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Old 02-11-2014, 07:26 PM   #1
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Mystery Panel

It's funny how you don't notice something, but once you see it, it becomes obvious.

On our new to us 2003 40 MDTS, there's a 20" x 14" panel hidden in the carpet between the bed and wardrobe. This panel has a tag to lift it out. When I remove the panel, I see it's only a couple inches thick and has heat shielding on the bottom of the panel.

It rests against a metal panel with four square head screws. My guess is that the metal panel is an access to something. Before I start taking things apart, I thought I would ask here - what is this mystery panel?
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You might find the engine compartment below the metal.
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It's most likely engine access. Remove the plate and see what's under it. Might be useful to know some day.
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Mystery Solved

I pulled up the carpeted panel, then removed four S2 square drive screws from the plate underneath. I pulled out the plate and saw the rear of the engine and transmission bell housing. It looks like youu could also access the turbo from here.

I don't see any need to remove this plate unless you're performing extensive engine/transmission work, such as, unit removal or exhaust manifold removal.
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