Originally Posted by VillageT
You live in a climate where it can get hot-I don't suggest eliminating the shield. As I recall the nuts that hold the shield on are (I think) only 8mm. a cheepo box end and your in business. As for the dealer helping for no charge, it is very unlikely but it wont hurt to ask.
Ok thanks. It sucks because I don't have a jack or anything anymore. Hopefully the dealership will help me out. So do you guys think that rattling could be coming from the heat shield? It sounds like its in the engine bay but could the sound be reflecting off the pipes which makes it seem like its coming from the engine?