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Old 02-11-2018, 01:46 PM
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OP, they didn't chew your seats up to get to the condiments.
They shredded the cushion material to make a nice plush bed,
somewhere else.



Translated, go to Autozone or Advance, they'll pull your codes
for free, and you can google 'em and get some (sometimes exactly,
sometimes not) idea of what's wrong.
They didn't chew up the seat cushions. They ate through the bottom of the seat back pouch to get to the bag of condiments. Two holes about 1" diameter through the bottom of the pouch.


My first attempt was a retired Ford mechanic who has a repair shop at his home. I had used him before and was well satisfied with his work. Unfortunately, he had recent back surgery and was unable to help me.

Advance Auto was the second place I went. They miss diagnosed it as a bad fuel cap. Of course, they didn't have the correct cap. I ordered one from Rock Auto. This did not clear up the problem.

Third was Pep Boys. I immediately knew I was in the wrong place when the guy turned on the key to the "run" position then told me I had a bad oil pump. The oil pressure light was on... I said, "Doesn't the engine have to be running to obtain oil pressure." I got the "deer in headlights" stare. He ran an analysis but no one at the shop could figure it out.

Fourth attempt was the "Rat Man" who kept my vehicle long enough to fatten up his rats.

It's now at a local dealership. Engine code was for a Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:51 PM
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The rats are definitely gone. They just had access to my vehicle and went in and out for food.

When I got home I cleaned out any food products. Then I placed a full ketchup envelope, a piece of cheese and a cookie on the floor. After a few days they were all untouched.

The rats had shown a preference to Heinz ketchup!
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:04 PM
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You are learning a lesson I did long ago. Don't bottom-feed with a jackleg. Go to the dealer!
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:12 PM
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You are learning a lesson I did long ago. Don't bottom-feed with a jackleg. Go to the dealer!
Rat Man isn't supposed to be a jackleg. His shop has been in business for 34 years!

Now, I consider Auto Zone, Advanced Auto, etc. to be jacklegs as far as diagnosing problems... even when installing a battery. Pep Boys... maybe a little better.

The retired Ford mechanic has a well equipped shop on his property.
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:54 PM
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My first attempt was a retired Ford mechanic who has a repair shop at his home. I had used him before and was well satisfied with his work. Unfortunately, he had recent back surgery and was unable to help me.

Advance Auto was the second place I went. They miss diagnosed it as a bad fuel cap. Of course, they didn't have the correct cap. I ordered one from Rock Auto. This did not clear up the problem.

Third was Pep Boys. I immediately knew I was in the wrong place when the guy turned on the key to the "run" position then told me I had a bad oil pump. The oil pressure light was on... I said, "Doesn't the engine have to be running to obtain oil pressure." I got the "deer in headlights" stare. He ran an analysis but no one at the shop could figure it out.

Fourth attempt was the "Rat Man" who kept my vehicle long enough to fatten up his rats.

It's now at a local dealership. Engine code was for a Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor.
...that's why I said google the codes...yourself.
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:56 PM
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Engine code was for a Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor.
You can do Fuel Pressure yourself. Pro wrenches (and hacks alike) LOVE to sell fuel pumps, same as MAF example I spoke of before.

This was diags for 1 of 16 INJ's, actually caught it leaking in the act next day

Only $700 for new ones



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Old 02-11-2018, 04:27 PM
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Live on a farm, rats like auto wiring. Had problems untill I put bags of mothballs all over the vehicles especially engine compartments. They also chew up hydraulic lines.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:58 PM
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Live on a farm, rats like auto wiring. Had problems untill I put bags of mothballs all over the vehicles especially engine compartments. They also chew up hydraulic lines.
Packrats demolished all the underhood wiring on my 73 chevy pu in the ozark deercamp..they built a huge leaf nest all around the aircleaner.I had never seen them eat thru all the copper wiring harness and racing silicon header wiring,Plus they ate some fanbelts and Chewed a hole in the heater box and filled the cab with crap, and stolen stuff from the shed...True Packrat--I was only driving this truck monthly before.. they ate the starter and ignition wires. Demolished.
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:53 PM
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I've had the same problem here in Texas, plus I had a 4 foot chicken snake come into my car after the mice! Boy did my car stink from the mice droppings and the snake that got cooked in the 100 degree temps of July in the Lone Star State.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:56 AM
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While not a rat/mice story exactly, it's probably close enough. I had a Dodge pickup that I was going to use one Saturday morning for a trip to Home Depot. I climbed in the truck and turned the key. Now, normally, this truck would start very quickly, however this time it did not. So, I turned off the key, waited a couple of seconds, and turned it to the start position. I was instantly greeted with smoke and flames coming from under the hood. I scrambled out of the vehicle and opened the hood. Fortunately, my boat was parked right beside the Dodge and I grabbed the fire exh., out of it and put out the fire. This whole episode lasted just seconds.

as it turned out, my neighbor had been feeding the squirrels in the neighborhood peanuts. They in turn decided to live under my hood, as evidenced by peanut shells. They had chewed through the rubber portion of the fuel system and of course, this resulted in the fire. My insurance company totaled my Dodge. The adjuster said that the wiring harnesses were extremely expensive to replace and along with the rest of the damage...... Well, you get the picture.
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