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Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Heating / Cooling, SUV
#17 of 20 air conditioner filter
May 25, 2010 (12:26 pm)
How often is it recommended to have the air conditioner filter checked? Is that part of the maintenance of an oil change at the dealerships? We're smelling something like a dead animal from our engine area. We cannot see any critters in grill or otherwise. When I check my air conditioner air filter today, it was overflowing with all sorts of debris. I know for a fact it was changed last year and I just had my oil changed at a dealership a couple of weeks ago (that's why I was wondering if they check the filter at oil change). Has any body else had problems with dead animal smells?
thanks for your time!
#18 of 20 Re: air conditioner filter [hidesertdi]
May 26, 2010 (8:38 pm)
I have not had the problem, but if you live in (or drive through) an area with large concentrations of flying insects, they could end up in the cabin air filter. Some insects really stink. Around here (prairie pothole region of North Dakota) we have "fish flies". These will turn the front end of your car almost black (it looks like your car has a 3 day old beard) in minutes. And it smells bad.
#19 of 20 Re: air conditioner filter [hidesertdi]
May 27, 2010 (6:33 am)
Living out in the woods as we do I have had mice, and squirrels, build nests in many of our cars over the years. It is not at all unusual to find a dead mouse somewhere in the HVAC fresh air intake system/path. The most common entry point seems to be around the windshield wiper shaft where it comes up through the cover just below teh bottom of the windshield.
To inspect for a dead animal you must remove that cover and then probe blindly into some of the recesses, especially the fresh air entry recess, you find there. Remove any nesting material you find there.
#20 of 20 Wet Floor Mats in Front - AC Problem?
Jun 29, 2010 (4:22 am)
My two front floor mats and base under mats are wet lately. I think it must be related to running the AC. Any ideas why this would occur or if there is anything I can do myself to avoid a repair bill? Maybe a filter clogged from tree debris?
Toytota Highlander Hybrid 2008