and he's decomposing. She mentioned a stench from the vents of her GX 470 last week. We went shopping and I recognized the dead mouse smell from the dash vents. I pulled the HVAC filter and it had a pile of mouse turds and some french fries and cereal from the kids' seats in the back. You might remember I'm and ex Benz wrench so I've chased these before. I pulled the wipers and cowling, no dead critter. pulled blower and blower housing, no critter. Pushed and pulled all vents with the shop vac, no critter. Inspected all vents with fiber optic borescope, no critter. Uggh. Pull dash, try not to crack any woodgrain. Wife pops in garage, is stunned to see the skeleton of her SUV. I tell her I should find Warehouse Mouse (you with kids know who) in the white box, she sniffs it, says "He's in there", and says she's making lunch for me. I wait until after lunch to find that I cannot find Warehouse Mouse. Some labyrinths in the HVAC case cannot be inspected with flaps intact, so I strategically drill 1/2" holes and inspect with borescope, NO FRIKIN MOUSE. So I have four days of tedious inspection and disassembly, with no rodent found. I reinspect the rest of the car, and find mouse turds around the childseats in the third row, but no proof of nesting or crispy corpse. Being that we've been down to one vehicle this whole week, I've decided to reassemble. I sprayed the snot out of the HVAC case with ZORB, filled the test ports, and reinstalled the dash. It should be back together tomorrow morning, and if need be I'll tear the rear HVAC apart. Again my wife was stunned to see her Lexus exploded about the garage, so whether or not I find the critter I've at least earned a month worth of payback upstairs, so at least it's not for naught. You mechanics know this- it's one thing to teardown a dash for HVAC repair while being paid, and it is quite another to do it for 'free'.