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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 04-02-2006, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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mouse nest in blower motor

Hello all, I am a new Pilot owner and new to this site.
We have about 6800 miles on our 05 EX and noticed a strange sound coming from the HVAC fan motor. After removing the right exterior cowl panel and pulling the fan motor out, I discovered the fan packed with insulation and small chunks of paper from a mouse nest. I proceded to clean the pollen filter, heater housing, fan and cowl area. While cleaning I noticed a 6 inch round hole in the inner cowl panel where the fresh air inlet is, that is not covered with anything. It seems as though there should be screen or grate or something covering that huge hole. Here in Wisconsin, when the weather gets cold, the rodents try to get in. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there an easy fix? Or better yet a recall or TSB so the dealer can fix it?
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The fan was making a lot of noise on my Pilot. I took it to the dealer thinking it would be repaired under warranty. The dealer found the same problem as yours, mice. It is not coverered under warranty. So, I ended up paying for them to clean it out.

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Animal damage is often covered under your comprehensive insurance.

(which should have a $0 deductible according to some unnamed people here)

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My main concern is not the repair cost, but how to keep this from happening again. I have been a collision repair technician for 14 years, so the disassembly involved is no problem, but the damage that I have seen mice do is hard to repair. Mainly removing the smell. Luckily I cought this right away and they did'nt have time to stink it up. It seems like a poor design, but even worse is the limited access to cover the hole.
Thanks for any and all info.
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Its that time of year when these things happen . Don't be surprised if it happens again within a few weeks.

Suggest you park outside, or remove any recycled paper areas, and generally clean up the garage!
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had this problem a couple of years ago with my wifes Ody... went down to the pound and picked up a nice outdoor CAT... she lives in the garage with the Rottie and have never seen a mouse since! Usually in the spring she catches at least one a week... to earn her keep
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I had a loud noise coming from the fan area. It turns out that a mouse tried to turn the blower motor into a hampster wheel. I was lucky that it was before it could build a nest and chew some wires.

Anyone make a cover for this area? My old Porsche has some wire mesh over the air intakes.

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Blower

I have a vibration coming from the blower, especially when put on high. Now that the weather is better in the north here I wanted to take a look at it. I remember a DIY showing how to get to the blower. Tried a few searches and no luck. Anyone??

My dealer is telling me if the problem is a mouse nest or leaves etc then they will charge me 200. I don't think that its leaves etc but would like to at least take a look. its still under warranty.

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This isn't much help-I suspect that it requires some center console removal to get to the HVAC unit

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/...=HEATER+BLOWER
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Blower

Thanks I found that one earlier but I swear I saw a more detailed DIY on here. Maybe I'm wrong, but I remember someone discussing how it is difficult to remove one of the screws etc etc.

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This isn't much help-I suspect that it requires some center console removal to get to the HVAC unit

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/...=HEATER+BLOWER

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How to get to fan

Thanks for reminding me that this site had a description of getting to the Pilot fan. You may find what you want in the Maintenance forum under Cabin Filter Replacement
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I am a new pilot owner 2008- same thing with mice, in blower motor. It is an inherent problem with the Honda Pilot (five other cars have been parked in this garage no problem) It is caused by the loose fitting cowl cover which leaves large gaps near both hood hinges and should be covered by Honda, should be a recall issue, is a design flaw!!! If you google this you will find sooo many honda pilot owners with the same problem- should be treated by Honda (should be no cost to owner or insurance), by pulling the headliner, replacing HEPA filter and cleaning ductwork and repairing the hole.

I have only had the car for a month and I bought a honda specifically to avoid car hassle, this is horrible and Honda needs to address it-it is specific to Pilots!!!!
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It's not endemic to Pilots......used to get that a lot back in the mid 90s on 90-93 Integras......at least half a dozen a year
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Hi Claybuster,

I've had 3 mice die in my car. Not counting the many that just visit; once while I was driving! Each time, I had to disassembly my car to remove the dead body and attempt to get rid of the smell. My car is currently in one of these disassembled states. Literally had to remove the middle seats, carpeting, back of middle console, carpet, and pull out the plastic air duct work from underneath. It's 2006 Pilot. Have you had any luck finding instructions on how to locate this 6 inch open hole! I love my pilot and this has really made me reconsider buying a honda for the first time in my life (I've had 4 Hondas). Would appreciate any help/direction you can provide.

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Hey, I am in stephens city, Va just paid $100.00 to have fan motor housing(squirrel Cage) cleaned out had a nest in it, only to have nest again in 2 days, anybody have an anwser? Honda wants $700 to replace blower case they chewed hole in screan. Hard to get at third screw on cover under passeners side. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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