find the dead mouse

in my car! phew it stinks!
it's not in the heating system, it wasn't under the back seat, but i did find a nest under the carpeting along the edge of the back seat. no dead mouse in it though. it's not under or in the wheel well for the spare. nor is it anywhere i can see along the edges of the trunk or under that carpeting.
what i need is a nice enough day again where i can air the car out and then sit there and see if i can trace the stink back to the source (yes, i'll have a shower sometime before then).
thanks to youtube i was able to find out how to take out the back seats. there was some chewing going on in the foam under there and a stinky spot where the mice were peeing but not nearly as bad as i expected it to be. no dead mouse tho.
any other ideas of spots to look? i've looked in the central console where the shifter and parking brake are at, also looked up under the dash, but see no signs of anything like mouse nest. it may be in one of the side panels along the seats in the back but that might take some study to figure out how to get into those places.
or i just leave it to stink up the car until it freeze dries this winter? ew... ah well...
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On 10/17/2015 11:59 AM, songbird wrote:

Did you check the engine compartment? Animals like to enter there after the car has stopped due to the warmth. He could be cooking somewhere in there.
Reminds me of an incident many moons ago. I loaned my car to my dad. When he returned it, I could smell the stench of a decaying corpse. I found a possum fried to the side of the engine. I took the car to a local service station and offered the kid $25 to get it out. The elder mechanics egged him on to go for it. He reached down and grabbed a paw. After a yank, the paw came off but the animal still remained. The kid took a 10 minute breather after gagging, choking and almost puking. His co-workers were laughing their asses off as was I but they stilled egged him on. He finally took a broom handle and force it through to the bottom while all of us were laughing hysterically. It was the best and most entertaining $25 I ever spent.
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Meanie wrote: ...

yep, it's fine, i did find the start of a nest in the air filter but that was removed and wire mesh was put over the air intake opening so they can't get back in again.

probably close to the least amount you ever spent at a mechanic's place too! :)
i took a cat for a ride down the road for a half mile before it jumped out. i heard it and then saw it tumbling in the road in the rearview mirror. we don't have cats or dogs so it was either one of the neighbor's cats or one of the feral cats that are sometimes around.
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Oren wrote: ...

no dogs, no cats...
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On 10/17/2015 11:59 AM, songbird wrote:

Similar problem, here. Bought a car that stinks of cigarettes. Sigh. Will do some cleaning of surfaces, spray some stuff in the air, and possibly do some upholstery cleaning.
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Stormin Mormon wrote:

good luck!
years ago, rented a place that was previously inhabited by a heavy smoker. i thought it just needed to be aired out... was i wrong...
aired it out, had the landlord steam clean the carpets twice. scrubbed the walls (many buckets of nasty brown water later) used a few gallons of febreeze after that to try to get the stench out (rolled it on with a paint roller). scrubbed and cleaned every other surface, it still stank.
when i moved out i threw away almost every- thing, luckily i had most of the good stuff in storage so i didn't have to get rid of it too, but i did have to get a new bed.
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On Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 6:43:00 PM UTC-4, songbird wrote:

About 40 years ago I moved into my first apartment. My smoker aunt gave me a room sized carpet. I took it and had it professionally cleaned by one of those places that had a machine big enough to clean it, top and bottom, whi le flat. They would not guarantee that they could get the smell out.
I thought it smelled fine when I brought it home so I laid it out in the li ving room. When I got home from work the next night I rolled it back up and tossed it in the dumpster. The whole apartment reeked for 3 days, even wit h all the windows open and fans drawing air in from some windows and blowin g out from others.
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On Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 7:51:00 AM UTC-4, Stormin Mormon wrote:

I will never buy a car that stinks of tobacco ......
the odor gets into everything and actually makes me ill
i have been tld that a ion generator left running in a empty vehicle can cut the odor.
you need a powerful ion generator, and avoid its output its bad for living things
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On 10/18/2015 7:51 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Some Simple Green, bucket of hot water, towel, and some wiping. Much better.
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Go to your computer case. On the back there are lots of wires. Follow them. If you get to the end of the wire and it's plugged into the wall, that's the wrong wire. Try again. If you get to your keyboard or monitor or anything else, that dont appear to be a mouse, it's still the wrong wire.
Eventually you'll follow the right wire and find the mouse. Just remember the wire is the mouse's tail. Once you find the dead mouse, replace it with a new one and your computer will work properly once again.
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it smelled like something died near the front of my garage.
sometime later months had gone by I found a mouse hanging by its tail, tail was stuck between some romex.
I guess he must of fallen got his tail stuck and died that way......
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wrote:

No air coming out from under my fridge. There should be. Rolled the fridge out from the wall, took off the cardboard cover. In the little fan, a dead mouse was stuck.
I never smelled anything. The fan wasn't running for at least 2 weeks, but that was 10 years ago and I guess it didn't hurt the fridge.
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Easy for you to say.
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Your electric bill was probably higher all that time due to less efficient running of the fridge...
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