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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 09-20-2012, 04:45 PM
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What I found in the slpash cover

A few days ago, my son had been driving my i530 for a couple of days. He stopped driving it because he smelled something bad from car. Yesterday I also noticed some stinky smell. I even saw some maggots dropping out of the splash cover area under the engine. Today I dropped the splash cover and guess what did I found: a dead squirrel!

Has anybody had similar experience? How can a dead squirrel get inside splash cover!
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:19 PM
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He could have gotten in through the engine compartment. Also, the rear portion of the cover is not sealed up.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:28 PM
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I doubt he as dead when he crawled up on splash guard ha ha, Funny, animals crawl up into cars usually for warmth when it's cold out. Your in California, and it's pleanty warm. Was your 530 sitting for a while prior to being driven by your son? Outside perhaps?
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:54 AM
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:57 AM
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He could have gotten in through the engine compartment. Also, the rear portion of the cover is not sealed up.
Exactly. It only goes as far back as the front of the subframe. Plenty of room for creatures to get in there.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:26 AM
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Here's an even crazier story: This reminds me of the time when I was a teen and we had an unknown animal invade our garage. It was winter and our garage was warm. We had plastic garbage cans and it ate right through them to find a "meal". Garbage was everywhere. So my brother and I put out rat poison. Sure enough, about two days later, the invasion appeared to stop. However, our garage continued to have a certain smell, kinda like dinner from a few nights ago. Every time the Firebird pulled into the garage, the smell would come back. After a day or two, we opened the hood on the Firebird but could see nothing. But the smell was stronger. So we pulled the air filter and lo and behold, a good sized rat was laying dead, right in the V of the V8, And he had dinner from a few nights back scattered around him. He would take food from the garbage, crawl into the engine and sit in the V, where it was warm, to have his dinner. He died right where he ate. After he died, whenever the Firebird was driven, it would reheat the leftovers creating the smell of dinner. I've never seen anything like that before or since. Crazy!
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:23 AM
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Here is my son's story about how the squirrel got there: the high school he goes to used some poison to kill squirrels. This squirrel ate some rat poison and did not feel well and found a place to keep him warm, which became his resting place. Poor squirrel!
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:59 PM
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Here's an even crazier story: This reminds me of the time when I was a teen and we had an unknown animal invade our garage. It was winter and our garage was warm. We had plastic garbage cans and it ate right through them to find a "meal". Garbage was everywhere. So my brother and I put out rat poison. Sure enough, about two days later, the invasion appeared to stop. However, our garage continued to have a certain smell, kinda like dinner from a few nights ago. Every time the Firebird pulled into the garage, the smell would come back. After a day or two, we opened the hood on the Firebird but could see nothing. But the smell was stronger. So we pulled the air filter and lo and behold, a good sized rat was laying dead, right in the V of the V8, And he had dinner from a few nights back scattered around him. He would take food from the garbage, crawl into the engine and sit in the V, where it was warm, to have his dinner. He died right where he ate. After he died, whenever the Firebird was driven, it would reheat the leftovers creating the smell of dinner. I've never seen anything like that before or since. Crazy!
Ew gross you people eat dead rats for dinner?
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:04 PM
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Still better then my sisters cat that liked to sleep in the work trucks engine bay, one day the truck started. Ill just say it did much more then startle the cat. Chop chop chop.. twas a mess.
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:06 PM
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Earlier this summer I had a bag of peanuts in the garage. One morning I opened the hood of my car and found peanut shells all over my engine compartment. The squirrels had found them and were carrying them up under my hood for a nice warm place to dine.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:47 PM
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I keep this in my engine to keep out the squirrels!
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:44 AM
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:23 PM
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The squirrel did more damage than I thought

I just found that the dead squirrel did more damage to me car today!
It is a hot today. I turned the AC on today. No cold air! When I looked the under hood, AC belt is gone!
I did notice a belt next to the dead squirrel the other day. Thinking the previous owner may have dropped it before. I did not pay much attention and threw the belt away with the dead squirrel. Now I know the belt was my AC belt. The squirrel managed to chew belt off.

Is it OK to drive the car without AC belt? I will do the whole cooling system in a month or so. I will get the new belt then.
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:35 PM
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Still better then my sisters cat that liked to sleep in the work trucks engine bay, one day the truck started. Ill just say it did much more then startle the cat. Chop chop chop.. twas a mess.
Have a very similar story to this one. To make a long story short, started my work truck in the early morning, thud thud thud, turned it off quickley, opened the hood saw my fan had pieces missing and there was a cat head sitting under what was left of my fan.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:03 AM
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I have found a dead squirl in my splash guard once but the one that pissed me off was hitting a possum and it knocked out my ambient temp. sensor and left blood on my bumper.

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