Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Ontario, Canada
1) it's literally 2 relatively small bolts. The shield is made of flexible plastic (I highly doubt you could break it without trying to break it), and you'd know as soon as you pull it off. Something would be either making noise (something is not quite right) or no noise (something was simply touching the cover making it rattle).
2) I, being me owning a ford ranger truck that typically rattles and makes noise anyway, Would pull the ancient trick of "if you can't hear it, everything is good" - aka the 'turn up the radio to drown out the growling bearing' trick. We don't have radios (well, comm units aside), but we CAN make the exhaust louder to drown it out.
Personal motto - When in doubt...Should be fine.