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f'n mouse/mice/rodent inside my air system!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Taco D'Voe, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Dec 5, 2010 at 3:28 PM
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    Taco D'Voe

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    none so far!
    I noticed a stench coming from my vent 2 days ago, pretty soon realized its a rodent of some sort. opened up where the micron filter sits and sure enough its covered in shit and stinks like hell.

    i can't figure out where the little bastard may have gotten in, or if its even in the vent system but any help would be appreciated.

    i bought another filter which came to 40 bucks from the dealership. i want to make sure the thing is dead or long gone before installing this again.


    where should i start looking in the truck for signs of damage or where its living right now??
     
  2. Dec 5, 2010 at 3:34 PM
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    seksilumpia

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    this happened to my moms land cruiser too..the rodents go under the hood because they like the heat from the engine..we found the rat dead inside the intake manifold..id say just make sure your wires are ok,they chew that shit up and you will have severe electric problems..good luck
     
  3. Dec 5, 2010 at 3:46 PM
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    Taco D'Voe

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    none so far!
    i've been looking everywhere but can't see any damage so far. I can't figure out where these things would be getting inside in the first place.
     
  4. Dec 5, 2010 at 3:52 PM
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    '05 4x4 DC LB SR5 (LSD & Tow Pkg), Timbrens, AAL, 5100s (.85), Owned: 12/3/04 Mods: Fog, Map/Dome Light, Illuminated 4wd Switch, Washable Cabin Air Filter
    If it didn't make it through the filter, you should be good. But you might want to take the cowl off below the windshield and have a look in there. There's plenty of room under there and that's how they enter the cabin.

    Here's where they enter under the cowl and it is straight above your cabin filter (notice the lack of a screen):
    [​IMG]

    Might want to add a screen like this:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/89878-made-pre-cabin-air-filter.html
     
  5. Dec 5, 2010 at 9:32 PM
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    tsilliker

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    I recently changed my engine air filter and found a HUGE rodent's nest in there. I'm sure that wasn't too good for performance!
     
  6. Dec 5, 2010 at 9:38 PM
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    How'd you access this space?? I was messing around my cabin filter the other day a noticed it looks like something has been nibbling on it, I'd like to make sure there's nothing taking up residence in my truck that I dont know about
     
  7. Dec 5, 2010 at 9:40 PM
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    ....k nevermind, from under the hood, passenger's side, just below the window...you have to pull off that black plastic grating somehow??
     
  8. Dec 6, 2010 at 6:55 AM
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    Yes. Two plastic pieces at the lower corners of the windshield pop off, then there's a bunch of screws along the edge against the engine bay, and then there's two pop-out rivets: There are two pop-out rivets, one at each corner toward the front by each fender, that look like phillips-head screws. You have to pop them up a little bit then they'll come out (same type of rivet that holds the mudflaps on). Once those are out (along with the windshield wipers), lift the cowl cover up at the engine bay side and slide it out from under the windshield.
     
  9. Dec 6, 2010 at 6:58 PM
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    I opened it up and looked inside today. Surprised first of all to see that there's not much between the engine and that filter but found no sign of anything inside or even any mouse shit.

    I did remove the blower and the old filter, i had to try my best to clean out the blower and everywhere around it cause whatever got inside just hung out for a day or 2 and the whole bottom of the blower was soaked with urine.

    After cleaning out the nasty mess, I've made a temporary filter using a cardboard cutout and a piece of furnace filter stapled on top. Left this on there for now before installing the expensive micron filter in case the bastard comes back.

    The one thing i noticed under the windshield area was two large holes on either end of the truck, i'm pretty sure this is where the rodent's getting in, the holes from the engine bay seem way to small for it to squeeze through. Now where are these openings on the side leading from? looks like they end up somewhere under the wheel well.
     
  10. Dec 7, 2010 at 6:50 AM
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    Those two holes should be the drains for the cowl. You need those or else downpours will fill up that area and lead to water intrusion inside the cab (and into your blower).

    And don't discount the other holes. I once opened the BBQ and turned it on only to see a large rat (at high speed, mind you:D) squeeze up through the grate and hightail it outta there! And the space between the slots was only like an inch. So if a large rat can squeeze through an inch-wide space, imagine how small a space a mouse can squeeze through.

    And, no, I didn't feel much like BBQing that night, so we had something else.
     
  11. Dec 7, 2010 at 7:01 AM
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    Here are some pics of what I had in my intake...on a 'certified vehicle' believe it or not changing air filters is not part of their certified inspection.

    Acorns, and other shit.....WOW...anything to save a buck...

    0717100944.jpg
    1106101352a.jpg
    1106101350.jpg
     
  12. Dec 31, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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    How do you take the windshield wipers off?? I removed the little plastic tabs on the head of the wiper arm and the bolts underneath...but couldn't get the arms off, didn't wanna hurt anyhting, do they just pull off with enough force?? or is there something im not getting, I'm hoping to do this before it gets dark
     
  13. Dec 31, 2010 at 4:04 PM
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    don't take off your windshield wipers man. open the hood, look at passenger side next to the firewall, you'll see the cowl..just move the rubber a bit and you'll reach it just fine
     
  14. Dec 31, 2010 at 4:41 PM
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    aight, I'll try that, I was going off this from an above post
    "....Once those are out (along with the windshield wipers)"
     
  15. Dec 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM
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    The wipers do come off easily, however. Once the bolts are off, they slip right off.
     
  16. Dec 31, 2010 at 5:20 PM
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    weird, mine wouldn't budge once those bolts were off, they just pull straight off, no twisting or anything?
     
  17. Dec 31, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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    They're on grooves so they can get pretty tight on there. Lift them off the windshield first because that will apply pressure to keep them on, then wiggle them back and forth a couple of times to loosen them. They should just lift off after that. You might want to add a piece of tape to the windshield to mark where they rest before removing them...makes it easier to put them back on the same groove.
     
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