Heat shields are used to keep everything cool and under wraps when you are heating it up on the track or just on the road in a hot part of the country. A heat shield provides necessary protection for your exhaust by trapping up to 60% of the radiant heat to protect your drivetrain from high temperatures. This revolutionary equipment can also keep the heat down in your cockpit, and it’s engineered to withstand the toughest conditions you can throw at it.

Heat shields are meant to protect your exhaust, particulate filters, headers and downpipes. Here are a few tips on what type of heat shield to buy:

  • No asbestos: Get a heat shield with no asbestos, which could rub off and irritate your skin.

  • Quality: Good quality heat shields come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses from ¼” to ½” so it’s easy to trim to fit your pipes.

  • Warranty: Look for a warranty on the part – ensuring that you get a part that fits and works as expected.

  • Ceramic liner: Be sure you’re getting a heat shield with a ceramic liner, built to withstand up to 1800-degree temperatures with no problems. Temperatures can lower by hundreds of degrees by using this type of heat shield.

Whether you’re driving around a hot asphalt track or test-driving for fun or profit in the desert, having a heat shield on your exhaust system will keep your vehicle and occupants safe and cool.

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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Heat Shield and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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