Subaru Forester Owners Forum banner
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
'08 Forester 2.5X Sports 5MT
Joined
·
148 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm trying to diagnose some nasty rear end rumbling, and came across the rear-most heatshield (the one with 4 bolts, above the muffler and hanging between muffler and gas tank).


Two of the bolts had rust around them and the tin was rattling loose something fierce! Is it OK to remove this heat shield and not replace? I took it off, but those two bolts were rusted tight and the raised metal they attach to ended up twisting...I've read tons of "lets remove all the heatshield" posts on the forums, but haven't found one yet that addresses this heat shield specifically, and I'm kinda worried about the gas tank being right there, as well as the rear cargo area getting more heat (I have a sub amp in the styrofoam area).
 

·
Registered
2015 Forester 2.5i CVT
Joined
·
984 Posts
Regardless of gas tank above the shield or not, I would not remove any heatshields, carpet can catch on inside the car plus gas is nothing to play with around fire or exhaust heat. ;-) Find a way to reinstall a proper heatshield....I hate road salting, that's what AWD, chains and snow tires are made for.
 

·
Premium Member
2019 Crosstrek 2018 Forester XT
Joined
·
15,259 Posts
Use large hose clamps. You may need to piece a couple together.
 

·
Registered
'08 Forester 2.5X Sports 5MT
Joined
·
148 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks guys, but a little late on the recommendations haha - I removed it a few months ago. I did try hoseclamps on the manifold, unfortunately didn't stop the rattles there either...so those heatshields are gone too. I'll be very careful where I park.
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top