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I have a friend who had a brand new 2004 Saab 9.3 Aero catch on fire because of a squirrel nest that got built in the engine compartment. Little critters can definitely equal big problems with cars.
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The pic is of my '04, and yes, it's ALL open and
interconnected between where your arrows are. And
down into the quarter panels, so screening
all the openings you see still doesn't seal against critters.
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If you managed to screen the *inner* opening where
the actual air inlet is, that would be different. But I don't
see a good way to get in there unless you used some
sort of glue; not a lot of room to work.
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If you live in the desert you may have big packrats too. One built a huge nest on the engine under the hood of my Ford Bronco while I was away for a while. These critters are extremely persistent and destructive, and learn to avoid conventional rat traps - you might catch one...

I now put a sock full of mothballs under the hood if I will be away for a while: the smell is reputed to repel rodents: the mothballs will only last about a month.

I also put a bar of potent rodent killer firmly glued (liquid nails) to a board (so it cant get dragged into an orifice somewhere). In addition, I put a sticky trap under the hood. Better a smell there than inside a AC hose, or extensive chewing on your wires, hoses, etc.

These steps my not protect some intakes, which should be screened, as suggested above (or hang mothballs there).

Put a note on the seat reminding you to remove these obstructions when you return!

I also made a rodent-proof seal for the garage door (rodents chew through the rubber) I bought a 8" roll of aluminum sheet, rolled it lengthwise into a U shape, and then attached it to the garage door with sheet metal screws and washers. The bend in the U accommodates any irregularity in the floor, and leaves no dangerous cut edges.

It is difficult to bend 16' of Al. sheet long ways, and it tears easily because of its springiness - mine did not look pretty, but works. (Rivets tore out, U-clamps did not grip well & I had no help so I could not keep the two edges properly aligned.) You must make the bend before mounting on the door.

If I were doing this again, I would pre-drill bolt holes at 6" intervals, and starting from 1 end, bolt the arms of the U tightly together with short bolts and 2 large washers. This is at least a two-person job to avoid tears & keep the join parallel - one (or more) persons bend, the other tightens the bolts to clamp the two edges of the strip. The more of the length that can be bent in advance of the bolt, the less the chance of a tear. One could remove the bolts one at a time and substitute sheet-metal screws & washer to attach to the door. With help and a power driver this should be a 2-3 hour job. Position so the U is slightly compressed when the door is let down. Next time I might also do this job in 4' overlapping sections - 16' is a dangerous snake.

When finished look for unprotected spots where the door runners are - you may have to improvise with additional aluminium. Have fun!
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Mothballs are hazardous to people health, and are bad if you have cats or dogs that might ride in the car, or be near where the car is.

I think I'd skip the moth balls.

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You are correct about the health hazard if used incorrectly. That's why they are bad for rodents :P

I only put them under the hood. Any vapor dissipates quickly: in fact they only last a month if not sealed. I think that is a safe location. For an air intake area, remove mothballs, turn on vent for a few minutes and leave door open. The stuff is not THAT dangerous.

If I were having serious rodent problems inside the car, I would not hesitate to use them inside. It might drive out an animal you know has taken up residence but can't catch. Again, just air out until the odor disappears. Should't take long.

Everyone has to choose their own solution - but rodents can make you pretty desperate.

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what you really need to watch out for is squirrles!!
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I think you guys must be Humane Society members attracting those cute animals. You're scaring me reading all these mice, rat, and squirrel posts. Just no guinea pigs, please!

Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

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In our 05 Prius the heater/fan started smelling REALLY bad. We took it to the dealer and they found rodent leavings in the blower motor -- cleaned it out and charged us $200. A few days later, it was smelling again. I just got back from the dealer, they had chewed through the air intake filter (again persummably).

If I'm reading the previous posts correctly, the procedure that syncmaster outlined will do no good, per Hobbit -- there are many more openings.

I'm wondering, since there is an air intake filter (that is at least somewhat accessible -- since they did it twice) and the rodents had to chew through it to get in (the service rep said the order is air intakes, air intake filter, blower motor, vent ducts, vents) -- might there be some way to reinforce the the air intake filter -- wire mesh over the filter or something???
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Originally Posted by richard schumacher
Rodents will gnaw things just to keep their ever-growing incisors (front teeth) trimmed to the right length. I had to replace the wiring harness in my Mazda after it was chewed up by a rabbit while I was on vacation.

Make sure the screen or mesh is fine enough. Mice can squeeze through a 1/4 inch hole.
Well they will only "gnaw" on those orange wires one time!

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I'm going to be leaving Phoebe in an open barn...
Ooh, I like that name!

Rodents living in the car seems to be a recurring theme on "Car Talk." It's a good idea to keep unpackaged food out of the car, including crumbs that land on the floor.

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