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Old 09-11-2007, 04:15 PM   #1
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Ok, I've been reading a lot about removing the heat shields around the exhaust and so yesterday I put the car up on the jack stands to have a look just for fun and to fiddle around and see what I would have to do. Well, I gave taking the shields off a try but the bolts are rather snug (more like impossible). So I just gave up and looked around under there. While I was under there I spun the front wheels maybe 2 rotations because it was sort of cool to see the other side to spin the opposite way. I figured it wouldn't be bad for it but just in case, I spun it the opposite way twice to sort of counter act what I had done.


Well, now there's a rattling noise whenever the car is going slow and accelerating. There's really only two options as two what I had done under there. I highly doubt I loosened the shielding much (the bolt did NOT turn at all). But I also fear that spinning the wheels for that very little bit was a really bad idea.


Now what should I do? Should I completely remove the shields or maybe try to tighten them? Or should I have my local car mechanic take a look at the car as I am friends with them and they could have a looksy for free.
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Old 09-11-2007, 04:29 PM   #2
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Take it to a mechanic for free if you have that option.
I asked the dealership to fix the rattle on the heatshield they charged me $100...i know it was such a stupid idea...and after a year it came back. Just take it off...Everyone took their's off.
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Old 09-11-2007, 04:43 PM   #3
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Rotating your wheels did zero harm. Tugging on the heatshields probably made them worse. You can get some hose clamps from the store and clamp the shields more tightly. It will help for a while at least.
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Old 09-11-2007, 04:48 PM   #4
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Its kinda pointless to try to tighten things yourself down there because its almost guaranteed that the bolts are rusted. I payed about 10-20 bucks for a mechanic to lift up the car and bang on each heatsheild till it was obvious which one did it, then he had to take a circular saw and chop it off cause it wasn't coming out otherwise.

Heres a video of my rattle btw
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hbEeYw9v4Mk
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Old 09-11-2007, 05:00 PM   #5
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Its kinda pointless to try to tighten things yourself down there because its almost guaranteed that the bolts are rusted. I payed about 10-20 bucks for a mechanic to lift up the car and bang on each heatsheild till it was obvious which one did it, then he had to take a circular saw and chop it off cause it wasn't coming out otherwise.

Heres a video of my rattle btw
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hbEeYw9v4Mk
Awesome! That's exactly what mine sounds like. Well, tomorrow I will schedule them to hack off the offending (and embarrassingly annoying) shield.


I was getting really worried that I had truly done something bad by spinning the tires.
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Old 09-11-2007, 10:44 PM   #6
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Short-bladed sawzall, some gloves, a little bit of elbow grease and you're done.
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