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(Detroit Free Press)   While it's true that rats and rodents have become more aggressive in their search for food since restaurants have closed due to the pandemic, trying to eat a car engine still seems a tad....desperate   (freep.com) divider line
    More: Weird, Internal combustion engine, Automobile, Rodent, parked car, Diesel engine, Rat, Wankel engine, Gasoline  
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2020-06-10 7:04:08 AM  
A lot of enviro-friendly wiring insulation was made with soy.  Critters found it to be VERY tasty.

A few years ago, they started adding things to the mix to make it taste bad.
 
2020-06-10 7:14:10 AM  
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2020-06-10 7:25:18 AM  
I had some gasoline in a pan I was using to clean mower parts with.  A rat came out of nowhere and started drinking it.  As I watched, he suddenly started running really fast.  Up and down the street.  It went on like this for 10 minutes and suddenly he fell over.

Did he die?

No.  He ran out of gas.
 
2020-06-10 7:25:37 AM  

Mister Peejay: A lot of enviro-friendly wiring insulation was made with soy.  Critters found it to be VERY tasty.

A few years ago, they started adding things to the mix to make it taste bad.


They should have used Kale...
 
2020-06-10 7:27:13 AM  
Maybe it was bucking for a Section 8:

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2020-06-10 8:01:06 AM  
I also find that it  "helps too to think like a rodent."  Finally some validation from the main stream media.
 
2020-06-10 8:03:32 AM  
Having vehicles sit more is certainly an invitation. Boats and RVs parked for the winter often attract visitors but not so much cars that move everyday.
 
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2020-06-10 8:08:35 AM  
I'm going to be making an appointment to get my engine fixed. The mice probably chewed off some insulation and now the battery won't stay charged.
 
2020-06-10 8:13:03 AM  
old news. back in the day we used cloth wiring and they loved it. in homes, cars, everywhere. during the 2 world wars vehicles at the front lines and anywhere there wasn't food any longer the rats were targeting vehicles.
 
2020-06-10 8:14:34 AM  

dittybopper: Maybe it was bucking for a Section 8:

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I was gonna post Klinger eating a jeep!
 
2020-06-10 8:17:16 AM  
I had a minor mouse problem once and they just loved chewing on the insulation of wiring.  Apparently it was edible and made of soybean protein, Kids on the street call it Mickey Juice. *insert Ice-T*
 
2020-06-10 8:25:55 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: I had some gasoline in a pan I was using to clean mower parts with.  A rat came out of nowhere and started drinking it.  As I watched, he suddenly started running really fast.  Up and down the street.  It went on like this for 10 minutes and suddenly he fell over.

Did he die?

No.  He ran out of gas.


Thank you. That was very silly.
 
2020-06-10 8:27:59 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: I had some gasoline in a pan I was using to clean mower parts with.  A rat came out of nowhere and started drinking it.  As I watched, he suddenly started running really fast.  Up and down the street.  It went on like this for 10 minutes and suddenly he fell over.

Did he die?

No.  He ran out of gas.



Goddammit
 
2020-06-10 8:29:02 AM  
I had a mouse get in the car. It made a nest in the air blower fan. Guess what happened when I turned it on.
 
2020-06-10 8:32:56 AM  
A few years back, I had an RV and the packrats loved the spark plug cables, any flavor. I ended up having to use armored cables.
 
2020-06-10 8:36:37 AM  
After my grandpa died, I was using his truck to haul loads of trash and brush to the dump.  One day I tried to start it and it just clicked.  Bad battery?  Nope.  Plenty of juice.  But just click click click.  Then I noticed the finger-thick wire from the solenoid to the starter had been chewed thru.  Not cut or or rubbed and not "chewed and shorted out".  Chewed into two pieces.
 
2020-06-10 8:37:15 AM  
Proposal: The Cairo Project

Crowd-funded, the project will involve the breeding and city release of large numbers of weasels.  The locally endemic species, there are one or more for most locations in North America, so as to not introduce anything new  and invasive to surrounding wilds.

These weasels would die for the most part, but with any luck, and human tolerance, A cadre of new rat and mouse predators might colonize the existing rat infrastructure as they have in cases like Cairo, Egypt.  They have chickens eaten complaints, but these should be low in most  American urban areas.  Maybe even Canadian cities with mice as all do, but trying to keep all but the local wild wood rats with cute fluffy tails extinct.

They'd be startling sometimes and compete with overpopuated raccoons, but when they warm themselves in engine compartments they don't chew wires or do much other damage.
 
2020-06-10 8:37:25 AM  

Marksrevenge: I had a mouse get in the car. It made a nest in the air blower fan. Guess what happened when I turned it on.


You got the hantavirus?
 
