Originally Posted by The Evil Twin
No, that is not right. Looks like it was not cleaned prior to installing the shield and the adhesive did not stick. My dealer (or so it looks) cleaned the entire area. I actually wiped down the rest of the engine bay because I realized how dirty it was compared to the area in which they worked!
Just had this brake booster safety recall done. I was going to wait for the alleged new shield Chrysler has rumored to be in the parts pipeline but cold weather is coming real soon and I found a local dealer that had these kits in stock ready to go.
My shield was installed like the one you have pictured........... and sorry to let you know but that IS NOT installed correctly. The foam tabs should not
wrap around to the front of the brake booster. Your dealer's tech may have been neat, and cleaned the booster real well but he obviously didn't follow Chryslers recall instructions on how to position this shield to prevent water from seeping into it!
If the two front adhesive tabs wrap around the front of the booster the shield has not been properly positioned on the booster
to prevent water from seeping into it, leading to corrosion and booster failure. The foam tabs should sit flush with the front of the booster which allows the foam shield to cover the back 3/4 's of the booster all the way to the firewall.
Post # 46 of this thread by silvermax shows a pic of the booster shield installed correctly and positioned properly as spec'd by Chrysler in the safety recall instructions provided to their dealer network.
In fact the foam shield when installed correctly should be contacting the engine bay firewall
so that no water can drip onto the booster from the water drain in the windshield cowling above and to the right of the booster. There are two windshield cowling drains found on the lower right and left sides of the windshield just where the fenders end, below and just behind the two most rearward points of the hood.
Hoping for the job to be done right, but fully expecting crappy dealer service especially from the dealer that had this kit in stock. (Not a good reputation at all)...... before I brought it in for the booster recall I removed the windshield cowling & thoroughly cleaned and degreased the booster just in case I had to peel back the foam shield tabs and reposition the shield if it was installed incorrectly.
And sadly that's exactly what I had to do.
My foam shield was not positioned correctly as the two tabs were wrapped around the front of the booster (like the one pictured above
) and the rear of the booster was still exposed to the cowl drain
on the drivers side.
The entire reason for this safety recall was to prevent water from entering your booster and freezing, leading to booster failure. If the shield isn't installed correctly the booster will not be protected from water damage and potential failure down the road. IT MUST CONTACT THE REAR OF THE FIREWALL to not allow any water runoff from the windshield cowl drain to seep into the booster! If the front adhesive tabs of the shield are wrapping around the front of the booster, it has been installed incorrectly and needs to be pushed further back onto the booster until it contacts the rear engine bay firewall, fully protecting it from water runoff from the drivers side windshield cowl drain.
Once again Chrysler has come up with a BS, cheap and easy "fix" to remedy poorly designed and cheaply constructed components that their dealer network seems to be unable to even install correctly. That's even if you can get a dealer to perform this "safety recall" without having to wait 6 months for the part!