Jump to content
   
desert_connect

My TC is the almost Perfect Mouse Habitat

Recommended Posts

Posted (edited)

Ford engineered the almost perfect mouse habitat in my 2017 TC.

 

While camping last week two mice jumped up into the engine bay and pulled all the loose uncovered wheel well insulation apart and made a nest right in front of the heater fresh air intake in about a 36 hour time period. You guessed it, as soon as I started the engine the AC came on and the fresh air intake door opened up and most of that insulation got sucked right into the heater fan. I noticed right away the heater sounded rough on 1 low and made the dash rumble and shake on 2. I needed (wanted) AC when we dropped back down to the 110 temps so I tore half the dash apart and finally gave up on trying to get the fan motor out. I pulled the wipers off and the plastic tray/cover pieces off from underneath the windshield and removed the rest of the insulation. Then pulled the cabin filter and made tools from tree branches to reach up inside and painstakingly I picked, prodded and plucked the insulation out of the squirrel cage fan and used the fan to blow it out a little at a time.......took me about 4 hours and insulation all over inside on the pass side. Fortunately, the mice were not in there long enough to make a huge stinky mess, could have been much worse. The mice watched me working and I couldn't get rid of them. They finally left the scene a after I had finished and during or following the rain and hail storm that afternoon. I left the cowl tray, cover and wipers off until I was ready to leave so I could see them.

 

I plan to make a hardware screen cloth cover to put over the fresh air opening to prevent this from ever happening again.  

The picture is what came out when removing the filter and only represents a a very small amount of the insulation I removed.   

P8010187.JPG

Edited by desert_connect

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
   

Mice ... cute little buggers until they do something like this.  Then you truly start rooting for the snakes, owls and stray cats !!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well that is good to know .  Just another thing that I will have to worry about !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is this one that we can blame on the PETA environmentalist?  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is a crazy story. Your resoulfuness is commendable.

 

I thought the fresh air is pulled through the  screened vents by each wiper? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow. I would have never thought of that happening. Glad you were able to resolve the problem they created before leaving. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Little bastards, not cute little buggers. They have gotten into several of my vehicles over the years and the damage they can cause can be enormous.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What a crazy story. Rat (mouse) bastards.

Glad you could remedy the situation with some resourceful ingenuity.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/6/2018 at 5:03 PM, Don Ridley said:

 

I thought the fresh air is pulled through the  screened vents by each wiper? 

 

Yes, thats true. But there are also drain holes just outboard of the strut towers large enough for the mice to get inside.

Here are a couple of pics that show what it looks like with the cowl tray and cover off. One pic shows an arrow where the mice can get in and the other pic shows the fresh air door to the heater. 

P8110201.jpeg

P8110200.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would go back out there, set up some glue traps, and get those little vandals.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

I cleaned the entire area with pine-sol and plugged the (mouse) access area using ss screen and used RTV to hold it onto the plastic/rubber. I may still make a screen for the fresh air door later on using 1/4" mesh screen.

P8130200.JPG

Edited by desert_connect

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×