Small rattle turned into larger rattle turned into something dragging on the ground. Random guy said it was the heat shield for the catalytic converter. Yes the sound is bad enough two strangers have pointed it out to us. (Note: In September, something fell of the car while driving that looked like a shield. For various reason, we never did anything about it. Google says heat shields are in two parts, so may this may have been it.)
DH generally adopts an ostrich-like approach to car repairs - if the car is still moving, he won't do anything (take it in or fix it). Is this hard to do by ourselves (outside, in a boston-winter)? How long would it take? (We're in a bit of a time crunch with plans to drive north to visit family on Christmas, and only a few hours free this weekend.) I assume we'd need to buy a jack for it plus any tools, since I've never done anything for a car before. Is it an expensive/lengthy repair if we are unmustachian and take it into a shop?
Honda Civic 2002