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Old 02-04-2018, 09:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by leehljp View Post
If my auto's wiring were eaten by rodents, I would most certainly complain. I saw where Honda had a similar problem.
I'll complain, but I have my doubts that they will be willing to keep me happy. Hoping that my insurance will cover it under comprehensive so it doesn't cut too deep into my shop budget. Then I just have to go to war with the rodents
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Check with the manufacturer and see if it is covered. Don't go to the local dealer- contact the district office of the manufacturer. Check also to see if there is a recall.
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have had my Toyota Tacoma Prerunner Double cab for s16 years and no varmint problems except the time two wild turkeys decide to sit on the roof. We had mice and rat problem when we had a large pigeon problem and some people were feeding them. Mice and Rants love bird food.

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Old 02-04-2018, 08:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Default Chevy used to do this too....

When I was in Colorado, I had a '87 Chevy Suburban. First vehicle my wife and I purchased together. It was used, but it was IDENTICAL in all but the painted rims, to an '87 Suburban my dad owned, so we dropped the cash. Drove it for years in AZ and NV before moving to Colorado in 2001, within a year, we were having issues with it and couldn't figure out the problem. Sometimes wouldn't start, sometimes missed real bad, etc.

Then, one day, I noticed a squirrel head under the thing while I was outside, and it didn't come out, so I ran over, popped the hood and found the little (*%^$^&( had built himself a nest just under the heater coil area. I immediately started ripping the nest out and found to my surprise, pieces of the wiring shielding mixed in.

Started exploring the wiring, and found that it had chewed the covering off about half the wiring under the truck, and behind the engine. My issues were coming from shorts when the wiring would move around. Turns out Chevy used something the squirrels liked. $1400 & a month later, I had a whole new wiring harness installed. 2 weeks after all that work, some ^%$*&%&^$ driving a load of trusses down E-470 at Smoky Hill side swiped me at 70 miles an hour, totaling the entire passenger side from the front bumper to the rear bumper.



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Old 02-04-2018, 11:06 PM   #16 (permalink)
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My wife and I were sick with colds/flu for the last 3 weeks and my 2016 Ram pickup was parked out front under the pecan trees and didn't move very often. Last Sunday the Check Engine light came on then went off. Didn't drive it again until Wed when it came on, stayed on, flashed, and ran rough. Took it to the shop on Thurs. $400 later, they'd cleaned out a squirrel nest and a bunch of pecans and replaced the wires to the fuel injectors. Now it's parked in my shop where it's in the way, but at least there are no squirrels in there except for me.
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:05 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Sometimes manufactures just can't win. One reason the wire manufacture used soy for the insulation is in response to making things more Biodegradable and "earth friendly". As you can see, it brought up a whole new issue, that again, the manufacture catches heat for.

Wife and I have owned Toyota's for the past 25 years and never had an issue. In fact, my wife old 1995 Corolla is still on the road with over 200K miles. My brother-in-law who is a mechanic has seen the issue a few times, but is not any more common than any other issue with vehicles, and he has seen it with all makes, not just Toyota and Honda. The wire also does not need to be made of soy for them to eat it, so I am not convinced that it is the Soy that makes them chew it. If there is not a source of food, mice will eat anything.

I run a RV service and rebuild shop and I have seen it in RV's a dozen times or so in the past 12 years, and the wire in RV's is not soy based. However in this case they were chewing it for bedding. I have found some that bit into the wrong wire (110v) their skull was still stuck to the copper. It happens in houses as well.

I now drive a 2015 Tundra and wouldn't trade it for anything. I think I would contact Toyota if I were you, you might be surprised, it's still under warranty.
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:47 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I called Toyota, as I suspected it is not covered under the warranty since it "was not their fault". I put in my complaint and she said they would contact me if Toyota changes their policy or if they decide to offer compensation for owners that have this issue. She very politely told me "sorry bud, not our problem". Fair enough. Then took to the dealer for repair, final cost was $600, just one knock sensor needed replacing, but had to remove the air intake manifold to access it. It was covered under my comprehensive insurance, so only cost me $250 and shouldn't impact my insurance cost since it was no fault.

I will mention that my insurance was great. I use a broker,, for my home and auto. Side note - they saved me loads of cash on my home owners, I highly recommend getting a quote from them. My auto is through Safeco (liberty mutual), everyone that I talked to was very nice and their communication through the whole process was great.

Anyway, the truck is back in the driveway, loaded up with mothballs for now. I've read that dichlorobenzene isn't too good for your health. I will be swapping out the mothballs with peppermint oil soaked cotton balls. I also found a spray called "rataway" that I will probably give a try. My worry is that the leftover urine and feces is like a tractor beam for mice. Hopefully this is the final chapter of this particular story...
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