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post #1 of 21 Old 05-06-2018 Thread Starter
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RATS! MICE! HELP!!!!!!

My V10's check engine light came on and I learned the OBD told me that it was failing glow plug and also the thermostat was going bad. A week later I started the car and now it said I have no oil pressure. Flat bedded to the dealer that has always serviced it to learn that mice are munching on the harness. In fact the rat or mouse was still there

I'm sure it can be repaired but what is the best way to prevent this from happening in the future?
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BTDT although only one wire cut. Leave your hood up if possible. Leave a light on under engine/transmission. I put a bag of mothballs under the hood if not driving for a few days and rodents are around. The boogers love to nest on top of the transmission. I had a packrat there. Might pay to remove the plastic belly pan.

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So far what we have found is that they have eaten the insulation around the top of the fire wall and then nested in the center of the engine. Now we just found out that there is a belt that runs a generator that they have chewed a chunk out of. Looks as if my insurance company will pay for some of the repair.
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I am told they hate BOUNCE the dryer sheets you use in the laundry dryer. I store 2 cars all winter in NE and use "Car Capsule",but I'm afraid if you use the regularly it is too much trouble to use on a regular basis.,but it is a fabulous long term storage system.
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Bounce has been mentioned by others as well. It appears that anything with a strong odor, from mint to ammonia . The tech at VW suggested to put a rat poison pellet on top of each suspension tower because they seem to come in that way
BTW, I don't like the smell of Bounce either
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drive like you stole it once in a while should shake them loose
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I was at Sportsman Show last month and there is a company that sells a device you install under the hood and I believe it was like a strobe light that it emits and rats, mice, etc don't like it and will move on.

I live in the country in Oregon and in some places this is a big problem. Don't remember the name of the company - but maybe with some Googling you could find them. If not - I might be able to track them down thru the show's sponsor for you.
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Thank you for this. One issue is that some electronic devices need to be plugged in or run off a battery which if you don't use the car often could be a problem. Maybe this one has it's own power source that just needs to be tended to
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Problem solved

Its simple, Place rats traps or put some food there that they will eat instead of your engine
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It really caught me off guard. I have lived in the same house for the past 27 years. I have 2 vintage Porsches and an older British roadster that are always parked in the same area as the VW. Now I'm on it!

What is the belt that runs a generator behind the motor? They found it and ate enough of it that it needs to be replaced.
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