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heat shield above catalysator

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The heat shield above the exhaust pipe/catalysator (whats the term in english?) was completely loose just resting on top of the pipe and it made a really bad noise / shaking

So I went under the car trying to fix it back in place but was impossible due to all the rust so I simply removed it altogether. Im now wondering if it was smart to do, what purpose does it have? To protect some parts under the car, or just to spread the heat evenly (like when parking in grass etc)?
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So I probably should put it back then. The problem is not the shield as much as the screws holding the bolts in place, they have almost rusted clean trough.. will need to find a way to secure it in position.

xvvvz: So you have been driving around without the shield? How long, any problems? Did the dealer say it was totally safe without the shield?
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