Lets put it this way, many vehicles will be safe with a heat shield
missing (some will not be though) but remember that most manufactures
will save production costs if at all possible - such as by not
fitting a plain washer to a bolt, or using a smaller bolt, for
example - do you think that they would go to the cost (both material
and production) of fitting a heat shield if it wasn't necessary to
have it on the vehicle?...
Well, that is what I was thinking and hence was surprised when I was
told it might not be necessary.
My brother was told the same thing when his Fiat Punto heat shield
Hence was wondering what others thought
Remember that most 'mechanics' in the UK (excluding those who are
nearer their retirement than apprenticeship) are nothing more that
fitters with (sometimes very) limited knowledge of the theory side of
vehicle design - many of those who work in the 'Fast Fit' industry
have not done a full apprenticeship... :~(
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
saying something like:
I agree. Manufacturers don't give you something if they consider it
unnecessary. It might only be necessary 5% of the time, but if they
didn't fit it they might be liable for damages if something caught fire.
Couldnt have put it better myself. I have removed most heat shields
from my car (long story,its no longer anything like standard) but when
i took each one off i monitored the temperature of the surrounding
parts for days afterwards and lagged those i thought may suffer. Your
other option is to use exhaust lagging,you can buy a bit of this for
<20 quid and wrap the bit the heat shield came off. This is used on
performance cars and is standard practice.
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