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Old 11-11-2017, 03:07 PM   #1
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What is this on top of my engine

I was looking around under the hood and saw this. It's sitting on top of the engine.It looks like a plastic bag full of sawdust. It has been torn open or chewed on. I tried to move it but it will not come out with out removing some of the intake to get to it.

Does anyone know what this is and if it is supposed to be there.
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:07 AM   #2
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"On top of the engine" ? That's not what the pic indicates.

Poke it and see if it moves. I would guess some sort of insect nest, but if you have a better reference pic of the engine bay that wouldn't hurt.
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Old 11-12-2017, 01:08 PM   #3
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I rotated the picture and enlarged it so you can see it better. I went out and poked around and found some bees in there. The thing is it looks like it is wrapped in plastic. As long as there is no reason for it being there I will get it out some how.
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Old 11-12-2017, 02:23 PM   #4
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Hard to say, maybe the plastic was road trash that melted on in a spot. I doubt the bees carried it there.

I would try spraying with a hose nozzle first, maybe put plastic bags over the ignition coils, alternator, large connectors and other electrical items to reduce their getting wet.

There's no reason why something like that would be there that I can think of. You may have to scrape some of it away and when you do, I'd be careful not to snag any wires that might be buried in there.
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Old 11-16-2017, 07:32 PM   #5
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I was talking to a mechanic friend of mine and told him about this, he said he has seen cars that had something like that around parts to deaden noise.
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Old 11-16-2017, 07:57 PM   #6
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I still can't make out exactly what you have there because the picture res and lighting is poor. If there is any metal (rust) contributing to the brown color then it could be a rusted heat shield with a nest around it. Otherwise that doesn't look like an area where the factory would have tried to deaden noise. Exactly what is under that brown mass?
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Old 11-16-2017, 11:31 PM   #7
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the first picture is a close up of the thing. It seems almost like sawdust or old foam rubber.
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Old 11-17-2017, 02:41 AM   #8
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I don't get it. Are you afraid to touch it? I can understand some caution if it's a bee's nest, but otherwise it would be long gone by now.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:14 AM   #9
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I know what it is...

Unfortunately, I would see this too often at work, it's a mouse nest in the valley of the engine. I would remove the nest materials using a long set of BBQ tongs and blow out the rest of whatever is left behind (like seed hulls and other mouse food debris) but don't breathe the dust as it may contain hantavirus! The next thing to check is have the little darlings chewed on any of the wiring? We used to repair injector wiring harnesses all the time due to mice damage. Some of our customers would resort to putting a small cloth bag of mothballs in the valley to keep them from coming back. I had them in my explorer and I used mousetraps in the garage to get rid of them and now always have some Dcon mouse/rat poison in the garage so they don't come back. Good luck!
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:43 PM   #10
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The strange thing is it looks like it is wrapped in a plastic bag.
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