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Unique experience #4624412
01/05/18 12:55 AM
01/05/18 12:55 AM
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Ohio
Dorian Offline OP
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Ohio
Tonight I decided to check the oil level and wiper fluid in the 14.5 Camry since it had been a while. Everything checked out fine, but the car now has 30K on it and is due for a new air filter. I already had ordered the air filter and was just waiting on a good time to do it. I then decided to change the filter and began to open the housing. To my surprise, the entire housing was filled with dog food. No joke. All of the food had to be scooped out by hand with the little amount of room that they allow. Fortunately, this was a recent event since it was a newer dog food we switched to. The intake port on this car is just behind the opening for the hood, and is large enough to allow for critters to enter it. Another major factor here is that the dog food is directly in front of the car. I guess it pays off to be a little OCD about things. I went to take a picture of it, and my phone died in the process.


15 Camry Hybrid SE 48K 0W20 Kendall bulk
14.5 Camry SE 2AR 0W20 M1 AFE 44K (Mom's)
98 Chevy Prizm 1ZZ M1 AFE 0W30 148K (Brother's)
Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624413
01/05/18 12:57 AM
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CA
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Wow! Be sure to check the cabin air filter as well. The intake the HVAC fan is the windshield cowl area.


2011 Toyota Prius - 173k - Various 0W-20 (Brew)
2007 Honda Accord 2.4 - 131K - Mobil 1 EP HM 5W-30
Re: Unique experience [Re: The Critic] #4624416
01/05/18 01:01 AM
01/05/18 01:01 AM
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Ohio
Dorian Offline OP
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Thanks for the tip! Doing that now!


15 Camry Hybrid SE 48K 0W20 Kendall bulk
14.5 Camry SE 2AR 0W20 M1 AFE 44K (Mom's)
98 Chevy Prizm 1ZZ M1 AFE 0W30 148K (Brother's)
Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624418
01/05/18 01:02 AM
01/05/18 01:02 AM
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San Antonio, TX
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Somebody's getting ready to hibernate for a long winter.

Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624437
01/05/18 01:39 AM
01/05/18 01:39 AM
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Waco, TX
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Man, it's ALWAYS dog food!

I've seen it so many times... inside motorcycle airboxes, too.


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(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624458
01/05/18 03:04 AM
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That's not unique. The same happened to my mother's '77 Impala's air cleaner, circa 1979.

Last edited by CR94; 01/05/18 03:05 AM.

2011 Toyota Prius now at 92K
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Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624462
01/05/18 03:37 AM
01/05/18 03:37 AM
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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I'd suggest a screen over the air inlet.


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Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624467
01/05/18 04:00 AM
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Southeastern, PA
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Mice. Keep your dog food in a sealed container, you wouldn't want the mice peeing & pooping in the dog food. One time I found a boot in the back of a closet stuffed with dog food.


A wise man told me:
"Heat is your friend." and "Any oil is better than no oil."
Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624511
01/05/18 06:50 AM
01/05/18 06:50 AM
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PA
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A similar thing happened with my F-150, except chipmunks filled my intake and air filter housing with acorns. They also got between the hood and its insulation and began to fill that area too lol. It was quite a project getting it all cleaned out.

Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624513
01/05/18 06:54 AM
01/05/18 06:54 AM
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'Stralia
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At least we only have to look out for things trying to kill us...

Stealing stuff and stuffing them in things reminds me of an old Huey, Dewey, and Louie comic I had prolly 40 years ago...packrats stealing their gold and replacing them with goobers.

Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624523
01/05/18 07:10 AM
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1/2 hr N.E. of Detroit
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Originally Posted By: Dorian
Tonight I decided to check the oil level and wiper fluid in the 14.5 Camry since it had been a while. Everything checked out fine, but the car now has 30K on it and is due for a new air filter. I already had ordered the air filter and was just waiting on a good time to do it. I then decided to change the filter and began to open the housing. To my surprise, the entire housing was filled with dog food. No joke. All of the food had to be scooped out by hand with the little amount of room that they allow. Fortunately, this was a recent event since it was a newer dog food we switched to. The intake port on this car is just behind the opening for the hood, and is large enough to allow for critters to enter it. Another major factor here is that the dog food is directly in front of the car. I guess it pays off to be a little OCD about things. I went to take a picture of it, and my phone died in the process.


Easy solution>>>>> quit feeding the dog.


She's the only sister-in-law I have. But she's not my favorite.
Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624527
01/05/18 07:15 AM
01/05/18 07:15 AM
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Kansas
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I live a good half mile from my nearest neighbor, and my house is surrounded by soybean or corn fields, so I know about rodents. My yellow lab and border collie bring them to my front door almost on a weekly basis, obviously proud of their work. Anyway, I store my dog food in a 55-gallon drum with a tight lid so the rodents can't get to it.

Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624587
01/05/18 08:42 AM
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PV Az
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Everyone living in the SW has had experience with rodents under the hood it seems. Minor is hoarding and nest building, major is chewing wires and hoses to make their new home more cozy. A buddy recently spent $900 getting ground squirrel damage fixed in his older Tundra, the mechanic highly recommended this LED flashing light thing to keep them away. Might not work in the OP's case since they might not see the flashing light. http://www.rid-a-rat.com/

Shannow mentioned pack rats. Being from the East we didn't know what they were, turns out they may be the worst for under-hood damage. Out in the desert they build impressive little mounds out of sticks and anything they can drag and actually do like shiny things.


86 Samurai 1.3 leftovers
14 RAV4 2.5 5W-20 PP
16 Silverado 1500 4.3, DI, AFM 5W-30 PP

The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with someone else's life. - Frank Zappa

Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624617
01/05/18 09:17 AM
01/05/18 09:17 AM
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The Motor City
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The Motor City
Has your dog lost weight?

I once had to remove a couple neat piles of corn on top of my strut towers.

Re: Unique experience [Re: Dorian] #4624621
01/05/18 09:22 AM
01/05/18 09:22 AM
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Wet side WA
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Say some guys on here will be jumping on that its just a more efficient Air filter you should have patented it.


2004 Corolla 124831
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In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
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