Bird nest in the most inconvenient place!
So I have a F-150 as my personal, and tow, vehicle that I drive on an irregular basis. Yesterday I took it for a drive to the NF close to me to scout out some boondocking spots, and while out it seemed like I was getting horrible gas mileage, and while on a two track it smelled like grass was burning. I stopped and checked underneath the truck for caught up grass and didnít see any. Drove around more, no issues. Today while installing new off road lights on my grill guard I noticed a whole bunch of grass and weeds behind the grill, completely covering my radiator and oil cooler. I tried pulling it out, no luck. Went and washed the truck, getting all the grass soaked. Came back home, and had to pull the grass out in chunks through the grill (PITA), and blow it out with an air hose. It appears that the birds thought is was a good place to make a nest because there was a lot of bird feathers intertwined in the grass.
Moral of the story, it is a good idea to take a quick look around your stuff that might been sitting around for months to see if critters might have decided that they like that area for their home. (Though I would never have though of them making their home in my radiator compartment)
This a picture of the majority of the grass I was able to pull out, still had to blow more of it out with the air hose. And more is still thereÖ. Hopefully itíll find its way out now thatís it not packed in and intertwined while doing down the road.