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Q and A: Mice can cause huge mess in air filter

Published 05/11/2011, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

QUESTION: This spring I went to replace my air filter, only to discover that mice had chewed out the entire section leading into the throttle body. Did it affect my engine by driving it over the entire winter this way? I checked the filter last summer and it was fine, but in late fall I was still going up to the cabin, which is on a very dusty gravel road. I installed a wire mesh screen on the front side of the new air filter. Is this OK?

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