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post #17 of (permalink) Old 17th October 2008
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Unless the heatshiled is badly corroded or mangled they can usually be repaired using a few additional washers and nuts, etc. I would think the cars manufacturer designed and fitted it for some good reason. Although the car may run OK without - it does help a bit to reduce cabin noise and it also may be protecting cables or pipes whch run nearby.
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