i was just about 2 ask about this as the heat shield on my nova is loose at 1 side and is rattleing against the backbox n wondered if i could take it off? so will it b safe 2 remove the heat shield on my nova? sorry forgot 2 mention my nova is now a 1.2i not a carb n the haynes manual says the heat shield shudn't b left off so ne gen?
Mk 2&3 Cavaliers had a problem with heat from the back box melting the sound insulation in the boot. This only happened during long periods of high power (relatively). The heat shields were introduced on other models to prevent this problem.
Whether to replace the shield depends on what you carry in your boot but it will get hotter without the shield.