2013 Ford Escape: subbing insulative wrap for a heat shield

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#1

Heat shield above the catalytic converter is shredded and falling off. Can I just remove it, and cover the catalytic converter with some high temp insulative wrap with hose clamps?


#2

Nope. There is an air gap between the converter and the heat shield. The air flow between the two provides a lot of the cooling/insulation. If you wrap the converter, even only at the top, you will contain the heat, might even make it worse. I doubt a hose clamp would survive the heat anyway.


#3

Makes sense. Air flow is essential for heat shields around wood stoves, so it would logically apply here as well. Static build up is not safe. Follow up question: if I order the right part, can this be installed without removing the exhaust line?


#4

You don’t want a fire or a melted cat. The wrap isn’t high-temp enough anyway.