2002-Accent heat protector plate falling off.

Discussion in 'Hyundai Accent' started by jukos, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. jukos

    jukos Guest

    This small plate on the front of the engine surrounding the oxygen sensor
    has started to rattle and is threatening to fall off due to the rust
    occurring around the bolt holes holding it on. I have tried to remove the
    bolts but they are seized on pretty good, so I asked the dealer what might
    be done about this and his response was that it could take a few hours.
    So, at $80 cdn an hour that would be around $240. Has anyone had this
    happen? I'm wondering if I can just rig it in place somehow.
    jukos, Sep 12, 2006
  2. jukos

    hyundaitech Guest

    It sounds like you're describing the manifold heat shield. If it comes
    off, the heat could damage nearby components (but obviously not the oxygen
    sensor because it's already screwed into the manifold).
    hyundaitech, Sep 12, 2006
  3. jukos

    jukos Guest

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, it is the heat shield. Any suggestions as to
    how to get this off myself or would I be better off letting the dealer do
    it. I have heard that some penetrating oil that is allowed to work for a
    while may help loosen things up so that I can at least get the bolts of to
    replace the shield. Thoughts?
    jukos, Sep 13, 2006
  4. jukos

    hyundaitech Guest

    You can try penetrating oil, but it's unlikely it'll be able to get under
    the bolts far enough to help lubricate the threads. It can't hurt,

    The bolts are usually pretty tight after the rust sets in. You can try to
    remove them with a ratchet, reasonably long extension, and a *6-point* 12mm
    socket. If they break loose, they'll probably unscrew easily after that.
    If they just plain break, that's a problem. It'll make it pretty near
    impossible to install a new heat shield (or keep it from rattling if not
    all of them break).
    hyundaitech, Sep 14, 2006
  5. jukos

    jukos Guest

    Thanks for the input, I guess I will have to pay the piper ..errr uhmmm ..
    the dealer.

    jukos, Sep 18, 2006
  6. jukos

    hyundaitech Guest

    Just to be clear, if you're fairly experienced with automotive work, the
    chances of broken bolts will be about the same with you as they are with a
    hyundaitech, Sep 18, 2006
  7. jukos

    Nick Guest

    I'm not sure if it'll work, but you can try getting some Kroil or PB blast and
    see if that helps. Make sure you soak it every 15 minutes for about an hr or two
    and let it sit overnight (without going anywhere in that car obviously). If this
    doesn't work, then depending on what the shop will do (if there is room), is
    that they'll use a acetylene torch to get the bolt to expand and contract a few
    times and that should get the bolt off.

    Also check to see if this may still be covered under warranty. On my sister's 99
    Elantra the exhaust manifold was cracked and the part as well as the shield was
    covered for free.

    Nick, Sep 19, 2006
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