stripped the entire system out of my '98 back in about 2000. Kept getting rocks stuck in it (gravel driveway). Haven't had a single problem since, or even a single time where I wish I had it. Plus, it's fun to freak passengers out on the highway with it.I gotta disagree! You must be a Cougar fan LOL!
Just get in there and clean and inspect, and replace if necessary.