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A3 2003 Identify this part please

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Old 06-03-2017, 01:06 PM
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Default A3 2003 Identify this part please

Hi all,
my daughters A3 has developed an annoying rattle under the exhaust.
I have identified the culprit but do not know what this part is called it sits in a under the pipe and its rattling on its brackets. Anyone know what the correct name for this part is please. Circled in the pic.



Thanks in advance for any help.
 
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Old 06-03-2017, 08:57 PM
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This is a catalytic converter heat shield. The older models had those to protect the catalytic converters as well as making sure they keep/reach optimal temperature.
Considering the age - most likely something rusted off. Either the nuts/screws came loose or are missing or the welding has rusted off.
I would weld it back together (might want to have a shop do it, if you don't feel comfortable) since the rust probably killed the thread which means a replacement nuts/screw will not hold anymore.
 
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Old 06-04-2017, 04:22 AM
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Hi,

Thanks for your comprehensive answer much appreciated.
 
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