DS front fender vents.
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    Default DS front fender vents.

    Hi all

    what was the purpose of these front fender vents?

    Just curious.

    Matthew

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    ...additional cooling, I believe, by letting more air flow through the engine bay...

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    Yes. Only on DS19, only from late 1959 to late 1962. I don't think they did much. The air flow and cooling problems were solved properly by the fully enclosed air duct into the radiator in late 1962. Pre-1962 cars had only a pathetic little air deflector plate. Having said that, I have never had a cooling problem on my 1959 DS19, and I haven't had the radiator cleaned out either.

    I wouldn't bother installing them in a car that didn't have them. I am not sure how they would work in later cars anyway, becasue the shape of the inner guards is quite different. First front guards don't have the ventilation tubes, they have large metal ducts instead. Early Dees are much better ventilated than later ones, and early DSes are much better heated than later Dees.

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    Perhaps I'm looking at the wrong part, but if the vents referred too the squarish twin ducts they were, from memory, cooling air delivery for the front brake discs.

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    I think you're looking at the wrong part, fento. His questions was about fender vents, so I presume he means the cendriers in the top of the wings.

    Roger

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    Thanks, Roger,

    You are probably right - and if so I would guess extra cooling being the reason.

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    No no no.
    Those were for cooking ribs with engine heat while you drove.

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    I'm pretty sure it say in the "Original DS" they fitted those vents in an attempt to cool the hydraulic fluid. I'm not sure how this would work. Possibly the biggest issue was sitting stationary in traffic on hot days.

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