2020-06-10 8:45:05 AM  

Marksrevenge: I had a mouse get in the car. It made a nest in the air blower fan. Guess what happened when I turned it on.


me too.  The fan stuck.
 
2020-06-10 8:45:42 AM  

SwiftFox: Proposal: The Cairo Project

Crowd-funded, the project will involve the breeding and city release of large numbers of weasels.  The locally endemic species, there are one or more for most locations in North America, so as to not introduce anything new  and invasive to surrounding wilds.

These weasels would die for the most part, but with any luck, and human tolerance, A cadre of new rat and mouse predators might colonize the existing rat infrastructure as they have in cases like Cairo, Egypt.  They have chickens eaten complaints, but these should be low in most  American urban areas.  Maybe even Canadian cities with mice as all do, but trying to keep all but the local wild wood rats with cute fluffy tails extinct.

They'd be startling sometimes and compete with overpopuated raccoons, but when they warm themselves in engine compartments they don't chew wires or do much other damage.


Can we rename it the SwiftFox Project and use foxes?
 
2020-06-10 8:49:52 AM  
I had a rodent eat the wiring to my SUV a few years ago. It had only been sitting over the weekend. The dealership was able to patch it back together otherwise a new wire harness would have been $4,000.  farking mice.  This is why I hate Disney.
 
2020-06-10 8:52:32 AM  

Grumpy Cat: SwiftFox: Proposal: The Cairo Project

Crowd-funded, the project will involve the breeding and city release of large numbers of weasels.  The locally endemic species, there are one or more for most locations in North America, so as to not introduce anything new  and invasive to surrounding wilds.

These weasels would die for the most part, but with any luck, and human tolerance, A cadre of new rat and mouse predators might colonize the existing rat infrastructure as they have in cases like Cairo, Egypt.  They have chickens eaten complaints, but these should be low in most  American urban areas.  Maybe even Canadian cities with mice as all do, but trying to keep all but the local wild wood rats with cute fluffy tails extinct.

They'd be startling sometimes and compete with overpopuated raccoons, but when they warm themselves in engine compartments they don't chew wires or do much other damage.

Can we rename it the SwiftFox Project and use foxes?


Not unless you can breed foxes that can get into mouseholes
 
2020-06-10 8:53:25 AM  

Marksrevenge: I had a mouse get in the car. It made a nest in the air blower fan. Guess what happened when I turned it on.


It fixed the cable.
 
2020-06-10 8:54:16 AM  

Marksrevenge: I had a mouse get in the car. It made a nest in the air blower fan. Guess what happened when I turned it on.


Probably the same thing that happened when I tried to blow birds out of my range fan exhaust chute with the range fan.

You know, the thing above where you make food, which is now splattered with....oh, never mind.
 
2020-06-10 8:57:21 AM  
Ozzy the adorable desk weasel.
Youtube d2CTVqt2wxU
 
2020-06-10 8:59:40 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: I had some gasoline in a pan I was using to clean mower parts with.  A rat came out of nowhere and started drinking it.  As I watched, he suddenly started running really fast.  Up and down the street.  It went on like this for 10 minutes and suddenly he fell over.

Did he die?

No.  He ran out of gas.


OhYou!jpg
 
2020-06-10 9:00:12 AM  
They're not more aggressive. Just the cars were not being used as much so became more likely to be used as habitat.
 
2020-06-10 9:01:35 AM  
They're coating the wires with soy-based products.  IIRC back a long time ago states experimented with soy based license plates and cows and goats and rats and anything else herbivorous ate them off the cars.
 
2020-06-10 9:02:43 AM  

Marksrevenge: I had a mouse get in the car. It made a nest in the air blower fan. Guess what happened when I turned it on.


It could have been worse.  At least you didn't have a RATT problem.

Ratt Problem - GEICO Insurance
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2020-06-10 9:03:32 AM  

SwiftFox: They're coating the wires with soy-based products.  IIRC back a long time ago states experimented with soy based license plates and cows and goats and rats and anything else herbivorous ate them off the cars.


Including tiger sharks.
 
2020-06-10 9:04:52 AM  

Marksrevenge: I had a mouse get in the car. It made a nest in the air blower fan. Guess what happened when I turned it on.


I had a squirrel make a nest / acorn store in the air system of my last car. Luckily it didn't die in there. It was a VW so I just thought that it was a normal failure until I went to a different, sit in your car, car wash one summer day and had suds come in the lower vents. I spent half an hour picking out acorns and wet leaves but the ac was cool even sitting in traffic after that.
 
2020-06-10 10:31:46 AM  
 
2020-06-10 10:50:37 AM  

DragonIV: Marksrevenge: I had a mouse get in the car. It made a nest in the air blower fan. Guess what happened when I turned it on.

