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Old 03-22-2020, 07:21 PM   #1
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Only had this Melbourne 24L since Sept. 2019 and discovered something new today.
Two times in about 30 min. today, a small bird flew away from the left side of the front grill. First time I thought, when I get a chance, need to check for blocking critters from getting behind the grill. Second time, I looked closer and found several slots (3-4) across grill large enough for a small bird, but too small for my hand to fit thru.
So, on the left side of front grill about headlight level is a large opening behind the grill (about 4 in. diameter) that you can't access from back of grill and to get your hand in there you'd have to remove the grill. Looking more closely, I discovered this is the air intake for the diesel engine. Now this could cause a problem when you hit the road, not knowing a birds nest is in the intake. She made a really good nest with about 3-4 cups of leaves and straw/grass in there.
I plan to remove the grill when I have time and place some 1/4 in. hardware cloth (wire) over the engine air intake opening.
Only bad news related to this was the 4 bird eggs that hit the concrete while cleaning out the nest.
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Old 03-22-2020, 10:01 PM   #2
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Before I built the garage I had the same issue. I was able to pull out what I thought was all of it before a trip but about 60 miles down the interstate the rest got sucked in to the filter lighting up the dash with a few warning lights. I got the rest out on the side of I75 by taking the air filter cover off. I think the nest was in the intake tube close to the top. I was able to get enough from the bottom of the tube to think I got it all.
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Old 03-28-2020, 09:56 PM   #3
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My fix for the open air intake behind the grill, to prevent entry of critters, bird nest, etc.
Sorry, the pix flipped with the download...maybe you can figure out the view.
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Old 03-31-2020, 03:50 PM   #4
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thanks for this info we found a nest started in our mercedes, did as this site said and fixed the problem. called a friend who had just purchased a mecredes and warned him.
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Old 03-31-2020, 08:51 PM   #5
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thanks for this info we found a nest started in our mercedes, did as this site said and fixed the problem. called a friend who had just purchased a mecredes and warned him.
You're welcome, good you found it before hitting the road.
I hope this info will help others too.
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