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Old 02-02-2019, 06:13 PM   #1
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New THUNK, THUNK, thunk, thunk, thunk when starting

Picked up my car the other day after having lent it to my daughter and her boyfriend for a few days. As soon as the engine caught I heard a couple of loud thunks followed by softer thunks until idle smoothed out. This was also accompanied by various scraping noises. First thought, 'What the hell have you guys done to my car!'

Since then I have only started it a couple times to move it around to shovel snow out of driveway. Each startup exhibited the exact same behaviour. Finally warmed up enough today to go take a look at her.

Hard pack snow and ice encasing lower engine and transmission. Breathed a big sigh of relief knowing they didn't F something up.

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Old 02-02-2019, 07:26 PM   #2
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I took those same pics 2 years ago in my silver car lol. I think I picked it up when I backed out of a street that was seemingly too deep for my lowered setup at the time lol
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Old 02-02-2019, 07:29 PM   #3
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She had left it sitting in a GO parking lot during the last storm. I figure the wind whipped snow blew in under the car and up into the engine bay.

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Old 02-02-2019, 07:50 PM   #4
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Last year, went to move the 3 company cars... Some were dead, so popped the hood and surprise!

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Old 02-02-2019, 08:41 PM   #5
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Wow. I've never seen that before!
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:13 PM   #6
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Splash guards scoop snow onto engine etc. in reverse gear Yaris

The left and right splash guards are scoops in reverse! I'm in a flat place w/ winter treads and full rear seat delete front weight bias...so just drive out instead of shoveling snow. Backing in on the flip-flop scoops snow, and backing will also scoop branches and junk when off-roading.

Would like to find some ugly splash guards to modify.
(The lower grill also traps branches going forward, so would screen over that and the fog light delete grills)
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:21 PM   #7
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Wow. I've never seen that before!
Hood was left open during a snow event?
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Old 02-03-2019, 11:25 AM   #8
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Last year, went to move the 3 company cars... Some were dead, so popped the hood and surprise!

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I'm guessing that had I popped the hood initially at the GO station I might have had a similar sight. There is evidence in the engine bay of snow having reached as high as the valve cover in places. No telling how much melted away in the 30 minute drive back home that day.

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Old 02-03-2019, 11:30 AM   #9
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Parked facing against wind direction of a powdery blizzard?
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Parked facing against wind direction of a powdery blizzard?
Must have been what happened over Christmas holidays in 2017. Hehe

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