Shredded Hood Insulation??

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  1. SweetRide

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    I just bought a comfortably used 2016 Prius, 126k miles. What's weird is that the under-hood insulation is shredded. The dealership blamed the pressure washing of the engine (??!!) And I'm honestly not quite sure what to do with it. Obviously I need to replace it, but I have 800 miles to get home. Should I take it off? Leave it? Make sure to deal with what's hanging? (That's my sister's suggestion.) I'm honestly worried about it getting into the engine

    I'm also not 100% where to get a new one, though I probably know a guy back home who could help
     
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    Mice?

    Do a few more posts (4~5?) and then you'll be able to post a pic, if possible.
     
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    Mice have been in there, and might still be. Check the air cleaner box and the HVAC fan chambers. That's where they usually build the nest with what they've foraged.
     
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    Keep in mind too: this is likely a dealership that is BS'ing as fast as they can. Not that that's unusual. :rolleyes:
     
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    I wash my engine department and do not have any shredded insulation. It would take someone acting bizarrely.
     
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    I don't think it was mice? It was a clean tear in the covering, and then a bit of damage to the insulation underneath. Not what mice would look like.
     
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    This would not surprise me. Maybe directly pressure washing the insulation? It kind of looked like that could have been the case, as if you stripped a slice of covering away and beat the underside a bit.

    I cut the hanging pieces off for my drive home. No error codes, no untoward problems on the long drive so I think I'm probably ok? I'm having the local hybrid expert do *all the things* it needs, but they're backed up about a week and a half from vacation <sigh>
     
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    Check the engine and cabin filters asap.

    Could be nothing, someone trying to unclog a washer jet for example.
     
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    Here's my hood insulation pad story: I didn't even plan to pop off the plastic rivets and look at/under it, but... Oddly, the windshield wiper sprayers all (4 of them) wouldn't work, but I could hear the little pump running and I had wiper fluid. I tried putting a baby pin into each of the 4 to unstick and focus their spray. No luck... But then, when the hood was up, I started seeing lots of blue liquid coming out from behind the pad. Hmm. I tried to remove the pad rivets carefully with interior removal tools. They are really on tight. All of the ones I removed broke. Toyota/Ebay have more... What I found underneath was icky and funny. Lots of orange mouse nesting material, almost all of it severed from the black pad. Liberal mouse poop (clean your hands after, don't breathe: danger of death!) and... a 3 inch section of rubber (soy rubber?) hosing chewed away. I did a 'temporary' repair by sticking a tasefully black Halloween straw between the trimmed bits of hosing, prayed a bit (I didn't, but, OK, I will be thankful in my next prayers) and put the car in accessory power on mode and squirted... And it worked! Now I just need to replace the yellow insulation material with fire-safe material. What can we put down to repel the next mouse looking for his/her/their house?

    Tags: Are your sprayers not working? Do you hear your engine a bit louder than it should be? Has your vehicle sat unused in a barn a long time?
     
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