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    Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Everyone take a peak behind the foam pad insert of the front fenders. To my surprise, the fender was stuffed with leaves and sticks. If you open the front doors, push to the side the black pad and let me know if anyone else has a load of debris collected behind there. I can see this as being a problem in the future as it will hold dirt an moisture and cause possibly premature Rust. I cannot believe how much is in the fenders....

    Please if a few people can report back on findings....
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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Leaves and sticks in void spaces indicate nesting attempts by squirrels or other rodents.

    Or you park under some really nasty trees/shrubbery.

    My 2002 is squeaky clean in there.

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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    I found two small leaves and created a hell of a bruise on my hand in accessing the area. ( I take blood thinners and I bruise easily.)
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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Thanks for the info. I found a leaf and a couple of pine needles on each side. This is after 1 year, so I guess it's not too bad. Something I'll check once in awhile.
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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kikk View Post
    Thanks for the info. I found a leaf and a couple of pine needles on each side. This is after 1 year, so I guess it's not too bad. Something I'll check once in awhile.
    I guess it depends where you park.. For people parking under Pine Trees (God Forbid) or under trees in general that shed leaves, give those fender wells a look. I have not looked to close to figure out how the leaves are getting in the fender wells....

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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    2018 XT5 7500 miles checked out after reading this. Passenger side had a large handful of leaves driver side just a couple.I guess something I will need to check occasionally to keep future rusting away. Mine is stored in garage and when at work in the middle of a large parking lot.So no trees or small critters.

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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Quote Originally Posted by skyhighdiver View Post
    2018 XT5 7500 miles checked out after reading this. Passenger side had a large handful of leaves driver side just a couple.I guess something I will need to check occasionally to keep future rusting away.
    Need to figure out how entire leaves are getting in there. I can just imagine the problems in the future this can cause. Less than a year and that much buildup is way too much. Nothing should be building up in fenders....
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    After 2.75 years on the road, I got a leaf and 2 pine needles out of my fender today.

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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nice Ride View Post
    Need to figure out how entire leaves are getting in there. I can just imagine the problems in the future this can cause. Less than a year and that much buildup is way too much. Nothing should be building up in fenders....
    Did you read Post #2 ??????? - get rid of the squirrels and rats.

    Wait until you find snakes curled up on the warm engine or chewed wiring from rodents ........... common.

    Try a wadded up fabric softener cloth in each fender area.

    EDIT: "In the garage........" makes no difference - for mice and snakes, especially. You might be amazed at the amount of leaves, twigs, pine needles, and fluff that a mouse can move in one night.
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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Well I can assure you its not mice or rats or squirrels or bears
    They get in there through everyday road driving

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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Following suggestion from Nice Ride, I went to my dealer this morning and reported bad odors inside my car and asked to look inside the front fenders. Here are the pictures :

    Driver side :
    Driver side re.jpg

    Passenger side :
    Passenger side re.jpg

    This is after only 2 years and a half and I'm not living in a forest ! My dealer cleaned everything and sent pictures to GM asking a solution to prevent this. If you open the hood, you will see a big hole on each side of the front windshield and nothing to prevent leaves and others elements to go there.
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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Quote Originally Posted by SRX-MTL View Post
    If you open the hood, you will see a big hole on each side of the front windshield and nothing to prevent leaves and others elements to go there.
    Design flaw. Most quality vehicles incorporate screening molded into the windshield base air paneling to prevent just this sort of problem. I assumed (there you go) that the vehicle in question had at least rudimentary debris protection.

    Sort of like this generic example - at least it catches the big chunks.
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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Very good find! I have cleaned mine out again and as a temp fix till Either GM or I come up with a better one. I wadded up some black aluminum window screen and pushed into hole.Allows the water to flow through and air but blocks the debris

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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Quote Originally Posted by skyhighdiver View Post
    Very good find! I have cleaned mine out again and as a temp fix till Either GM or I come up with a better one. I wadded up some black aluminum window screen and pushed into hole.Allows the water to flow through and air but blocks the debris
    Good idea.

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    Re: Debris build up in Fender Wells.... Shocking...

    Instead of aluminium window screen, you can put piece of gutter guard. It is more rigid and solid than window screen

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