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Use small self tapping screws to re-attach...If only using it on the street, you can remove the lower portion and put a metal plate on short stand-offs (as a heat sink) between the floor and the cat if the top half is rotted out.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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Why does it feel like my tires are flat when I drive on the highwayin my 2013 Kia Rio when I just got the heat shields replaced because ey won't stay secured correctly? Is there a flaw in the design?


I don't entirely understand your reference to heat shields. The only heat shields I know of are associated with the engine exhaust system. While these can cause problems and make noise they don't affect the ride quality or cornering.

Your description of your tyres feeling flat while driving makes me think it is time to carry out a thorough safety inspection and in particular tyres, wheels, suspension and steering.

The symptom indicates a problem with wear or misalignment of the suspension (including the rear) and/or steering.
A thorough inspection is required to ensure the vehicle is safe. The feeling of flat tyres should ring alarm bells...

If the inspection and alignment check reveals no faults, I suggest you pay attention to the tyres. The symptom could be caused by tyre mismatch.

I have experienced this myself and also a number of cynical customers have, dubious of my diagnosis. One of the most unsafe cars I have ever driven, in theory, had nothing wrong with it. The car would be strongly influenced by minor defects of the road surface so without the driver doing anything at all the car would literally veer across the road by a complete lane. Being in control of the car was less like driving and more like wrestling.
The owner had replaced each tyre as it became worn. The result was four tyres of different manufacture and tread pattern.

Tyres do not travel exactly in the direction they are pointing. The difference between the actual and theoretical direction is called the slip angle. For the best ride quality and predictable braking and steering the slip angle of all four tyres should be identical or similar and that means fitting tyres of the same manufacture and type or at least in identical pairs. If that doesn't happen sometimes the slip angles are not sympathetic but in opposition with the distinctive "flat tyre" symptom, which is relatively rare so it is important to eliminate other possibilities first.

Mar 05, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Why is the area by the pedal so hot?


The most likely reason is when the new cat was installed, the mechanic did not reinstall the stock heat shield that protects the floor from the excessive heat of the catalytic converter. the heat shield either mounts to the floor underneath the car, about the converter, or mounts directly to the converter. Another possibility is that the heat shield was integral to the converter, and the converter that your mechanic installed was a cheap version that did not come with the required heat shield. Either way, I would suggest you try to get the problem resolved, as excessive heat from the converter could cause a whole host of issues.

Jun 30, 2014 | 2006 Nissan Altima

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Metal scraping sound when in reverse


turning? Hmm. sounds like the metal dust shield(s) behind the brake rotor(s) may be making contact with the brake rotor. Sometimes when the wheel is removed, road debris hits the shield, or metal fatigue weakened by heat from the brakes it causes it to bend. easily adjusted by bending away from rotor.

May 08, 2014 | 2001 Dodge Caravan

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When transmission is in drive & brakes are on their is a clanging noise which disappears if I shift into neutral


sounds like a heat shield on the exhaust has happened to me before they get loose and make racket when the vehicle is in gear with the brakes on

Mar 18, 2014 | 2006 Ford Expedition

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How do you remove the catalytic converter heater shield on a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L? I need access to the rear heater lines that may or may not be leaking and they run between the heat shield and...


On most of these heat shields, they are bolted on, so look for the nuts, then there are some that are attached to the catalytic converter and welded on but you should be able to see if there is a leak, due to the lines wouldn't be so close, but these are known to leak in the area you are talking about like Dodges pick up trucks and vans, on how they run the brake lines up under the gas tank, and are known to rust and leak so more or likely you have a leak

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Rattle noise in the trunk area


Spare wheel?? Jack kit?? Exhaust heat shield?? Brake pads rattling in calipers?? Try pressing the brake whilst goin over the bump, then handbrake (slowly)

Aug 12, 2012 | 2002 Jaguar S-Type

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Rear brakes. is there a heat shield or is it a dust shield


If it is in front of the passenger side rear brake, it is a dust sheild installed in an attempt to keep the brake pads from wearing out prematurely. This does not work very well. Do what I do and double the life of your pads. I remove the lower brake caliper stud and flip up the caliper, remove the pads and swap with the drivers side. The drivers side does not wear for some reason, and you will probably have to squeeze in the caliper for the pads to fit back over the rotor. This only takes 4-5 minutes if you do it every 10k miles or so (keeps everything from rusting stuck). I do it to mine when I do a winter tire changeover.

Dec 21, 2010 | 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche

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How to disconnect the handbrake cable from the trailing arm


There are tie clamps at the rear, but the entire cable is a complicated repair.

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Parking Brake Cable Removal
All vehicles
  1. Remove the floor console. For additional information, refer to Section 501-12 .
  1. Release the parking brake.
  1. NOTE: Leave 5 mm of thread protruding from the nut, to aid with installation.
    Loosen the parking brake cable adjustment nut.
    1. Remove the retaining clip.
    1. Loosen the adjustment nut.
  1. Remove the rear wheels and tires. For additional information, refer to Section 204-04 .
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    Detach the tailpipe and muffler assembly.
    1. Remove the nuts.
    1. Unhook the hanger insulators.
  2. Detach the center hanger insulators.
  3. Remove the exhaust front heat shield.
  4. Remove the exhaust center heat shield.
  5. Detach the exhaust rear heat shield from the floor panel.

Feb 24, 2009 | 2000 Ford Focus

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I am trying to loosen a caliper bleeder valve.


Try hitting the area around the bleeder with a hammer .. it may help .. bleeders are tough if they don't go after being heated/lubed. You could try loosening the line into the caliper .. that may allow enough of a bleed, banking on the fact that there is still brake fluid in that caliper .. otherwise you may end up replacing that caliper.

Feb 20, 2009 | 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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When in drive and idiling ratlling sound from underneath car


That my friend would be a heat shield, happens all the time, there is a slight chance that I could be wrong, but it is going to be either a loose heat shield, or an exhaust clamp. If you jack it up, and are able to get under, look at all of your clamps, and shields above the exhaust. Start playing with them, and you'll find the one. Hope all goes well.

Feb 15, 2009 | 1996 Plymouth Breeze

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