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Old 03-17-2003, 03:58 AM
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Question How can I remove this...whatever it's called....

It's the plastic piece that sits right on top of the engine. Mines the 3.0. While storing the car during the winter, a few chipmunks or mice made a nice home for themselves inside the engine compartment, right on top of the engine! I got most of the stuff removed and vacuumed out, but there are still a few acorn shells stuck way down in there. Unless I'm doing a good job describing this, which I probably am not, I'll take a picture or two tonight and post them. This plastic piece runs the length of the engine on top of the engine and has black/silver striping. Looks like the intake manifold runs underneath it. It has two circular pieces built into it that look like they may cover a screw to hold it in place. Not wanting to force anything, I didn't try to pry anything off. Can anyone help?
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Old 03-17-2003, 12:02 PM
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Yup, it's those circle covers you want to pop off to get to a bolt underneath each. You can pop off those covers with your fingernails or a screwdriver. Just be gentle to not break the covers (they're probably cheap to replace anyway ). 2 bolts on the center cover and 2 bolts and the oil cap on the cover towards the passenger side.

Yeah I also got some kind of rodent making a home right on top of my engine. Luckily I haven't found any cooking on top of my engine yet.
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Re: How can I remove this...whatever it's called....

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It's the plastic piece that sits right on top of the engine. Mines the 3.0. While storing the car during the winter, a few chipmunks or mice made a nice home for themselves inside the engine compartment, right on top of the engine! I got most of the stuff removed and vacuumed out, but there are still a few acorn shells stuck way down in there. Unless I'm doing a good job describing this, which I probably am not, I'll take a picture or two tonight and post them. This plastic piece runs the length of the engine on top of the engine and has black/silver striping. Looks like the intake manifold runs underneath it. It has two circular pieces built into it that look like they may cover a screw to hold it in place. Not wanting to force anything, I didn't try to pry anything off. Can anyone help?
Was able to pop them off and take the cover off. Managed to snake the vacuum cleaner tube down in there and get out all of the chewed up acorns and stuff. Also, on another person recommendation, I popped the airbox cover, pulled the air filter and sure enough, the little buggers had been sleeping in there too. Fished around in the air intake ducting to make sure there was no more residue, buttoned it up and fired it up. Got an airbaga warning light on though....
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Get the light checked out, they might have gnawed at the crash sensor connections. Have them check the whole harness... rodents can make a real mess of car electrics.
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Was able to pop them off and take the cover off. Managed to snake the vacuum cleaner tube down in there and get out all of the chewed up acorns and stuff. Also, on another person recommendation, I popped the airbox cover, pulled the air filter and sure enough, the little buggers had been sleeping in there too. Fished around in the air intake ducting to make sure there was no more residue, buttoned it up and fired it up. Got an airbaga warning light on though....
Yep, will be doing that. Got an appointment for 3 weeks from today, which is the earliest my dealer can see me. Next year, I get moth balls!
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