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My 5/05 Armada sits for the week since I use a commuter car & when I was ready for a weekend trip in the Armada...BLAMMO! - I opened the door & was hit by a strong smell I would describe as burnt cardboard. I could not locate a source but was strongest coming from the driver 's side.

It's been 2 weeks, I had it detailed & cleaned but it is still there. I'm guessing it may be the seat heater or possibly the microfilter although it's not stronger with the air or seat heater on.

Is it possible that a field mouse -now dead- could crawl up in the engine compartment since it was sitting? The Armada is parked outside & I catch alot of mice coming in the garage doors.

Anyone?
 

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NorCalJay said:
Where else can I post this, huh?

My 5/05 Armada sits for the week since I use a commuter car & when I was ready for a weekend trip in the Armada...BLAMMO! - I opened the door & was hit by a strong smell I would describe as burnt cardboard. I could not locate a source but was strongest coming from the driver 's side.

It's been 2 weeks, I had it detailed & cleaned but it is still there. I'm guessing it may be the seat heater or possibly the microfilter although it's not stronger with the air or seat heater on.

Is it possible that a field mouse -now dead- could crawl up in the engine compartment since it was sitting? The Armada is parked outside & I catch alot of mice coming in the garage doors.

Anyone?
If I were a gamblin' man, I'd put my money on the unfortunate mouse. :crikey: otherwise I'm :clueless:
 

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FL_Crushin said:
If I were a gamblin' man, I'd put my money on the unfortunate mouse. :crikey: otherwise I'm :clueless:
Checked this morning...still there strong as ever.

I just caught 3 field mice in a single garage glue trap so you may be right.

I may have to take it into the shop for the most unusual troubleshooting.

Anyone know if it's possible for a mouse to get into the HVAC, dash or interior console?
 

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NorCalJay said:
Checked this morning...still there strong as ever.

I just caught 3 field mice in a single garage glue trap so you may be right.

I may have to take it into the shop for the most unusual troubleshooting.

Anyone know if it's possible for a mouse to get into the HVAC, dash or interior console?
Amazing where a mouse can go. I had one in the air cleaner once. Another time they ate the top of the distributor cap, all that was left was the metal with the wires stuck in it. Amazingly, the car still ran!

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Campfamily said:
Amazing where a mouse can go. I had one in the air cleaner once. Another time they ate the top of the distributor cap, all that was left was the metal with the wires stuck in it. Amazingly, the car still ran!

Keith
Well after doing a simple "dead mouse" in car internet search, apparently this is common for cars that sit. Worst is that mice like to chew on plastic wire insulation which may explain the "burnt" smell...great.

I'll have to move the Armada to the street since it's currently parked in the driveway next to our unlandscaped side yard so I don't let more move in the Armada Inn.

I'll let you all know how long Mickey takes to decompose if I don't find him...
 

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I'll let you all know how long Mickey takes to decompose if I don't find him...[/QUOTE]


about a week if its longer than that its bigger than a mouse and if it died somewhere near the hvac, on an absorbant material................. well did ya see the episode of mythbusters with the dead pigs in the corvette??? it could take a while

I also have had mouse in equipment experiances I once pulled a female and eight babies out of the cooling fins of my riding lwn mower engine. luckily it was before i started the engine or i would have cooked them
 

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NorCalJay said:
Well after doing a simple "dead mouse" in car internet search, apparently this is common for cars that sit. Worst is that mice like to chew on plastic wire insulation which may explain the "burnt" smell...great.

I'll have to move the Armada to the street since it's currently parked in the driveway next to our unlandscaped side yard so I don't let more move in the Armada Inn.

I'll let you all know how long Mickey takes to decompose if I don't find him...
I was going to mention something similar. When deployed overseas we had a huge mouse problem and they paticularly enjoyed chewing on "live" electrical wires. Oddly enough they never touched the wires that weren't plugged in...wierd!
 
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