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Old 06-18-2001, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default exhaust heat sheilds

I am on my 2nd subaru w/ chronically loose exhaust heat sheilds. I have tightened them myself and had the dealer do it, but w/o fail they are loose again in a couple months. I am thinking about removing them, but don't want to set my car on fire or anything like that...does anyone have any idea if removing them will cause problems or have any idea how to permanently solve this? Also, someone suggested to me that older subes had double tubed exhaust, and the inside tube could be rusting apart and rattling around. Is this true of a 97 legacy?
97 Legacy 2.5 GT
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Old 06-18-2001, 07:39 PM   #2
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I truly feel your pain on my 97 L its doing the same damb thing. I have not had the time to tighten it up the heat sheilds. One thing you might try is meatal ties, like the hose clamps.

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Old 06-19-2001, 12:18 AM   #3
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Hose clamps worked for me! It is worth a try.
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Old 06-19-2001, 02:27 AM   #4
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Put thread lock on the bolts when you tighten them down. The heavy duty kind will hold like crazy.
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Old 06-19-2001, 08:32 PM   #5
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I was just talking last night with a friend of mine who used to work at a Subaru dealer. He said they constantly had cars in to take care of those damn heat shield rattles. In some cases, when nothing else worked, he would put an exhaust clamp on there and just crush the heat shield onto the pipe so it couldn't rattle. Primitive, but it worked, so maybe an exhaust clamp or hose clamp (as suggested above) is the trick. I know I've been fighting rattles for a while now, and I did manage to fix two of them in the past week. I still have one on the header, but my MRT exhaust should finally be here in a couple weeks, so I'm not going to bother trying to fix the last rattle.

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