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Squirrels chewed wires costing $500 repair.

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Squirrels chewed wires costing $500 repair.

Have two cars, one garage.
Parked one inside one outside.
Went to Mexico for a week, come back, see engine light on, used OBD2 to check, its faulty oil sensor, took it to a dealer, expecting a simple swap on the sensor, nope.

Apparently, some animal chewed a wire.
400 for diagnostic and 100 for wire swap.

FML.

On my way to buy wolf & fox pee pee to scare them squirrels. Didnt happen Tiguan or C300 but i guess my cheap jetta doesnt come with a plastic cover underneath.

Happened before to a CRV 10 yrs ago actually, i guess i didnt learn my lesson
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Whoever introduced food base plastic into cars/complex electronics should be hung, drawn and quartered.
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22 rifle will solve problem. Pellet guns don't kill them.
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kalani13291 wrote: 22 rifle will solve problem. Pellet guns don't kill them.
Plenty of dead squirrels out there would disagree if they hadn't been killed by a pellet gun.
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I think $500 damage from rodents is on the lower end of the scale. You got off lightly.

Not sure presence or not of a plastic undershield is a factor in which vehicle the rodents pick.
Usual preferred point of entry is a duct at the top of the wheelwell. Some cars may have more inviting entry points than others.

No surefire deterrent. Some seem to work for a few people but not for others.
For example, a fake owl whose head revolves and eyes move. The static ones they suss out immediately.
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$400 to tell you an animal chewed your wires? wow im in the wrong business.
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kalani13291 wrote: 22 rifle will solve problem. Pellet guns don't kill them.
Outdoor/barn cats are great if you are in a rural area. All they ask is some shelter and some food and water. Plus you get to save them if you get them from a feral rescue. Rodents be like “ummm yeah, I’m outta here”
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CuriousJack wrote: $400 to tell you an animal chewed your wires? wow im in the wrong business.
They had to find the fault. Easy now that you know it was squirrels. Not many mechanics can trouble shoot electrical and I'm guessing they are paid crap
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You should see the damage that mice can do. Squirrels are nothing.
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CuriousJack wrote: $400 to tell you an animal chewed your wires? wow im in the wrong business.
I suspect the OP got the numbers mixed up, because $100 is awfully cheap for the work.
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FJF23J12DAZ wrote: On my way to buy wolf & fox pee pee to scare them squirrels. Didnt happen Tiguan or C300 but i guess my cheap jetta doesnt come with a plastic cover underneath.
Pee doesn't work.

I found hot sauce works - but needs to be reapplied every now and then.
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I was hungry

I know there were squirrels and mice in my garage, kinda surprised they didn't get in the cars lol
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I found nut shells on my shock towers, luckily no car damage though. I think it was the chipmunks.
I guess if you don't want them to eat your car, give them something better to eat. In my area there are tons of oak trees for them to eat acorns from.
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I have a customer that has a brand new lexus that this happened to. He had just bought the car, went away for a 2 week vacation and came back and his car started throwing up all sorts of Check Engine Codes. He was baffled and couldn't even turn the car on to drive it to the dealership. They towed it in and it took them forever to diagnose and even longer to get the thing back together. He's horrified that it may have future issues but luckily for him it's a lease lol. Squirrels had chewed through a bunch of the wires and it cost him a hell of a lot more than $400, maybe 10x the amount. I never asked if it was taken care of by his insurance or if he had to pay out of pocket.
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flying triangle wrote: I have a customer that has a brand new lexus that this happened to. He had just bought the car, went away for a 2 week vacation and came back and his car started throwing up all sorts of Check Engine Codes. He was baffled and couldn't even turn the car on to drive it to the dealership. They towed it in and it took them forever to diagnose and even longer to get the thing back together. He's horrified that it may have future issues but luckily for him it's a lease lol. Squirrels had chewed through a bunch of the wires and it cost him a hell of a lot more than $400, maybe 10x the amount. I never asked if it was taken care of by his insurance or if he had to pay out of pocket.
I also read that this kind of incidents are covered by comprehensive plans"
Not sure if it will raise the insurance rate tho.
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A lot of boats have been damaged while in winter storage by rodents if boat isn't shrink wrapped.

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