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#1 OFFLINE   bill.anderson

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:26 PM

I bought a 2018 C-Max 2 months ago, last week I was pushing buttons and sent the fan high. I heard and felt a vibration that shook the whole dash. The dealers shop said is was a blower motor and ordered one. Today I found out the vibration was caused by a rodent nest in the blower fan. This isn't covered by the warranty. I have lived in the South and have had multiple vehicles for over twenty years. I have never had a rodent breach the passenger compartment of any of multiple brands of vehicles.

Is this a design defect in the Escape and C-Max body styles?

Can anything be done to prevent this entry?

 

Blowing hot or cold air over rodent feces and urine cannot be healthy, ie: Hantavirus

Has anyone reported this source of infection  to the CDC?

 

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#2 OFFLINE   obob

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 08:20 PM

"I hates those meeces to pieces!" (if under 55yo might not find this funny)

 

I wonder if it was there when you bought it.  Perhaps it entered through the air intake which should have a screen over it but mice are very resourceful and can squeeze through very small openings.  

 

The air filter may mitigate a health risk though maybe the mice ate through that.


Edited by obob, 14 February 2018 - 08:25 PM.


#3 OFFLINE   jestevens

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 06:59 AM

I guess it does happen from time to time, especially if you live in the country.  My mom was having performance issues the first year after she bought her Corolla and when they took it to the shop the mechanics found a nest in the engine air intake.  If it's any consolation the car now has over 300K mi and is still running fine.

 

Neighbor down the street had a gopher chew on the wiring harnesses for her Jeep.

 

If the shop had to replace the blower maybe they can spray some cleaner through the ductwork?  I'm certainly not an expert but maybe new blower probably has more VOCs than the mice..


Edited by jestevens, 15 February 2018 - 07:00 AM.


#4 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 03:34 PM

Bill a where in GA do you live, I'm in Newnan? I have had mine almost  5.5 yrs and no rodents. :headscratch:

 

Paul


Edited by ptjones, 16 February 2018 - 09:29 AM.


#5 OFFLINE   bill.anderson

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 07:07 PM

Since the Escape and the C-Max have similar body plans I suspect that many have had rodents in their passenger cabins

 

I wonder if Ford has ever had a complaint filed against them with the National Institutes of Health or the CDC for a design defect or manufacturing failure that exposes potentially thousands of Escape or C-Max owners to a potentially  fatal rodent carried disease - hantavirus

 

Just wondering out loud whether a hungry lawyer might see an opportunity



#6 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 09:33 AM

Since the Escape and the C-Max have similar body plans I suspect that many have had rodents in their passenger cabins

 

I wonder if Ford has ever had a complaint filed against them with the National Institutes of Health or the CDC for a design defect or manufacturing failure that exposes potentially thousands of Escape or C-Max owners to a potentially  fatal rodent carried disease - hantavirus

 

Just wondering out loud whether a hungry lawyer might see an opportunity

I don't remember this being a problem for anyone else. :headscratch:  

 

Paul 



#7 OFFLINE   kostby

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 04:24 PM

Well, Honda sells Rodent Tape*...

http://www.collegehi.../4019-2317.html

 

* I thought the tape might be to duct-tape their little mouths shut so they won't chew the wiring, but apparently the tape is designed to discourage rodents by giving them a taste of capsaicin. I wonder if rodents from south-of-the-border with a taste for chili pepper might actually take a liking to the stuff???


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#8 OFFLINE   SnowStorm

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 08:16 PM

Well, Honda sells Rodent Tape*...

http://www.collegehi.../4019-2317.html

 

* I thought the tape might be to duct-tape their little mouths shut so they won't chew the wiring, but apparently the tape is designed to discourage rodents by giving them a taste of capsaicin. I wonder if rodents from south-of-the-border with a taste for chili pepper might actually take a liking to the stuff???

That's wild - but it won't work!  Capsaicin is used medically for pain relief.  So that chili love'n rodent won't fell the electric shock and will keep right on chewin'!

 

But who cares about a little rodent?  [True story] A good friend of ours took off in her Suburban and this big snake came up out from somewhere inside, went out the passenger window and across the hood!  No, she didn't wreck - kept her cool - took a picture of it!  I've seen the photo.  Big snake going right across the hood at the base of the windshield!


Edited by SnowStorm, 23 February 2018 - 09:03 PM.

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