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Old 01-23-2005, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Snow coming through air vents?

Ok, so yesterday was the first real snow in va. I went out driving with some friends to go to blockbusters. I get in, start it up, then turn the heat on full blast with the outside air, so the windows dont fog up. A bunch of snow came in!! It stopped after a couple seconds. Is there any way to stop this? Am I missing a filter or something? I know the outside air intake is right under the windshield wipers, but I never thought it would blow snow through the system. Any ideas, does this happen to anyone else?
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Old 01-23-2005, 07:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have tundra and it happens to me. Now if only the a/c blew snow like this during the summer, hehe.
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many vehs i have owned have done this, one just the other day. Not sure if it is snow from outside or its frozen moisture that blows out from the vents.
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Old 01-23-2005, 07:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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my 85 spits leaves @ me in the summertime
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Old 01-23-2005, 07:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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ok, thanks guys, i feel a lot better knowing something isnt wrong with my truck!
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Old 01-23-2005, 07:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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nope it is just a desing flaw... fyi, ithin kall the vehicles i have ever owned have done this to some extent....
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Ok, so yesterday was the first real snow in va. I went out driving with some friends to go to blockbusters. I get in, start it up, then turn the heat on full blast with the outside air, so the windows dont fog up. A bunch of snow came in!! It stopped after a couple seconds. Is there any way to stop this? Am I missing a filter or something? I know the outside air intake is right under the windshield wipers, but I never thought it would blow snow through the system. Any ideas, does this happen to anyone else?
Did you dust off the truck vents (at the base of the windsheild) before you took off?
or just leave it covered in snow and turned the heat on full blast?

....I don't have that happening on my truck.
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I've had the same thing happen a few times so I pulled off the vent cover and saw the entire inside of the duct was covered in frost. seems to only happen when the inside of the cab is damp from melting snow off shoes and such. Or possibly you have the factory installed snow cone dispenser?!
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Last run I was on was at Big Bear last August.
There was SO much dust that when I got back to camp and turned on the A/C I got a faceful of Big Bear dust
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Did you dust off the truck vents (at the base of the windsheild) before you took off?
or just leave it covered in snow and turned the heat on full blast?

....I don't have that happening on my truck.
I didnt take any of the snow off, lol, but I always thought that there would be something preventing stuff from blowing through the system, what about bees and stuff in the summer? I hate bees, lol, that would scare the crap out of me if bees could get through the system by the vent at the bottom of the windshield.
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Old 01-24-2005, 04:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Bees can easily come through there. I was on a run and the Heep in front of me knocked a big hornets nest off a tree branch with his roll bar. All of a sudden, bees were EVERYWHERE. He had to deal with the nest sitting in his back seat and when the bees started coming out of my vents, I flipped it over to recirculate and swatted them as they came out. I got a half dozen bees inside, he had to deal with thousands
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I would seriously drive my truck into a lake if that happened to me, lol
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If that happened to me, I'd park it and open up all the doors, and sit on the curb till they all flew out.
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Getting out was not an option. There were thousands of them swarming out there and just a few inside. Getting out would have meant suffering the Heep drivers fate and the view was MUCH better from inside. Once I swatted the ones that got in, my work was done and I could sit back until the swarm was done having it's way with the Heep and it's driver and moved on

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yeah had i owned that jeep either it would be in the nearest lake or I'd have set a new land speed record for running which I've alreayd done once when my quad decided to stall just as I ran into a nest of ground hornets.... I got lucky with only 16 stings.....
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I get snow, I get dust, I get leaves, both on the Yotas and the F150. I don't know why they don't make the screen a bit tighter.
Our car has a cabin air filter (some yotas do too) and it won't happen with them, but then you need to remember to clean that stuff off the filter occasionally.
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I was dying ROTFLMAO at all the bees stories!

Bottom line is there is no filter of any kind so if you don't want crap from outside coming inside...flip it to recirculate.
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someone needs to make a "bee filter" write up, lol
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my 85 spits leaves @ me in the summertime
mine does too i have to take them out at night when i want heat because they block the air flow. im assuming that 2nd gen. pickups dont have cabin filters do they? or is mine and jimbo's just missing.
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