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Old 10-26-2011, 05:25 AM
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So this thing flew off on the highway (heat shield? Pic attached)

2001 Accord, 4 cylinder 5 speed manual.






A friend said its no big deal, just have a mechanic weld it or bolt it back on. Is this true?

Obviously, I know very little about cars.

Thanks a bunch for any insight or clarification.
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Re: So this thing flew off on the highway (heat shield? Pic attached)

looks like the heat shield to your cat
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Re: So this thing flew off on the highway (heat shield? Pic attached)

no biggie keep it off lol
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Re: So this thing flew off on the highway (heat shield? Pic attached)

Yeah it's just the heat shield to the catalytic converter. I'd put it back on, Idk what damage it will do leaving it off, but it was obviously put there for a reason.
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Re: So this thing flew off on the highway (heat shield? Pic attached)

It's fine to just leave it off, just don't park over a pile of leaves or dry grass, lol.
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Re: So this thing flew off on the highway (heat shield? Pic attached)

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It's fine to just leave it off, just don't park over a pile of leaves or dry grass, lol.
Wouldn't his cat rust if he left it off and drove over water? I would find someone to put it back on for you considering the cat gets insanely hot and I wouldn't want the heatsoak to be all over the car after I get out.
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Re: So this thing flew off on the highway (heat shield? Pic attached)

Take a closer look guys. The mounting points for the bolts are rusted away, gone. That's why it came off.


You gonna have to have it spot welded back on. However, those spot welds are probably going to rust and your cat shield is going to fall off again.



Yeah, the cat might rust a lil faster without the heat shield, but that thing has some thick metal in order to deal with the high temps it reaches. Also, there is another heat shield in the same location that is under the "tranny tunnel" or console area.

personally, id leave it off.
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Re: So this thing flew off on the highway (heat shield? Pic attached)

Leave it off, i actually had mine cut off willingly cause it was rattling due to being rusted to hell.
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Re: So this thing flew off on the highway (heat shield? Pic attached)

No need to weld it. Just get two clamps and tension it back in place. Done.
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Re: So this thing flew off on the highway (heat shield? Pic attached)

The amount of things that are put on cars that can be left off without issue is pretty extensive.

This piece is on that list, and you may find, depending on how low you are, that it will take a beating and start to rattle, prompting it's permanent removal anyway.
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