Discussion in 'Exterior' started by Bigell, Oct 29, 2020.
I had squirrels under my hood. Lucky they didn't chew any wires. Glad I didn't have a fire.
why wouldn't you fix the wire? get shrink wrap tubing, your soldering iron and patch that section of wire.
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Yes, varmints eating wiring is in part due to the transition away from oil-based wire insulation to plant-based wire insulation (soy beans). The plant-based wire insulation actually attracts the varmints to chew them up. One of the down-side trade-offs on going 'green'.
I've put rat poison in my portable garage, where I house my truck, as I've had both mice and squirrels 'visit' it in the past month.
I'd go with the recommendation to try to fix those particular wires first, before considering replacing the entire wire harness.
I use Rodent Defense spray. I spray the engine compartment once a month with it.
Earlier this year, my brother's Dodge Caravan SRT wouldn't start. He had it towed to the dealer. They had to replace the wiring at the fuel pump harness, it had gotten chewed up.
So they just don't chew on wiring in the engine bay, they'll chew on wiring up under the vehicle too.
He started putting little bean bags filled with moth balls in front and behind each tire after parking it to keep them from climbing up the tires/wheels
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I never lost any wiring from them, but the chipmunks and hundreds of Hickory nuts stashed in every possible access. I never got them out of the hood of an old 82, even tried flipping it around. Finally some hungry mice found them>!
Had similar Stabilitrak and TPS codes on my '10 LTZ this spring. Rodents chewed through TPS and other wires under the engine cover. Thought the codes were related to a TSB on the TPS, so I took it to a dealer. (my VIN was not in the TSB) They re-flashed my computer after they spliced and shrink wrapped a couple of wires and all was good. $250 Being that they got it in/out in about 2 hours, I thought it was a deal compared to what I had envisioned.
We had a squirrel nest built atop our Tahoe engine overnight.
Usually the issue is field mice that are active at night though.
Wife's Wrangler had baby mice born in the glove compartment! We ended up having to trade it in when they got in the heater box that had no access. What a stink.
When we had a motor home that sat it was an open invitation.
The joy of living in the country.
I had a squirrel build a nest on top of the second battery platform near the front driver's side under the hood. I removed the nest and discover two baby squirrels inside. The mother came back, gathered them, and carried them off. No damage to wiring, but I don't park the Tahoe in that location anymore. I haven't had a repeat, and I haven't used any chemicals so far, but may eventually do so. The mother squirrel is still around here and gets into the garage every chance she gets.
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