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Where is the vent to the outside air for the cabin air filter? I park my cars outside during the summer and have had to pull mice nesting material out of the cabin filter enclosure. There must be a vent for outside air that can be screened off. Thanks
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Where is the vent to the outside air for the cabin air filter? I park my cars outside during the summer and have had to pull mice nesting material out of the cabin filter enclosure. There must be a vent for outside air that can be screened off. Thanks
You need to do something about those mice, those things can total a car! If they chew through hoses and wires down in the engine bay the entire engine may need to come out to find all the damage and that may cost more than the car is worth.
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I thought mice attacking a vehicle was a Toyota thing. Apparently attracted to the soy based wiring insulation.

Below image shows the blower entry and the plenum drain where they are probably getting in. You will need to remove the AIP (black plastic trim piece at the base if the windshield) to see into the plenum. Depending on the year of your Nox the entry might be different but most cars have similar arrangements for the plenum.
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Below image shows the blower entry and the plenum drain where they are probably getting in.

Just curious - where did that image come from ? I've never seems a car photo of that style.


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It might seem cold hearted to some but I poison mice and rats on my property where the car might sit. This includes outbuildings - woodshed, storage sheds, home and garage. Mice can ruin a vehicle (or make repairs which insurance companies will not cover extremely expensive).
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It might seem cold hearted to some but I poison mice and rats on my property where the car might sit. This includes outbuildings - woodshed, storage sheds, home and garage. Mice can ruin a vehicle (or make repairs which insurance companies will not cover extremely expensive).
2X They are vermin not pets. They will total a vehicle via harness damage. A nest inside your mowers engine fan housing will kill it also.

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Just curious - where did that image come from ? I've never seems a car photo of that style.


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That is a 3D CAD image.
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Where is the vent to the outside air for the cabin air filter? I park my cars outside during the summer and have had to pull mice nesting material out of the cabin filter enclosure. There must be a vent for outside air that can be screened off. Thanks
I pulled my wiper/windshield cover this summer to check the wiper transmission condition and any debris before I cleaned the HVAC system. I did not find any opening other than plastic vent at the base of the windshield. It was relitively clean after 7 years. There must be a small opening somewhere if they are finding their way to the top of the cabin filter. There is a drain opening that allows rain to escape. If you do find an opening, let everyone know. I would use stainless steel pads to block and cover with Fluid Film to keep it from rusting.
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I would sure like to know also where the inlet is as there is no way for them to get through the top in front of the windshield. I changed my filter back in October and had fabric/string material sitting on top of the filter. I have never seen signs of mice in my garage for many years. Yesterday I noticed that the fabric liner in front of the driver door (runs top to bottom on the inside of the front fender had huge gaps missing. I knew right away it was mice. I pulled the filter and it was full of the fabric. What a stupid idea on GM's part. I had a couple of the sonic mice deterrents plugged into a couple of outlets in my garage. I set some mouse traps in the garage yesterday but did not catch anything overnight. I glanced at the wiring under the hood on the top and luckily have not seen any chewed wires yet. I have seen huge expensive messes at work from mice but have been fortunate until now. Is that fabric even necessary? I am thinking it is there to subdue the sound from the engine and the tire from the passenger compartment. Otherwise it is not necessary?
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I think its like you say- sound deadening from road.





Speaking or mice...
Caught 2 rats last night in my Sweet Lime tree.
These are fruit rats... as they dont like meat or say peanut butter on the traps. Theyre not even going for my Avocados.

But-- I put apple slices and within 1 hr--- we had caught 2 on the same trap. Nearby in the bugavillea tree- I could see 3 more-- their beady shinning eyes looking back at me.
Been finding at least 10 sweet limes on the ground every morning.

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