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    "Exhaust Heat Shield" hanging off - dangerous?

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    I saw the plate above hanging below my car last week.
    I figured that it must be some kind of "heat shield" to shield the tyre storage from the hot exhaust, am I right?
    It looks like the plate has sheared off from the bolts which pin it to the tyre storage part. See below (bolts are circled in RED. The arrows show the holes in the "shield" which seem to have 'grown' over time to make the "shield" drop off the bolts - if ya catch ma drift).


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    My questions are:

    1) What is this hanging-off part called? And what is it's purpose?
    2) Is it dangerous hanging off like that?
    3) Estimate price to fix? Or easy DIY?

    Many thanks.

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    Weld it back on, easy stuff, take less that 10mins!

    Oh and get off those double yellows!!!!!
    Coupe Turbo Evolution - 320ps

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    Every mk4 i have had, has had this happen. lie under it and rip it off, if you fancy leaving it on then do the above
    GSi....boosting a' ower yer honda CTR, Vtec this!

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    Thanks for replies.

    I don't have any welding tools.

    If I did "rip it off" will it cause a problem later on down the line with it missing?
    What is its purpose??





    p.s. it's ok to park [momentarily!] on double yellows when waiting for a takeaway

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    easy fix - (if you can get the nuts undone - you need wd40 and patience and either 8 or 10mm ratchet) is to find some large-ish flat washers and put them under the nuts when you reattach the heat shield. hope that makes sense. you could leave it off but its gotta serve a purpose otherwise vauxhall wouldnt have put it there!

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    Probably right, but i ripped that one off, and the one that runs the full length of the exhaust as it was a pain in the ass. 3 years of driving and never had an issue without it
    GSi....boosting a' ower yer honda CTR, Vtec this!

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    As has been said, just a heat shield, either rip it out or get some repair washers and bolt it back in. Mines hanging around on the coupe too, on my vectra they were all ripped out and the only downside (in summer anyway) was some extra heating coming from the centre tunnel.

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    rip it off.
    im on my 3rd mk4 now and they have all done the same and ended up taking them off.

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    id say take it off stupid things make to much noise and plus less weight haha

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    as above just rip it off

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