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Cat. converter Heat Shield
Few days ago I noticed a new rattle from underneath the car, only when I start the car cold, and only for a split second...right when the engine engages. Of course the logical thought was something with the muffler.
I took it in to a local shop where I usually do stuff on my cars for brakes and asked him to look at it.
He said it was the heat shield, he took it off.
I said "O.K...what do you mean took it off? Don't we need it?"
He said "nah, we always do it. It gets rusted, it starts to fall off, we take if off. You can replace it, but it's a lot of money".
We never got into the "how much", but since he is not a young kid and he's been around for "quite some time", I believe he knows what he's talking about.
That being said, can anyone shed some light on the following:
What is this for to begin with?
If we can get rid of it so easily (and I read in other posts that I am not the first one), why do we have it in the first place?
What damage, if any, can be caused by the lack of a heat shield?
2005 Accord EX I-4 Graphite Pearl
2013 Accord EX Modern Steel Metallic