory service manual produced by Bentley (for Volkswagen) specifically calls this component the upper sound absorber panel. To an extent, these are eye candy, but their primary function is for sound dampening. That being said, I know many people remove them when they are displaying aftermarket components, or keep their valve ...
I would recommend an adhesive that is designed for headliners (ala Permatex). An alternative to this would be contact cement, although you might have some bleedthrough. If the headliner has stretched with age you might need to buy a new headliner.
You want to make sure your calipers are PERFECTLY clean. If they're rusty, clean them off with a wire brush attached to a drill. Use a degreaser to make sure the surface is perfectly clean - otherwise you risk having the paint peel/flake in the future. Then use a proper brake caliper paint that is rated at extremely high temperatures. Do several coats ...
My advice is to not spend too much time on trying to reattach it with spray on adhesives. I once removed a headliner and then scrapped all the loose foam off. Then sprayed and glued it back on. It lasted a few months, if that long. I got another car reupholstered professionally and it cost less that I thought it would and it was beautiful.
Had this problem once too in a older truck. There are a few options: Reupholster it. You could do this yourself, or have it professionally done. If you were to do it, you would need to remove the trim pieces in the inside along the roof, and then remove the fabric. It may be attached to the sheet metal with some plastic clips. You will want to save as ...
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