2015 Ford F-150: Foam Strip Vacates the Cowl Area
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on March 29, 2016
Immediately after taking our long-term 2015 Ford F-150 to the car wash, I noticed a little something fluttering in the breeze near the base of the windshield. It would pop up at about 20 mph and twerk vigorously like one of those inflatable noodle dudes you see at car dealerships. At the time I couldn't tell what it was since it would fall out of view behind the wiper every time I came to a stop signal.
Once parked, I clambered out to identify and remove said offending detritus. Because the hood of the truck is so tall, I couldn't get a good look at it. So I simply reached over the cowl and plucked out what I thought was a piece of debris.
Turns out it was part of the truck.
Specifically, it was a four-inch long piece of a foam strip that presumably became dislodged during the car wash.
Here's the (former) location of said strip. That's the cowl panel you see there. The slot is our beloved foam strip's former home (pour a little out):
As you can see from the lead photo, the foam strip is now torn (oops). There's no reinstalling this guy.
The foam is far too lightweight to be a part of a substantial gasket or seal. More likely it is some noise abatement measure. At least that's what I've talked myself into anyway. We'll have it looked into during the truck's next service.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 32,588 miles.