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Old 03-29-2017, 12:25 PM   #1
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Rats!

Had a check engine light come on in Bishop last week. OBD2 code indicated camshaft position sensor. In reality a wire was gnawed by a rodent.

Last January in AZ we saw signs in some campgrounds warning of rodents and to open hood slightly. Others also use a string of LED lights draped on the ground around their tow vehicle.

Although I personally don't care for exterior LED's in campgrounds I also don't want another $300 repair bill.
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Old 03-29-2017, 12:30 PM   #2
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We had it happen in our driveway this year. Rats made a nest overnight in wifes car and did $2000 worth of damage. Insurance claim covered some of it, but still nasty.
The shop told us to put moth balls in the engine compartment, so I found some plastic mothball holders at Wally and zip-tied them by all the batteries in the cars. Haven't seen any of the lil critters since. I'm going to keep some under the trailers in the storage lot as well.
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I was told to put Bounce sheets everywhere. Seems to have worked in my trailer, but not in my car.
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Seems like it's pretty universal. My wife's car is stored in the garage over the winter and it ended up with a nest by the heater blower motor. I couldn't even figure out how they managed to get into the duct. She was lucky, no wires were chewed on. I closed off the one possibility they had for gaining entry to the garage and nothing since. Horrible that they can cause so much damage in modern cars. Probably in the old days, not so much.

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Seems like it's pretty universal. My wife's car is stored in the garage over the winter and it ended up with a nest by the heater blower motor. I couldn't even figure out how they managed to get into the duct. She was lucky, no wires were chewed on. I closed off the one possibility they had for gaining entry to the garage and nothing since. Horrible that they can cause so much damage in modern cars. Probably in the old days, not so much.

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Ron they chew the wires because they think it is food . Wires are made from corn on modern cars now . Pat
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The auto shop guy mentioned that they don't eat the wiring so much in older cars, mostly the models after 2000. Guess it's the corn wiring insulation they must have started using.
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The auto shop guy mentioned that they don't eat the wiring so much in older cars, mostly the models after 2000. Guess it's the corn wiring insulation they must have started using.
Nice isn't it ? Another reason to keep my old truck . Pat
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FYI. Mothballs! They also get rid of Bats, used in an attic bats were gone within 24 hrs.
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The auto shop guy mentioned that they don't eat the wiring so much in older cars, mostly the models after 2000. Guess it's the corn wiring insulation they must have started using.
well there is another thing they can get corn out of, besides the gas!
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FYI. Mothballs! They also get rid of Bats, used in an attic bats were gone within 24 hrs.
Hi: Pfaffy... FYI... I don't like the smell of 'em either!!! Alf
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