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Old 02-25-2020, 10:48 AM   #1
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Nuts!

Not the kind of nuts you'd think!

I should've taken a pic but I just spent 30 minutes vacuuming out acorns from the three wells on top of my intake manifold tucked under the engine cover. ('01 330Cic manual-5 zsp btw). Just noticed on routine engine bay check.

There's no room in my garage so this is always parked outside. This is the second time in a month and it's only in those spaces so I suspect there's an animal depositing stuff there. Yes it's winter even in the South, so the temp's been bouncing between 35 and 70

Guess I should look at the undertray and see how else a critter could be getting in there. Any other constructive advice would be appreciated!
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Old 02-25-2020, 11:02 AM   #2
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A million ways to get in!

I had acorns in my manifold crevices as well. Car had been sitting outside.
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Old 02-25-2020, 11:08 AM   #3
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A million ways to get in!

I had acorns in my manifold crevices as well. Car had been sitting outside.
Glad to hear this happens !

Hope it's enjoying the M54 as much as I do. Lol.
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traps on ground against tires with pb
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Old 02-25-2020, 12:09 PM   #5
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Happens to all of our cars.

I have yet to have a squirrel climb out from under the hood after a long trip and demand to be taken home...

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+1, make sure to jam a piece of peanut (or walnut, cashew, etc.) into the trap latch and then cover with peanut butter. They can usually lick the PB off without trouble, but then get nailed when they go for the hard piece. Took care of a mouse problem in the garage a few years ago this way.
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:10 AM   #8
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I've read that mothballs discourage home making...so maybe sprinkle some underneath your car. Not next to motor where they might explode (just a concern...not sure they combust, but they're naptha, so I believe are combustible.

Instead of pb in traps, perhaps a lithe squirrel model in fishnets and heels?
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Same. My convertible had that when I first picked it up.
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I've had good luck getting rid of rodents with the three items below, magnetic tins, cotton rounds and peppermint oil. Drill a few 1/8" holes in the plastic top and four 1/4" holes 1/2" up from the bottom rim. Place a few cotton rounds in the bottom and soak with peppermint oil. The bottoms are magnetic so I placed one to the right of the filter housing, another near the master cylinder and a third between the air pump housing and its connector.

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If you place one at the air pump location you will need to replace the plastic top with an aluminum piece otherwise the heat there will melt the plastic. The lids on these can be tough to get off so make sure you line up the slots in the sides so you can refill it without removing the lid. No more rodents and a pleasant odor. If you have a smokers car, hang one from the rear view mirror, won't get rid of the smell, but at least it makes it tolerable.
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Old 02-26-2020, 11:37 AM   #11
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I bought an E46 for $900 several years ago. It had sat outside for about 2 years. I brought a battery with me and it fired right up and ran and drove, so I drove it home about 10 miles. My friend who drove me to get it was following and noticed fire balls dropping out the bottom near the exhaust. Got it home to find black walnuts stashed all over around the intake and exhaust manifolds. Ultimately found dozens of them even after the fireballs I lost enroute. :o
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+1 on the mothballs. My applications outside under a carport usually last 2-3 months. Haven’t found any nuts or shells since I started doing this.
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I find maple seeds, aka helicopters on my manifold. I park next to my wife's stash of bird seed in metal garbage cans so there are plenty of mousetraps around them. I keep one under the hood just to be safe.
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THanks, everyone!. I'd rather not inhale mothballs, so I'll try peppermint oil and then an ultrasonic device I saw with 5 stars on Amzn.
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I bought an E46 for $900 several years ago. It had sat outside for about 2 years. I brought a battery with me and it fired right up and ran and drove, so I drove it home about 10 miles. My friend who drove me to get it was following and noticed fire balls dropping out the bottom near the exhaust. Got it home to find black walnuts stashed all over around the intake and exhaust manifolds. Ultimately found dozens of them even after the fireballs I lost enroute. :o
Had it been an E90 335i, you'd be all set for intake valve cleaning...
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THanks, everyone!. I'd rather not inhale mothballs, so I'll try peppermint oil and then an ultrasonic device I saw with 5 stars on Amzn.
I've got an ultrasonic device next to my car, the wife found a dead mouse in a trap a few feet away. Not a lot of faith in those, only using it because it was a gift. Got peppermint oil out there too.
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I've got an ultrasonic device next to my car, the wife found a dead mouse in a trap a few feet away. Not a lot of faith in those, only using it because it was a gift. Got peppermint oil out there too.
Actually went with mothballs first... Am regretting it because now my car smells like a urinal!

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Actually went with mothballs first... Am regretting it because now my car smells like a urinal!

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Wow, I'll remember this if I ever think of using mothballs in a car. Hope you have better luck with the peppermint oil.
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Actually went with mothballs first... Am regretting it because now my car smells like a urinal!

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I tried peppermint but the mice still get into the garage, traps seem to work the best. Just need to check them often, more often if the traps are inside the car. I would put moth balls around and under the car, never had an issue with the smell. The worst mouse issue I had was years ago when I went to start my bike one spring and found the air filter packed with bird seed. I swear after i cleaned it out and got it started it popped a few times almost like a smaller popcorn seed.
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