When I got my truck it had been sitting in a garage in Pennsylvania for a couple of months. Every time I turned the car on it smelled really bad so I assumed that the air filters were just dirty.
I read the manual on how to replace the two cabin air filters.
I detached the clips on the glove compartment, swung it down, and opened the cover to the air filters.
I pulled the first filter out and it was RANK. I discovered that a family of field mice had built a nest on top of the air filters and lined it with insulation from the garage.
There were 3 or 4 dead carcasses buried in the insulation and they STUNK. Big time.
I extracted everything I could find, vacuumed it out and put in new filters. Works fine and no more oders.
luckily they didnt get in the fan... in my dads old toyota pickup there was a family of mice we didnt know about, one day after letting it sit for a while we took it for a drive, about 6 miles in the trip, we here a weird noise in the dash, turns out three mice took a dive into the blower fan...... Needless to say it was a bloodbath of mice chunks everywhere and a b**** to clean and smelled terrible. SO, needless to say always check those things in a vehicle thats been sitting more than a week or so hahaha
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