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Unread 12-02-2010, 08:15 AM   #31
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A mouse built a nest on top of my intake manifold. Take some dry fibers, mixed with some oil from the leaky valve cover gasket and the heat from the exhause manifold and there is potential disaster, since the fuel rail is also on that side of the engine. I had no idea until I was getting some gas and noticed some smoke from the front of the grill. Thinking it was steam from the radiator and a little peeved, since it was only a year old, I opened the hood to find a pile of smoldering mouse nest very near to the fuel rail. Mind you, I was sitting at the gas station! Had my heart going.

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Unread 12-02-2010, 08:29 AM   #32
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This one is a few minutes long with various techniques
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Unread 12-02-2010, 08:31 AM   #33
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Mice hate peppermint oil. Get some and mix it with water and keep it in your jeep, spray it down when your going leave it for awhile.
Smells like candy canes but its worth it!!
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Unread 12-02-2010, 08:45 AM   #34
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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.
I had a Datsun 280Z that had sat for about six months. I went to start it up one day, revved it up and shot out a birds nest along with about 3 or 4 live baby birds. Mama must have been out hunting worms or something. A girl that was with me put them in a shoebox and took them to some bird lady she knows.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 09:03 AM   #35
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Mice are a universal threat, lots of aircooled Porsche 911 engines have been destroyed because mice crawled under the engine shroud through the cooling fan opening and built nests. Guys then take the car out of storage and because there is no airflow in that area they generally end up burning up a piston and cylinder or two. I made a point of pulling the cooling fan/alternator out of mine everytime I took it out in the spring to make sure there weren't any critters in there. I've also been tempted to get a garage cat.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 10:11 AM   #36
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A squirrel is nothing but a rat with a bushy tail and a good PR person!
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Unread 12-02-2010, 07:55 PM   #37
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buy a sodder gun and some sodder and do it yourself!
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Unread 12-02-2010, 09:09 PM   #38
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From my clubs email forum, one of the guys was having problems with his tow rig.

"Well after all of the suggestions and advice about my truck it turns out that we were all wrong. The real problem..............rodents!!!! Mice or squirrels or half-breed mouse squirrels....whatever....freakin' rodents!! They got in the engine compartment and chewed up the engine and the body wiring harnesses. Only option to make the truck reliable again is to replace both and we are talking thousands. The shop has to yank the cab and the engine to get at everything. Might be a good time to slap in a set of ARP head studs....but I digress."

He has since stopped lubing his chassis with peanut butter
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Unread 12-02-2010, 10:18 PM   #39
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Glad to see I'm not the only one, and I'm liking the suggestions. The chick at the shop said they get these old ladies in all the time with similar damage from mice- they use moth balls under the hood (that's not happening though, I don't want anything to do with that smell). Someone also mentioned putting some rat poison in a little mesh sack and stashing that somewhere underneath, to give them something else to chew on.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 10:29 PM   #40
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You can blame the Eco-Nazis for this! The insulation is soy based and tastes good to squirrels, mice, and other assorted rodents. The change from oil based plastics was done to be "green"...

Talk about unintended consequences.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 12:50 AM   #41
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You can blame the Eco-Nazis for this! The insulation is soy based and tastes good to squirrels, mice, and other assorted rodents. The change from oil based plastics was done to be "green"...
Very interesting!
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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:36 AM   #42
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You can blame the Eco-Nazis for this! The insulation is soy based and tastes good to squirrels, mice, and other assorted rodents. The change from oil based plastics was done to be "green"...

Talk about unintended consequences.
Somebody I had worked with had a band new (still with paper plates) Honda Passport and their wires became rodent lunch. She was told that the problem was becoming more common because of the above reason.
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Unread 12-08-2010, 06:58 PM   #43
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Somebody I had worked with had a band new (still with paper plates) Honda Passport and their wires became rodent lunch. She was told that the problem was becoming more common because of the above reason.
I heard the same thing and am still amazed. I'm baffled as to why some genius decided to start making car parts out of what amounts to be mouse food. There's gotta be a better way to go green...
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Unread 12-08-2010, 09:57 PM   #44
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It's a conspiracy by a tree-hugger! "Let's make wires made from rodent food so we can feed the squirrels and keep polluting cars off the road!"
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