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Old 08-18-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default Mice in the Vents?

So I think while I was on a week-long work trip some mice made a nest in my air vents. When I turned my car on after getting home I had this lovely "dead smell" coming though the vents. It went away after a few moments only to resurface again a day or so later. Now there's a slight flicking or creeking sound coming from under the dash. Where do I even start looking for a nest inside my 2005 WRX!?!?
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:35 PM   #2
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Try looking in the vents just below the windshield on the outside. If nothing, you can try opening up the cabin air filter door(if so equipped). I think on a wrx, they're behind the glove box.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:50 PM   #3
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Get a small cat?.
A blow gun may help find it. I'd buy some mouse traps too.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:14 PM   #4
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ya GONNA HAVE TO take the whole bloody thing apart and clean it out

there is NO easy way to do this
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:26 PM   #5
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there is no easy way. I would start pulling and looking in the vents to see if I see anything. Good luck.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:16 AM   #6
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Might want to pull the cover off around the vents above the radio trim piece. When I took mine off there was mouse poop on top of the din pocket.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:04 PM   #7
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You could take the vents off and slide a flex hose(one that would fit in there). Try vaccume it out. Check the filter Box behind the glove box.
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Old 08-31-2009, 04:49 PM   #8
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The noise hasn't come back and the smell happened one more time in the early morning maybe a week or so ago. I do more investigating just to be sure.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:39 PM   #9
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leave them there... they keep u company!
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:41 PM   #10
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In the future, leave the hood cracked open with a 2x4 laid on it's side if you'll be gone for more than a week. The mice like it in the engine compartment because it's dry, and no breeze. Then they find their way into your vents.

I had an old '88 GL10 wagon that sat outside for almost two years. Mice got in the vents and also ate EVERY wire under the hood down to the connections. Couldn't even tell what color the wires were anymore since they gnawed it down to the connectors. THAT was a FUN project, lol. Nothing like making your own complete wiring harness from scratch
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:00 AM   #11
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Oh no.. That happened to a car my brothers and I inherited from my grandmother.. A 1976 Ford Granada. The dealership tore the dash apart and took out 3+ paper shopping bags full of fried mice, mouse nest, mouse crap, and a few wires. Every time that car got up to temp, it just stunk..

This reminds me to keep a cat in the garage this winter!
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:51 PM   #12
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Next time you leave the car, try covering the intake openings and vent covers with a dryer sheet. I've heard from a lot of people over the last few years that this keeps the buggers out.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:32 AM   #13
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This happened to my car after sitting all summer. I was able to get the vents cleared up by removing the cabin air filter. I also am a Mazda technician and can say that nine times out of ten when I have ran into this issue at work, removing the cabin air filter and using a shop vac has cured the issue. Just be glad they didnt get above your headliner....
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:20 PM   #14
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This happened to my car after sitting all summer. I was able to get the vents cleared up by removing the cabin air filter. I also am a Mazda technician and can say that nine times out of ten when I have ran into this issue at work, removing the cabin air filter and using a shop vac has cured the issue. Just be glad they didnt get above your headliner....
I saw this issue a few weeks ago. A whole family of baby pinky mice & the mother dead. Smelt terrible..all in the cabin air filter.

Then another car where the rats chewed the wiring harness..
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