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Weird noise from exhaust

(2003 Oldsmobile Alero)
in Oneonta, NY on January 03, 2011
I have a weird high-pitched noise coming from the exhaust/under car. I know the protective plate fell and is now resting on the exhaust itself, but the noise is mostly coming from the back end part. I can hear just as loud when inside or outside the car only when the engine is on.
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It's hard to say what is wrong without being able to experience the noise first hand or examine the exhaust. I wonder if its a heat shield or the exhaust has become pinched shut and restricted.
on January 03, 2011
It looks like it's a heat shield under there (in the center of the car). But, I think it fell on the exhaust. I'm going to get it fixed this week, but this evening, it started making that continuous noise. Reverse, forward, or parked, when the engine is on, the noise was still the same, not louder or softer.
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