My truck smell like death

Discussion in '2016 + Toyota Tacoma' started by pauljboudreau, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. pauljboudreau

    pauljboudreau Active Member

    Starting a few days ago my third gen started smelling very bad. It litteraly smell like a decomposing animal has died in the truck. My truck is extremely clean as i let no one eat in it and i am a bit of a maniac when it come to a clean vehicle. So here my question, is there a common place critters are know to crawl into to die? It really smelll in the front of the truck!
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  3. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    Under the hood. Probably not near the exhaust manifold or it would smell like burned hair/food. I found a dead cat on my intake one winter In Idaho. Probably to stay warm but didn’t.
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  4. SRH

    SRH Well-Known Member

    Had mice crawl into my nieces car under the hood one winter... smelled terrible! We didn’t see them at first. Good luck! Hope you figure it out cuz that is not pleasant!!!
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  5. LiplessSoul

    LiplessSoul Member

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  6. SRH

    SRH Well-Known Member

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  7. AZ Pete

    AZ Pete Well-Known Member

    pull your cabin filter and see if a mouse died in there. They have been known to nest under the hood.
  8. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    Was gonna suggest same thing
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  9. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    +1 on checking the cabin filter
  10. Atomic Diesel

    Atomic Diesel Well-Known Member

    ...and that thing about Toyota's being tasty to critters...MIL has a 2015 Avalon that has been 30% rewired because of mice, and other assorted, subversive, terrorist rodents chowing down on the wiring insulation that happens to be manufactured with......peanut oil. Problem solved with a healthy dose of cayenne pepper sprinkled under the hood.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019
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  11. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    +1 on the cabin filter.
    Also, check the air filter. Toyota has always made it easy for chipmunks and mice to get in there. I’ve had it happen.
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  12. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    ^ +4
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  13. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    Yep. Mice built a nest in air cleaner of the wifes Camry and ate the coating on the wires for the fuel injectors.. little bastards
  14. tinyjew

    tinyjew Well-Known Member

    I had baby mice in my cabin filter and after removing the majority of my dash and blower motor I couldn't find dead mommy. It's taken about 2 months for the horrible smell to dissipate
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  15. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

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  16. tinyjew

    tinyjew Well-Known Member

    Yea the first few weeks were horrible, I gagged often. Lots of baking soda, coffee (the favored ones are best because they mask the scent better I think) and damp rids.
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  17. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

  18. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't do a potpourri pot......they tend to upset and get crap all over.......I'd stick with the hang-ups!
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  19. SRH

    SRH Well-Known Member

    My nieces car sat for a winter so it’s understandable how it happened in her car. Did $3500 worth of damage to rewire. Just curious.... are these vehicles being mentioned driven on a regular basis? If so that’s scary to think it can happen to anyone at any time!!
  20. tinyjew

    tinyjew Well-Known Member

    Mines a daily driver. I'm a the lead delivery driver for a Domino's, I pack 150-250 miles on my vehicle per day. No idea how it had time to start a nest. ‍♂️
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  21. 1luv45

    1luv45 Well-Known Member

    I remember one year I destroyed an opossum doing about 80mph. That **** had my car smelling worse than death for about a month after that.

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