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mouse made nest and died in the fan, need help getting it out


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#1 AKIRA

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 11:04 PM

so a mouse made a nest in the fan of my brat, then it died, I need to know how to remove the fan.

I removed a bolt under the fan and one above and beneath the black box beside it, but the fan still won't come out, what am I missing?

#2 TomRhere

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 11:23 PM

IIRC, there's 3 bolts/nuts that hold the housing in. 1 below, and 2 above, behind the glove box. It's still somewhat of a sruggle to get it past the lower edge of the dash though, but it can be done.

Went thru the very same thing on all 3 of my BRATs. Used Murphy's Oil Soap to wash everything down with. Helped out alot, but still took sometime to get all the odor gone.

#3 chef_tim

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 05:52 AM

Be carefull not to breath in any of the dust from the job, Henta(sp?) virus can kill. Tim

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 03:28 PM

just pop off as many of the clips you can reach, and pry the box open so you can go through the side opposite the firewall

#5 AKIRA

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 08:32 PM

I got it done a few hours ago.

I removed the fan and took it apart and cleaned it, I vaccumed out the heater box and the rest of the ducts, I am just glad I got it cleaned before they started to smell

Thanks again

-AK

#6 WoodsWagon

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 08:45 PM

Mix up some bleach and water in a spraybottle and spray down everything inside the ducts. Better is smells like bleach for a bit than you get sick.

#7 Numbchux

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 11:26 PM

I too had the same problem, lots of lysol, then some febreze, and now it smells nice and fresh :grin:, well, if you like that febrezey smell.

#8 THAWA

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 11:31 PM

start the car and get it up to operating temp. That'll get the mouse out of there :)

#9 Syrinx

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 11:52 PM

Tim - Junta Virus. I believe.

In My 81 Brat (Brat#3 sold to Mountain Tech) I had the exact same thing. I came back from the Gulf in 93' and pulled the Brat out of the Barn. While getting it going and trying everything out, the fan kept clicking, like a playing card in the spokes of a bicycle. I just figured the bearings were going out and kept on driving for months. Finally one day I decided I was going to replace the fan assembly and took off the cover.

I laughed so hard when I found what was inside! A field mouse was dried up lengthwise, outstreched around the curve of the squirel cage fan. His dried tail was sticking out of the cage a bit and that was what was clicking as it spun around!

The funniest part was why it got there. Gripped tight in his tiny claws, stretched out like a diving touchdown, was a 1/2 inch peice of french fry! He had found it under my seat and crawled up into the fan to live / eat and didn't plan on me coming home!!!

I just cleaned out the cage compartment and put everything back together. It had been so long any smell was gone.

It seems to be a very common occurance for our heating designs.

Good luck-

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#10 ShawnW

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Posted 04 October 2004 - 07:13 PM

I had to retrieve a squirrel from the dash of my neighbors 2000 Impreza recently. It was alive and ANGRY. Fortunately it didnt chew anything up.

#11 maximumBRAT

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Posted 05 October 2004 - 06:07 PM

just like to say: the rodent sroies: priceless. I'm glad you told me about the virus- don't those things carry rabies and stuff too? in other words.. don't eat the french fry, haha.

When we got my brother's legacy, there were moths in the wheel well. along w/ about a quart of water. had been garaged for 3 years and the whole spare (was donut now full size) was coated in cacoons and nesting and fun stuff like that... least they didn't smell..

Knew a kid w/ a swallow porblem..

#12 tizzle

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Posted 06 October 2004 - 10:10 PM

I have my RX sitting at my brothers house right now, and I found a basketball sized mouse nest where the spare tire should be. so I cleared it out, and got my brother to put some traps in there

#13 subiemech85

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Posted 07 October 2004 - 09:00 AM

and I had a vibration problem, pulled the air box and duct work out, the division caught a huge mound, and the fan was full, but it still worked, now setting 1 was setting 4, glad I cleaned it :P

#14 Mr. Carb

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Posted 10 October 2004 - 05:07 AM

Only time I had a mouse problem it wasn't in a subaru, nore in a fan system, A mouse managed to make a nest in the intake manofold through the carbrator... chewed right through the airfilter. this was on the big chrysler.




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