2002 Sunfire Smells...well..."dead"

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Old 06-22-09, 08:52 PM
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2002 Sunfire Smells...well..."dead"

Hi guys, first post.
Got in my wife's 2002 Sunfire today & it is apparent that something died in the car.
Because she noticed yesterday a strange noise when she turned on the AC fan, and today the fan seems to vibrate & be more noisy, & it stinks to high heaven...
I am guessing a mouse crawled into the fresh air intake for the heating system, & got chewed up by the fan.
Yick.
Without pulling the dash appart, is there any way to gain access to check my theory?
Where is the intake & could I maybe fish a vaccum hose in to suck out the corpse?
Or where is the heater fan? Perhaps I can pull that out to clean him out.
For some reason my wife doesn't want to drive all summer with the windows open
Thanks for any help.
 
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Old 06-24-09, 01:57 PM
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o my... i don't know exactly where or how the sunfires fan is installed. however.. usually they are located just above the passengers feet. three or four small screws to hold it in place.. (some newer ones are just twist locked no screws at all) you may have to remove a panel to see all that.. look for a 5 or 6 inch round plate with a "bump' in the middle of it. the bump is an electric motor.. it should have two wires goin to it... they are awkward to get too.. but not difficult to do. take it out.. clean it. test it to see if it runs smoothly before you put it back in.. it could be out of balance.... i don't know if you reach that area any other way. those things happen... an i can't blame her for not liking the open window idea either!
 
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Old 06-24-09, 04:39 PM
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It may be possible but unlikely the motor went. When they go, they do have an awful scent. Good luck with it.
 
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Yep ..Headless Mouse

I got lucky on this one.
Turns out my comprehensive insurance covers dead animals in the car.
So someone besides me got to tear out the fan motor.
As I suspected, a mouse crawled in the fresh air inlet, & stuck his head in the squirrel cage fan.
The shop showed me photos that they submitted to the ins. co.
The head was stuck in the fan, which made it unbalanced & run noisily.
They mentioned that this month so far they have removed another mouse, a snake, & a groundhog.
Theirs is a glamerous job!
The Sunfire smells almost good again.
Beer 4U2
 
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yay! ick! poor thing.. glad it got fixed
 
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Old 06-27-09, 12:43 PM
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Build a better mousetrap...etc etc...lol
 
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Old 06-27-09, 01:16 PM
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I have found this as an accident. If you drop Junior mints into the defroster vents by accident, your vehicle will have a minty smell for a while when you use the defroster.
 
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