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Now I have mice living under the liner on the inside of the hood.
(1) How does this liner come off? Just pop it off?
(2) Does the liner perform any function other than noise suppression?
(3) Does it hurt anything just to leave it off?


Thank you for your help and "I hate those meeces to pieces!":mad:
 

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Now I have mice living under the liner on the inside of the hood.
(1) How does this liner come off? Just pop it off?
(2) Does the liner perform any function other than noise suppression?
(3) Does it hurt anything just to leave it off?
(1) A forked panel remover works. Chance of breaking pretty good.

(2) Yes. It contains the mice so as they cook they don't fall into the engine. Drive for 45 minutes for medium rare.

(3) Not likely. It really does dampen engine noise.

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(1) A forked panel remover works. Chance of breaking pretty good.

(2) Yes. It contains the mice so as they cook they don't fall into the engine. Drive for 45 minutes for medium rare.

(3) Not likely. It really does dampen engine noise.
Thanks pico, but I've driven for over an hour and even "well done" doesn't seem to bother them.
 
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Annoying, to say the least! Hopefully they haven't chewed on any wiring. Maybe spray engine start fluid under the liner making certain that you don't breathe the fumes, wait for about five minutes, pop off enough of the popup rivets to be able to access the interior, put heavy gloves onto hands and then remove the offending rodents and confine them until they can be disposed of. Prevention of future infestations - maybe a good mouser cat. One of our neighbors has two cats which have kept about 1/4 of our block free of both mice and rats. Good luck!
 
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I had mice in my engine compartment a few years ago. They chewed up the material on the underside of the hood. I learned about using 100% peppermint oil on cotton balls or pads on Youtube. I began placing oil soaked cotton balls in the four corners of the engine compartment to repel them. Not against anything that gets hot. It's worked like a charm. I replace them every six months. I haven't had any further damage or indication of them being in there since. I believe there's another thread here regarding this issue of mice. I might have even posted this info here before. You can do a search to see if there's any additional useful info.



I live on the edge of a national forest. So, there's plenty of mice here.
 

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I use artificial moth balls in my '58 VW in storage. It works well, but takes a couple days to air-out afterwards.

(Artificial balls to spare the poor guy moths agony)

Thanks pico, but I've driven for over an hour and even "well done" doesn't seem to bother them.
Well, either you have good insulation, or super mice! If the later, sell 'em to a research university. :)
 

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Now I have mice living under the liner on the inside of the hood.
(1) How does this liner come off? Just pop it off?
(2) Does the liner perform any function other than noise suppression?
(3) Does it hurt anything just to leave it off?


Thank you for your help and "I hate those meeces to pieces!":mad:
Be careful when removing the mice as there may be consequences. A guy I knew from another forum found a mouse living in the air box of his motorbike. he pulled everything apart and removed the mouse. Once he put the bike back together his engine would spit and stutter under hard acceleration.
The general consensus on the forum was that replacing the mouse would fix the performance issue. Just be careful you don't suffer the same fate when removing the mice from your Rav :wink
 

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Be careful when removing the mice as there may be consequences. A guy I knew from another forum found a mouse living in the air box of his motorbike. he pulled everything apart and removed the mouse. Once he put the bike back together his engine would spit and stutter under hard acceleration.
The general consensus on the forum was that replacing the mouse would fix the performance issue. Just be careful you don't suffer the same fate when removing the mice from your Rav :wink
Thanks for the advice, I caught the little bugger in a mouse trap. I'm Ok until his little cousins take his place.:smile
 

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Thanks for the advice, I caught the little bugger in a mouse trap. I'm Ok until his little cousins take his place.:smile
Full disclosure: The issue was due to accidentally pinching a fuel line whilst putting the bike back together. Still, the mouse explanation is heaps funnier.
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Oh how worst have I experienced this! There aren't any "mice" living in my engine, no, none at all. Just BIG RATS, for crying out loud. Sewer rats sized like cats.

They chewed of some of my wires, throttle cable, high tension wires, hoses and almost all of my rubber wire covers. They didn't just chewed on rubbers, they went mad on plastics as well. Yup, little fockers chewed on plastic wire covers, intake air sensor housing, and one of the fan frame. And they didn't just chill there, they focking piss and leave feces on my valve cover and header cover too, damn. Hot spot is the gap between the valve cover and header cover, where the feces shaped like small beans are hard to reach.

It's not just my Rav4.1 they have ruined, also my dad's Rav4.2 and his Toyota Fortuner. Them little trolls chewed on all the wiring from the firewall down to the horn. They even pissed on some part of the aircon that smells like rotten piss when the AC is on.

It's always the rainy season they come and find shelter with heat. What did we do to prevent them?

1. Find all canals and mesh them with screens.
2. Put pests repellent balls on parts of the engine bay.
3. Spray the engine bay with insecticide (Annoys them mostly).
4. Have stray cats near the parking area.
5. Put bait foods in trap cages or on sticky paper traps away from the parking area.

Screening all the canals worked big time! Little fockers haven't showed up for a year.

I don't wanna meet the fockers again. (pun intended)
 

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Oh how worst have I experienced this! There aren't any "mice" living in my engine, no, none at all. Just BIG RATS, for crying out loud. Sewer rats sized like cats.

They chewed of some of my wires, throttle cable, high tension wires, hoses and almost all of my rubber wire covers. They didn't just chewed on rubbers, they went mad on plastics as well. Yup, little fockers chewed on plastic wire covers, intake air sensor housing, and one of the fan frame. And they didn't just chill there, they focking piss and leave feces on my valve cover and header cover too, damn. Hot spot is the gap between the valve cover and header cover, where the feces shaped like small beans are hard to reach.

It's not just my Rav4.1 they have ruined, also my dad's Rav4.2 and his Toyota Fortuner. Them little trolls chewed on all the wiring from the firewall down to the horn. They even pissed on some part of the aircon that smells like rotten piss when the AC is on.

It's always the rainy season they come and find shelter with heat. What did we do to prevented them?

1. Find all canals and mesh them with screens.
2. Put pests repellent balls on parts of the engine bay.
3. Spray the engine bay with insecticide (Annoys them mostly).
4. Have stray cats near the parking area.
5. Put bait foods in trap cages or on sticky paper traps away from the parking area.

Screening all the canals worked big time! Little fockers haven't showed up for a year.

I don't wanna meet the fockers again. (pun intended)

I'm going to try peppermint oil soaked cotton balls. Rodents are supposed to hate the smell. I screened the input to the air box and that stopped them from using that area for acorn storage. Also I keep the air control on "recirculate" and that seemed to keep them out of the interior air filter. They haven't decided to eat my wires yet.:mad:
 

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@ronto Since they won't be able to put their food in your air box, they might be forced to find another storage place in your engine bay, or worse, they might make something out of your wires/rubber hoses. Just giving you an idea how things might turn out.

Also to keep them away for marking your engine bay as their dim, comfortably warm home, park on any lighted area then open your hood overnight for a few weeks or a month or so. They won't bother sheltering there, they hate light. It's an effortless way.
 
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