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What the, how the heck it got stuck in there? I mean it can go in and out of the airbox via driver fender vent, right?
 

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What the, how the heck it got stuck in there? I mean it can go in and out of the airbox via driver fender vent, right?
Aloha,

- it crawled in through the intake tube by the fender
- got comfy in the bottom of the airbox
- took some yellow insulation, prolly from mah house, and built a nest in the airbox

- then I prolly went for a long drive at some point
- at this point the intake is under constant vacuum and the rat most likely suffocated
- it's 10" nose to tail and was dried like cardboard, no juices left, and had insect casings all over it
- the insect casings indicate time of departure at prolly 3 months

- I was waay down on power for the last 3 months... like severly worn engine low compression feel
- would wind up, but not enough power to match the revs
- been like that for 3 month
- figured I start simple and check for a dirty air filter...
- the massive rats-nest was blocking the intake pretty good

- I should gain like 10 horse power
- but I will loose 1 rat power :(









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Oh shi- I hate to say this, but that rat's facial expression cracks me up.

I had something similar recently (not as drastic) on a late-model Camry that I was changing an ignition coil on (2GR). Rat build a nest in the vee using the sound deadening from the beauty cover. Didn't find the rat though, it must have vacated when the engine turned on
 

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One of your motor’s hamsters died!!!!

But seriously, when changing air filters, I’ve found rodents and nests more than once. I live in a rural area, so it’s impossible to keep those little buggers out.
 

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One of your motor’s hamsters died!!!!

But seriously, when changing air filters, I’ve found rodents and nests more than once. I live in a rural area, so it’s impossible to keep those little buggers out.
- whats crazy is how I pulled the filter out and didnt even take notice of the bottom of the airbox til I put it back..
- ie, I almost missed it...
- craxy the places they can get to
- RIP mickey :(













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He he!!
I bought a '70 DeVille (convertible) some 20 years back. Had a few things to tend to, then it was on the road.
But I couldn't get ANY airflow out of the AC unit.
Unfortunately, the AC plenum on those years comes out AFTER the engine does.
Fortunately (?), the engine had a small vibration.
Combining two tasks, I found:
1) The locating ring around the nose of the torque converter was missing (!)
2) An entire family of mice had built a large nest, complete with cemetery, in the AC plenum.
Afterwards, that was a very nice tour car, and I did, a lot.

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this has got to be the most effective "how do i / how to make more power out of my 4 cylinder camry" thread ever, for instant gains and lowest cost involved. and you addressed varmint control all at the same time :thumbup:
 

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Put a screen over the intake air snorkel. No mo ratters.
+1 !
I did this over the floor heater vents after we picked up 3 chipmunks in Yellowstone, no more interior rodents since.

If (via diet manipulation) you could enhance the rats flatulence (perhaps a taco belle in the plenum every couple of days) you could increase the cars power fractionally...probably equal to an electric supercharger at similar cost!
 

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I bought a 1995 Camry last November. Blower motor vibrated horribly. Took it out, and dead mouse remains greeted me from the cage.


I bought a 2000 Camry on New Year's. Blower motor vibrated horribly. Took it out, and...dead mouse remains greeted me from the cage.


I wonder what will happen if I buy a 3rd Camry.
 

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That's so funny. My son inherited my Dad's 1997 Camry XLE V6 with 88,000 miles on it and this past fall he said the gas mileage went way down to like 15 MPG. I explored it's engine compartment and found quite a few rodent droppings which we blew out or vacuumed up (the car was parked outside in a foothill suburb of LA where there is a lot of wildlife and it was hardly ever driven). I looked in the air box and saw the exact same thing you showed minus the dead critter. Looks like it pulled insulation from the hood and made a nest in the airbox intake.

Fortunately there was no evidence of chewed wires anywhere so I cleaned out the compartment and the mileage went up considerably.
 
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