Air Intake 2004 Dakota 3.7 V6

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Old 05-29-09, 11:15 AM
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Air Intake 2004 Dakota 3.7 V6

I have a question on the air intake of my 2004 Dakota 3.7l.
I have been going up to my lake property for the last 3 weekends and today I went for an oil change to my surprise when they checked my air filter, a red squirrel had built a nest in the cavity area below the air filter. He had chewed a bit of the bottom of the air filter only about 1/4 of the way through. No material was able to pass through the filter and the squirrel was nowhere to be seen.
What I have done now is taken the air intake off and fastened a 1/2" screen over the complete air intake and reinstalled it.
My question is will this have any effect on the air intake? I was planning on putting window screen over it but I thought it might plug with frost etc. in the winter.
You know I kind of thought I was getting better gas mileage on the last round trip ( 500 km ) . Maybe I should have left all the grass etc that the squirrel has put in ther.
Any comments on the screen causing a problem down the road that I should be aware of ?
 
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Old 05-29-09, 11:46 AM
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Nope...If you used the galv welded hardware cloth, its very common in farm country. Keeps the critters out...mostly.
 
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Old 05-29-09, 11:50 AM
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Thanks for you reply, yes that is what I used. It may not keep a mouse out but sure will keep the squirrels out
 
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Old 05-29-09, 05:02 PM
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Try a Moth ball or two in the air cleaner box below thw filter......Rodents dont like them, and at very worst, they will only rattle around without doing any harm.
 
 

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