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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:34 PM   #16
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Sorry if I came off as being a dick but the forum is used for solving problems, so it urks a lot of people when you come off as being lazy and pay somebody to do it for you. But in your case you were busy, understood.

I suggest you head down to sears and start picking up a few tools though...

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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:40 PM   #17
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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).
Don't let them get to you. You have my full sympathies and the only bit of snickering you can have at their expense in this whole mess is knowing had you dropped your rig off with any of them, they'd have spent at least as much time locating the source of the problem as the shop did. Hindsight is 20/20 and since you've given them the answer, they're all experts.

In general, all problems are easy to fix. Some are brain dead simple, others just a bit more. The skill and talent lies in diagnosing the problem accurately and quickly. A couple of hours to locate rat chewed wiring up on top of the fuel tank sounds like they did you right.

If you really want to see some of these diagnostic experts jump up and down on their hangy downy parts, go read some of the death wobble threads. By the time they get through with spending your money for you, you'll be broke, frustrated, and you'll still have DW.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:44 PM   #18
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This little Sh******T cost me about 4 hours to clean all is winter storage out of the stack and exaust system



Had it parked on a site for 2 days. he was one busy little bugger.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 12:01 AM   #19
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shoulda put a coffee can on the exhaust when its not in use haha.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 12:36 AM   #20
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the most pleasurable mouse experience i have is the time they built a nest in the flywheel of my garden tractor. i turned the key, it cranked then stopped and wouldn't crank anymore. poor little mousey got stuck in the spinning flywheel and its head jammed it. i removed the remaining parts and fuzz and it fired right up!

other not so pleasurable moments:

the one that crawled into the heater duct of the wife's neon. she found out when she turned the fan on--lots of clanking and then a bit of a smell.

the one that chewed through the fuel line on the mustang allowing gas to drain in the garage

the ones that made my halloween decorations sticky and stinky

and many, many others
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Unread 12-02-2010, 02:17 AM   #21
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Not a rodent but I'm pretty sure I have an evil creature lurking under my dash just waiting for the first sign or spring before it comes out and either A, stings the $*@! outta me or B, scares me into a wreck!!



I saw it fly in one day when I had the doors off, I just assumed it flew out later but I guess not. Only reason I know its in there is found a Powerbar i tossed in my glove box chewed open with these tiny little half moon scissor bite marks but only a few tiny spots of the bar itself missing... pretty sure it it was a mouse or rat they woulda torn into it with abandon and not left 99.9% of the bar intact.....
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Unread 12-02-2010, 02:49 AM   #22
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This little Sh******T cost me about 4 hours to clean all is winter storage out of the stack and exaust system



Had it parked on a site for 2 days. he was one busy little bugger.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 02:58 AM   #23
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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).
That's one of the unexplained pleasures of owning a Wrangler I have a double shift job and I still fix most of my problems on my driveway when I get back at night... I can't tell you how many times I stayed up late working on my TJ untill the morning and then went strait to work afterwards without a minute of sleep

Try it you will get used to it even if it was freezing cold... The satisfaction you get from fixing your own car is worth the effort. And as for not having any mechanical skills. Trust me your jeep will develop them for you
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Unread 12-02-2010, 03:04 AM   #24
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This little Sh******T cost me about 4 hours to clean all is winter storage out of the stack and exaust system



Had it parked on a site for 2 days. he was one busy little bugger.
Cannonball squirrel!
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Unread 12-02-2010, 03:19 AM   #25
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shoulda put a coffee can on the exhaust when its not in use haha.
made a screen now.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 03:40 AM   #26
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Cannonball squirrel!
Exactly instea of the screen just rev up the engine
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Unread 12-02-2010, 05:56 AM   #27
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i fired a few mice out of the prop of my boat once when winterizing but it's not much compared to this...

dont bother with sound.
YouTube - squirrel Launcher!!!


x2 on the hardware cloth screening.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 06:06 AM   #28
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It wasnt on a vehicle, but my brother had a chipmunk climb through his dryer exhaust tube going to through the back wall of his house. When he put a load of laundry in and fired it up, he had a terrible smell filling his whole house. when the dryer shut off the smell went away, and came back when he fired it up again. After tearing it apart he found dried blood and guts smeared all over the dryer tub. He cleaned it up extensively and now there is now smell.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 06:14 AM   #29
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i fired a few mice out of the prop of my boat once when winterizing but it's not much compared to this...

dont bother with sound.
YouTube - squirrel Launcher!!!


x2 on the hardware cloth screening.
haha that is the most amazing thing ive ever seen! thats great! thats going on my facebook
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Unread 12-02-2010, 06:18 AM   #30
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Don't let the people attacking you for paying someone to fix your Jeep bother you. I'm an ASE certified Master Tech and when my Jeep started raising cain during lunch the other day I dropped it at a local shop because I have a wheeling trip this weekend, work 40+ hours a week, and am in the midst of moving. I just didn't have time to track down the source. I feel that the hour of labor I paid for to locate the offending noise was well worth it for the time saved, since it got done while I was a work.

And no one can say if they over charged you or not but you. Tracking down an issue like that can take some serious time. And if it was on top of the tank they may have had to drop it, which adds even more time, not only to troubleshooting but also to the repair. Glad to hear you got it taken care of!

I had to completely rewire a New Holland tractor and replace the seat once due to either squirrels or mice. I don't know which. But the tractor now gets parked inside the fence with the dogs and there hasn't been a problem since.
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