A publisher of repair manuals reports that owners are discouraged by plastic engine covers.
The CEO provides some amusing alternative uses for the covers.
Covers can be removed without voiding a car's warranty.
You can still purchase guides to fixing your car, and Haynes Manuals will be happy to sell them to you.
But the company asked customers what's keeping from getting under the hood — the survey was "informal" — and the answer wasn't surprising.
That hunk of plastic covering the engine.
"You won't fix what you can't see," J Haynes, CEO of Haynes Publishing said in a statement.
"Most people don't realize that removing a few simple screws will provide easy access to undercover workings of their engine and allow them to work on their own cars and save lots of hard-earned money," he added. "We say there's no need to fear the plastic engine cover."