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Old 04-Oct-2005, 09:13 AM
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Heatshield problem?

I've had a rattling sound in my car at 19 km/h, 39 km/h, 59 km/h etc.

I've been told that this is my heatshield.

My question is should I just get it removed? what are the pro's and cons? or is there any other way of fixing this annoying rattling sound?
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Old 04-Oct-2005, 09:48 AM
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From what I've been told, a heat shield cuts the chances of the grass catching fire if you park on grass.

To me, that makes a bit of since since it absorbs all that heat but then again I might be wrong or 1% right.

Here's what webster's says on heat shields.

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n.
A barrier that prevents the heating of a space or an object by absorbing, reflecting, or dissipating external heat, especially a protective structure on a spacecraft or missile that dissipates heat on atmospheric reentry by melting and vaporizing.

Note: I also notice the rattle sound of the heat shield whenever I hit 2500 rpms. A Honda tech said a clamp "might" solve the problem but who knows, I'm sure someone here would know more.
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Old 04-Oct-2005, 11:21 AM
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rip it off, don't park on grass.
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Old 04-Oct-2005, 03:04 PM
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everything is there for a reason. Which heat shield are we talking about here? the one for the cat?
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i had same problem. been cut off since spring. its survived the summer. for the record: havent parked on grass
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cut em off, obviously they are there for a reason, but i personally woudn't pay to get them replaced when getting them cut off has been serving me well so far and is also FREE
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If it's the heat shield for the Catalytic Converter ... you don't need it. Mine was rattling too and so I had it removed.

If you're talking about the heat shield inside the engine (above the headers) I had a problem with that rattling a few years back and Honda replaced it for free. Apparently there was a recall or something on it and fortunately for me the car was still under warranty.
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