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Unread 12-01-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Wildlife will die for this...

So I just got the Jeep back from the shop today. Got in the other day, turned the key, it cranked but never started up. My (out of town) mechanic brother-in-law eventually diagnosed it as a fuel-pump related issue. After having it towed to the shop and having them look into it further, I got some good news and some bad news. The good news was that the fuel pump was fine and I wasn't going to have to pay a fortune for a new one. The bad news was that the electrical wire leading to the pump was severed, and it appeared that something had chewed through it. In other words, some hateful mouse or squirrel in my back yard owes me $250 for the repairs.

Has this happened to anyone else? And if so, did you also get the urge to buy a shotgun and rid your yard of anything that crawls like I did?

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Unread 12-01-2010, 09:43 PM   #2
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$250 to splice the 4 or so wires that run to the fuel pump sounds a bit high, but I guess thats mostly labor. Still sucks though. I had the engine wiring harness catch on fire, does that count?
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Unread 12-01-2010, 09:52 PM   #3
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I say you should commit Mouse/squirrel genocide. Just a thought.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 09:54 PM   #4
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Wow. Learn how to do your own work. A fuel pump is an easy replacement. Splicing a few wires is easy and would have cost you about $5 and 10 minutes.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 09:56 PM   #5
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I know it was probably an easy fix, but I'm about as mechanically retarded as it gets with cars. Getting into possibly dropping the fuel tank isn't really something I wanted to try to learn on the fly, especially since it's 20 degrees outside right now.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 09:59 PM   #6
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I know it was probably an easy fix, but I'm about as mechanically retarded as it gets with cars. Getting into possibly dropping the fuel tank isn't really something I wanted to try to learn on the fly, especially since it's 20 degrees outside right now.
Theres so many things wrong with this quote its frightening.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:03 PM   #7
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Wow. Learn how to do your own work. A fuel pump is an easy replacement. Splicing a few wires is easy and would have cost you about $5 and 10 minutes.
^This. $250 for splicing a few wires blows. And a shotgun is really the wrong tool for rodents.
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theres so many things wrong with this quote its frightening.


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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:08 PM   #9
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Theres so many things wrong with this quote its frightening.
Well, by all means, please enlighten me.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:14 PM   #10
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$250 to splice the 4 or so wires that run to the fuel pump sounds a bit high, but I guess thats mostly labor. Still sucks though. I had the engine wiring harness catch on fire, does that count?
I imagine a good portion of that was diagnosis and locating the wiring problem.




I haven't had it happen, but my brother had a rat or mouse get under the hood of his BMW and chew up a bunch of wiring harness. I think that bill was nearly $800.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:16 PM   #11
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My brother was finishing a fly in forestry camp after 2 weeks. Helicopter drops him off at his truck, which is still 80kms from the nearest hick town. Him and his crew where all pumped up to head back to civilization to tie one on, only to find a porcupine had gutted all his lines under the hood. The poor little bugger was still under the truck. No need to say more.
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Well, by all means, please enlighten me.
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-I know it was probably an easy fix

-I'm about as mechanically retarded as it gets

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-isn't really something I wanted to try to learn on the fly

-it's 20 degrees outside right now.
You'll get as much out of it that you put into it. A Jeeper can only survive if hes a wrencher.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:20 PM   #13
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I imagine a good portion of that was diagnosis and locating the wiring problem.




I haven't had it happen, but my brother had a rat or mouse get under the hood of his BMW and chew up a bunch of wiring harness. I think that bill was nearly $800.
Yeah, I'm sure that almost my entire bill was for diagnosis and labor, as the wiring was probably very inexpensive.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:21 PM   #14
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My neighbor had a chipmunk climb into his engine and try to build a nest, it chewed through the air filter, he built his nest on top of one of the pistons. When he tried to start the car after it sat in his garage for 3 days, bad things happened. The end result was the motor needed to be rebuilt, he was not happy. They found pieces of the nest when they tore the motor down.

Also my uncles cabin had a squirrel get locked in over the winter, and in the squirrel attempt to escape he did 100K worth of damage to the window sills and doors and door frames, and other wood parts of the house. squirrels have now become an endangered species around his cabin.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:29 PM   #15
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You'll get as much out of it that you put into it. A Jeeper can only survive if hes a wrencher.
I feel you on this, I really do. The only problem is this- my Jeep is my only vehicle, and I have a full time job that doesn't involve spending hours at a time working on that Jeep. This issue wasn't one that I could address after work in my driveway. As I said, I'm not exactly a mechanic and - even though it might be an easy fix for you, it wouldn't be for me. And I mentioned that it is cold here, because, yes... it is cold as balls here.

And sorry about the "car" thing... it's a learning process for me (I'm a first generation Jeep owner, wasn't born into this thing).
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