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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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mouse nest on in-cabin air filter

Brand new 2012 LTZ...funky smell coming from the HVAC. Checked the main air filter, and it was fine. Checked in the in-cabin air filter, and it looks like a nest was being built in there by something...presumably mice. Anyone else have this issue? I mean, I have less than 3500 miles on it, and a mouse manages to get all the way to the cabin filter? I'm going to make an appointment with the dealer, but I certainly hope they can do something about it.... if not, I have no desire to have a vehicle that is so prone to infestation by rodents! Good gravy. I never had this happen with my truck...
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-29-2012, 01:05 AM
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Re: mouse nest on in-cabin air filter

Wow this is prob the strangest topic I have seen since joining the forum lol.
Sucks that you have a rodent problem, rare but those little suckers are smart and want to nest in a warm area and vehicles are perfect. What part of the US are you in? Or you in Canada?
Any pics of the nest ?

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Re: mouse nest on in-cabin air filter

There is not a car made that can not have a rodent issue.

I have pullled them out of many cars in many locations in all models of cars.

Set a trap in the garage and get over it.

Odds are you might want to set some traps in your house as if they got in to you car you may also have on in the attic too.
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post #4 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-29-2012, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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Re: mouse nest on in-cabin air filter

While many people may have rodent issues in many different cars, I haven't had any until I got this vehicle...and to have it happen in the spring, with under 3500 miles on it, seems like there is a design flaw (no covers over fresh air intakes) or something like that... by the way, there are plenty of cats around - and, I don't see mice in or around the house at all (not that they aren't there, there just aren't so many around that it's common to see them).
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Re: mouse nest on in-cabin air filter

I had a squirrel build a nest in the ventilation system of our 1999 Trans sport in less than two days when we were at a campground. Never had it before and never had it again. We had to take the fan out to remove all the grass and leaves.

Then I had a mouse hitch a ride on the intake manifold of my car from my buddies farm to our house and then promptly try living in the garage and then try getting into the house. It had made a small nest on the the intake manifold runners within 4 hrs. I almost couldn't believe it was possible until the evidence and facts proved it.

My point is that like hyperv6 said it can happen anywhere at any time to any car. So don't panic. Just have the nest removed and take a few precautions to try and prevent it from happening again. Rodents are opportunists and the fact that your 2012 Equinox has only 3500 miles on it is irrelevant to the rodent. It's just the wrong place at the wrong time. All cars have open intakes for cabin air before they hit the filters.

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Brand new 2012 LTZ...funky smell coming from the HVAC. Checked the main air filter, and it was fine. Checked in the in-cabin air filter, and it looks like a nest was being built in there by something...presumably mice. Anyone else have this issue? I mean, I have less than 3500 miles on it, and a mouse manages to get all the way to the cabin filter? I'm going to make an appointment with the dealer, but I certainly hope they can do something about it.... if not, I have no desire to have a vehicle that is so prone to infestation by rodents! Good gravy. I never had this happen with my truck...
Sounds like a Lemon Law to me !!! LOL

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I have a 2000 Saturn LS1. Never had a problem with Rodents until this winter. I noticed near my battery seed that must have came from my bird feeder. Looks like a mouse was camping out there. We also had our kitchen redone and a mouse was (Did not see it) bedding down in the insulation on top of the dishwasher. We did trap one small mouse a couple of months ago.

I won't lose sleep over this and could happen to any vehicle.

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Looks like the filter did its job.
They can now advertise it for more than dirt.

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Lol just was playing around on google found a few things people have to do if to try and keep mice out of there rides. Geez yea I would just trap the little suckers instead, but guess sometimes you have to go to extremes to keep em out.





I had a buddy get his truck infested with scorpions out here in AZ, because he had them in the garage as well. It was a nightmare indeed. Hate those things, I'd rather have rodents any day lol

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Please keep me posted on your progress with the dealer. Feel free to contact me privately if you need more assistance. Thank you.

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