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Old 05-13-2014, 09:00 PM   #1
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Rattly exhaust/muffler heat shield?

In preparation for a trip with my dogs, I just (5 minutes ago) pulled the rear carpet out of my 2-door today. When I closed the tailgate I noticed a really unnerving rattle - the heat shield above the muffler. I tapped a bit on the rear floor and noticed it rattling with very gentle tapping. Got under the Jeep and flicked it... sure enough, rattles. I reached up above it since everything was cool but none of the nuts holding it in place (that I could reach) feel loose at all.

I haven't noticed it while driving yet, but I'm sure I'll be listening for it tomorrow.

Is this normal? I can't tell if it's actually vibrating against something, or just resonance and angles and whatnot. I've got 4,000 miles and would be upset, though not surprised, if something's broken.

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Mine did the same thing last week.
The shield dropped onto the muffler on one side. It sounds like yours is getting loose. Mine broke around the washer. I am guessing yours is starting to break if the bolts are tight.

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Mine did the same thing last week.
The shield dropped onto the muffler on one side. It sounds like yours is getting loose. Mine broke around the washer. I am guessing yours is starting to break if the bolts are tight.
Out of curiosity, how many miles did yours break at? Seriously, 3800 miles and a busted rattly shield is going to ruin my lovely day.
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DISREGARD EVERYTHING, I LOCATED THE PROBLEM

There was a freakin' pebble sitting on top of it. Found it while I was tapping to see if I could find the loose/broken attachment point.
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