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Old 02-10-2018, 09:41 PM
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Default Rats in my car!!!!

I brought my SUV to a local automotive shop to have a "Service Engine" light analyzed and plugs and wires changed. The guy kept it 11 days. He changed the plugs and wires but didn't fix the problem with the light.

I travel quite a bit and always kept a zip lock bag with condiments for use on the road. You know, ketchup, mustard, jelly envelopes, salt, pepper, etc. This was kept in the pouch behind the passenger seat for easy access.

When I picked it up this is what I found. Rats got in my vehicle and ate through the bottom of the seat pouch to get to my zip lock. Now the mechanic test drove the vehicle so don't anyone say maybe he didn't notice. There was even rat crap on both front seats. They had also made their way into the glove compartment. Excuse the blurry photos that my wife shot with her phone.

I won't be using this mechanic again!

I discovered that rats don't like Popeye's Cajun hot sauce or lemon juice!









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Old 02-10-2018, 09:45 PM
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Sticky traps! Lots of them!
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:48 PM
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Sticky traps! Lots of them!
They weren't in there when I picked it up. I guess they left the windows open and the rats could come and go as they pleased.

Gonna get it detailed cause if there was rat crap they'll be rat p_i_s_s.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:55 PM
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They weren't in there when I picked it up. I guess they left the windows open and the rats could come and go as they pleased.

Gonna get it detailed cause if there was rat crap they'll be rat p_i_s_s.
I would express my displeasure with mechanic for sure.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:16 PM
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It takes :30 to detect C (current) or H (history) DTC POxxxx, once he hooks up computer to ALDL assembly line diagnostic interface in your car.

Mechanic knows that. He assumes you don't. He tells you, "You have [ i. e. MAF Circuit malfunction]; I can replace the MAF Sensor, and that'll probably take care of it.

"probably"?) pffttt

What he doesn't tell you is that a broken wire supply 12V or ground 12V could be the problem, because after he 'fixes it' for $300, he knows your car PCM computer won't be in Closed Loop mode til well after you leave his shop.

Then you go back when the light comes on again Closed Loop, and he says he'll replace MAF Sensor free + 1 hr labor. Original MAF, and your MAF have been recycled ad infinitum.

If you're lucky, someone will show you an unplugged or broken wire sometime...

(knowing [almost] all is a burden sometimes)


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I would express my displeasure with mechanic for sure.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:42 PM
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Keep all food in the car in a closed container like a tin. I had a similar problem. I used peanut butter baited snap traps to catch the varmint. The dirty rat just laughed at the sticky traps.

Spraying a peppermint solution around the interior is suppose to deter the repugnant rodents.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:45 PM
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You now know a solution of Cajun sauce and lemon sauce will act as a repellent.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:44 AM
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They make a small little wire trap and a cracker and a little peanut butter set trap in car in the morning on the way to work pitch it off the bridge ! That should take care of it.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:48 AM
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Rats and mice will also eat your wiring.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:51 AM
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My daughter had a similar problem with mice in the fan compartment. Took three visits to the dealer with no resolution and another visit to a neighborhood shade-tree mechanic to correctly diagnose the issue. Mice had gotten up through the drain tube into the fan compartment and set up housekeeping there, eating wires, insulation, and hoses. Cost her almost $900 to fix the damage.
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