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Look at my cabin air filter...

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Offline Flash

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Look at my cabin air filter...
« on: June 20, 2016, 09:59:03 PM »
Changed the cabin air filter in my Tacoma this evening after 18K miles in 11months. At first to my shock I thought a mouse had moved in, but actually it looks like a tissue or wet wipe got sucked in from the floor intake. After moving it out of the way, I could see all the desert debris that came in from somewhere as well. Perhaps all that driving I did on Paint Gap, Croton Springs, Old Ore, Juniper Canyon, and some Glenn Spring Road in the last year!

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Re: pictures of your vehicle in big bend
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2016, 06:09:30 AM »
You sure it is not a mouse?  We have a 2006 Tacoma and apparently they are famous for mice being able to get in.  We have trapped out several mice and thankfully none have died in the system.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: pictures of your vehicle in big bend
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2016, 08:15:42 AM »
Uh-oh, you may be right. That paper material sure is awfully shredded up, now that I stop and stare at the picture. I doubt the fan or anything else in the system did that. Those yellow bits were odd to me because they seemed like a hard foam-like material. ME, did you just set out a wooden mouse trap on the floor board or do something different?

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Re: Look at my cabin air filter...
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2016, 08:23:12 AM »
we slid a glue trap into the slot for the air filter and got them.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
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Re: Look at my cabin air filter...
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2016, 09:30:15 AM »
we slid a glue trap into the slot for the air filter and got them.

Them? How many?
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Re: Look at my cabin air filter...
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2016, 09:31:28 AM »
at least two separate times.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: Look at my cabin air filter...
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2016, 10:38:42 AM »
Wow, between the garage at work, the garage at home, various sports events, BIBE, and the in-law's ranch, I wonder where I picked up the hitchhiker...    :eusa_think:

Lots of stories on the web...  :eusa_doh:
https://www.google.com/search?q=mouse+in+tacoma#q=mouse+inside+my+toyota+tacoma


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Re: Look at my cabin air filter...
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2016, 10:43:05 AM »
Toss a rat snake in the cab and leave overnight.

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Re: Look at my cabin air filter...
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2016, 01:10:34 PM »
This is a common enough phenomenon that there are a host of youtube videos detailing how to get the dead mouse out of your ventilation fan. This happened to my girlfriend a few years ago, during the summer of course, and MAN oh man did it smell bad. The next trick is to spray a bunch of lysol into the intake to know back the smell of putrescence!

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Re: Look at my cabin air filter...
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2016, 02:05:09 PM »
So far I think I lucked out. Made another inspection and everything looks clean and there is no sign of further activity. I think they may have cleared out before I discovered the nest. Have set glue traps in the garage in any case.

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Re: Look at my cabin air filter...
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2016, 02:42:26 PM »
I had a rock squirrel take up residence on the intake manifold of my old Honda Accord.  Had the CEL come on one day, and when I hooked the scanner up, it said something about one of the engine sensors.  So I popped the hood, and BAM, the squirrel jumped out, leaving his nest behind.  Luckily he hadn't chewed any wires, just knocked the connection loose on a sensor.  I cleaned out the nest, and did some research.  What worked for me was putting a dryer sheet where it built the next.  Evidently they don't like the smell and stay away.

 


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