Probably the same thing that happened when I tried to blow birds out of my range fan exhaust chute with the range fan.

You know, the thing above where you make food, which is now splattered with....oh, never mind.


Dryer vents are covered for a reason.

Back in college I worked in a basement if my boss' house (yeah, osha would have had a field day in there...). One morning we started hearing random 'scrape-scrape' sounds. One of us bumped into the dryer as we were walking by. 'Scrape-scrape' became constant. Told the boss. He he came down and turned on the dryer. In a few seconds the dryer started making 'thump-thulp noises and shaking. Turned off the dryer. No more scraping noises.

After taking apart the dryer, boss wrapped up a dead bloody squirrel and took it outside. apparently the plastic vent cover outside was broken. I didn't ask how far in the squirrel got. I didn't want to know
 
2020-06-10 12:47:21 PM  
This just happened to us, here on Los Angeles.   Had our car on the street for a week (we have no driveway), then last week went out to drive somewhere, and it wouldn't turn on.  Took it to dealer, they found a nest and chewed wires, and wanted to charge $9K for it. Luckily our insurance had us take it somewhere else to cover it.  Still waiting to get it back.
 
2020-06-10 2:05:34 PM  
Petey4335:

Dryer vents are covered for a reason.


Yup, these two birds pried off the old vent cover, that or it got so old it just fell off.  And I learned that day that birds actually often do fly into the wind rather than with it, so my idea of blowing them out of the vent was, shall we say, not a great idea.

Probably would have a made a great Will It Blend Blendtec video.  Yes, as it turns out.
 
2020-06-10 2:18:13 PM  

Mister Peejay: A lot of enviro-friendly wiring insulation was made with soy.  Critters found it to be VERY tasty.

A few years ago, they started adding things to the mix to make it taste bad.


Basically, almost everything unreliable about modern cars has its origin in environmental mandates.  Even things you wouldn't expect. To get mileage requirements, for instance, they have to make things lighter.  A 20lb wheel bearing isn't as robust as a 30lb wheel bearing. The peak of reliability in cars was 200-2005.  Emmisions control and related systems are unbelievably unreliable and expensive to fix.
/Pry my 2000 Ford Excursion diesel from my cold dead hands. $300 in repairs on one malfunction on a 20 year old car in 4 years.
 
2020-06-10 2:38:18 PM  

alex10294: Mister Peejay: A lot of enviro-friendly wiring insulation was made with soy.  Critters found it to be VERY tasty.

A few years ago, they started adding things to the mix to make it taste bad.

Basically, almost everything unreliable about modern cars has its origin in environmental mandates.  Even things you wouldn't expect. To get mileage requirements, for instance, they have to make things lighter.  A 20lb wheel bearing isn't as robust as a 30lb wheel bearing. The peak of reliability in cars was 200-2005.  Emmisions control and related systems are unbelievably unreliable and expensive to fix.
/Pry my 2000 Ford Excursion diesel from my cold dead hands. $300 in repairs on one malfunction on a 20 year old car in 4 years.


I sure do miss the days where you had to rebuild the engine at 50k, replace the points and retune the carb every 3k.

/oh wait, no i don't
/cars are more reliable than they ever have been
 
2020-06-10 4:06:41 PM  
Mister Peejay:  I sure do miss the days where you had to rebuild the engine at 50k, replace the points and retune the carb every 3k.

/oh wait, no i don't
/cars are more reliable than they ever have been


We're in a golden age of motor vehicles.

A new Dodge Caravan will do 0 to 60 in less time (7.8 seconds) than a 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible (8.2 seconds) could, even when new.

A sporty car today like a
 
2020-06-10 11:28:51 PM  

Mister Peejay: alex10294: Mister Peejay: A lot of enviro-friendly wiring insulation was made with soy.  Critters found it to be VERY tasty.

A few years ago, they started adding things to the mix to make it taste bad.

Basically, almost everything unreliable about modern cars has its origin in environmental mandates.  Even things you wouldn't expect. To get mileage requirements, for instance, they have to make things lighter.  A 20lb wheel bearing isn't as robust as a 30lb wheel bearing. The peak of reliability in cars was 200-2005.  Emmisions control and related systems are unbelievably unreliable and expensive to fix.
/Pry my 2000 Ford Excursion diesel from my cold dead hands. $300 in repairs on one malfunction on a 20 year old car in 4 years.

I sure do miss the days where you had to rebuild the engine at 50k, replace the points and retune the carb every 3k.

/oh wait, no i don't
/cars are more reliable than they ever have been


That's why I said 2000-2005. Basically they perfected the mechanical systems then, and have been loading it down with complex, expensive, and easy to break BS ever since. I doubt you'll ever find a car as reliable and inexpensive to maintain as a 2005 camry was in 2005 today.
 
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