Heat shield on my '00 Ford Focus

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#1

My heat shield was loose and my dealer said it should be fine, but then it stormed and driving home I ran over a branch and when I got home I noticed the heat shield was ripped and dragging on the ground. It is pretty torn up and I’m thinking of just taking it off. Am I allowed to take it off? If so how should I go about taking it off?


#2

The heat shield is probably spot welded onto the exhaust system.

If you wiggle it back and forth, at some point the heat sheild will break off.

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