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Heat shields / splash shields... I can't find any consistency? by 82-T/A [At Work]
Started on: 01-05-2010 03:42 PM
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Hey guys,

I've had a few Fieros over the past several years. I still have my very first Fiero, but I've noticed that it's missing some heat shields that some other Fieros had. I'm wondering if any heat shields were removed as part of the various recalls, or if maybe some where added? Or... maybe they were specific as to whether or not it had a stick shift or not?

For example... my original Fiero is a 1987 Fiero SE / V6 with an automatic.

I picked up a 1987 Fiero SE 5-Speed V6 a few years ago. I couldn't get a title for it, so I ended up chopping the car up and giving away most of the parts. I saved the suspension, cross member, etc.. and I noticed that on this 5-Speed Fiero, there is an aluminum splash shield that bolts to the cradle directly underneath where the engine accessory belt is located. I'm assuming this is to help deflect water from splashing up and hitting it.

None of my other Fieros have had this???

I also noticed that SOME Fieros had an alternator heat shield attached to the back of the alternator, while others had the shield attached to the exhaust manifold.

Does anyone know if there was any ryme or reason for these changes? They don't seem to be totally year specific from what I can tell...
Thanks,

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I know this is OT but could you post a pic of the shield attached to the back of the starter? I'm thinking this is what I need to find to stop my starter from overheating.

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Report this Post06-07-2010 03:18 AM Click Here to See the Profile for KitskaboodleClick Here to Email KitskaboodleSend a Private Message to KitskaboodleDirect Link to This Post
In regard to the alternator heat shield missing:
I believe these go "MIA" because their a little difficult to re-install
after an alternator change. (even though their only one bolt as I recall)
So, many leave it off.....
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Originally posted by 82-T/A [At Work]:

I also noticed that SOME Fieros had an alternator heat shield attached to the back of the alternator, while others had the shield attached to the exhaust manifold.



The 88s had the heat shield attached to the exhaust manifold; the earlier years had it attached to the back of the alternator.

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Report this Post06-07-2010 08:12 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 82-T/A [At Work]Send a Private Message to 82-T/A [At Work]Direct Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by bulldog85043:

I know this is OT but could you post a pic of the shield attached to the back of the starter? I'm thinking this is what I need to find to stop my starter from overheating.

Thanks!



I don't think they ever HAD a heat shield on the starter. The car came with heat shields almost everywhere... but not on the starter. That said, it doesn't seem to be in any spot that's overly complicated, so you could probably install one from another vehicle. They also sell a starter heat shield that basically wraps around it from Summit Racing: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/THE-14150/ (30 bucks shipped)

As for the heat shields on the rest of the car (as per my original post back in January), I'm just going to ceramic coat my exhaust manifolds. I'll install the heat shield on the back, but I won't install one on the front. However, I will install it on the alternator though simply becuase it's so close to the manifold that I still think it'll need it.

I still haven't seen another car with that splash shield installed on the cradle (to deflect water and such from the accessory belts). I'm definitely going to install that in my 87 when I finally get to that area...

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Originally posted by 82-T/A [At Work]:
...I've noticed that it's missing some heat shields that some other Fieros had. I'm wondering if any heat shields were removed as part of the various recalls, or if maybe some where added? Or... maybe they were specific as to whether or not it had a stick shift or not?

I also noticed that SOME Fieros had an alternator heat shield attached to the back of the alternator, while others had the shield attached to the exhaust manifold.

Does anyone know if there was any ryme or reason for these changes? They don't seem to be totally year specific from what I can tell...
Thanks,


Phrased a bit more generally than what you observed in your latest post, there are at least two non-production-related reasons for the differences you've observed at the outset of your thread here re the presence or absence of a specific heat shield:
  1. The Fiero may no longer need some particular heat shield where it did previously as a result of a different modification its owner made to it (as was the case with mine after I got ceramic-coated Sprint headers from the Fiero Store for it).
    OR
  2. The Fiero may now need some particular heat shield where it didn't previously as a result of a different modification its owner made to it (as was the case with mine after I got a larger Y-pipe for it which came uncomfortably close to another part).
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