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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:23 am 
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Three times so far the wires under my eGolf have been eaten by rodents.
Unfortunately I don't have a garage, but there are two other vehicles parked right next to mine, and the eGolf is all they go after.

I've tried Cayanne pepper under the car, I've tried dryer sheets, nothing seems to work.
I can't use poison because there are too many other animals that would jeopardize.

They haven't gotten into the cabin of the car, just the wiring underneath.
There has to be a way to stop this.

Anyone have any ideas? Because I can't keep paying hundreds of dollars just so mice can eat these damned wires.


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 Post subject: Re: Field mice...
PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:17 am 
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Try wrapping the affected harnesses with this rodent tape. I don't know if it's a deterrent or a poison, but people say it works. However, if it is the high voltage harness, you need to somehow retain the orange color. I don't know how you would solve that.

Amazon - Honda Rodent Tape

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 Post subject: Re: Field mice...
PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:52 pm 
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Moth balls work well for us


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 Post subject: Re: Field mice...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:28 am 
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Bink wrote:
Three times so far the wires under my eGolf have been eaten by rodents.
Unfortunately I don't have a garage, but there are two other vehicles parked right next to mine, and the eGolf is all they go after.

I've tried Cayanne pepper under the car, I've tried dryer sheets, nothing seems to work.
I can't use poison because there are too many other animals that would jeopardize.

They haven't gotten into the cabin of the car, just the wiring underneath.
There has to be a way to stop this.

Anyone have any ideas? Because I can't keep paying hundreds of dollars just so mice can eat these damned wires.

Well, German cars are notorious for having tasty insulation and wrap on their wires, to rodents. Same thing happened with a rat and my sisters Audi 100S, in 1992. Wish I had a solution for you, park your car over rat traps?

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 Post subject: Re: Field mice...
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:05 pm 
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We use moth balls.
Every time the car is parked the moth balls are put in the engine compartment. I keep the moth balls in used glass jars with a screw on lid. When I put the jar of mothballs in the engine bay the lid is taken off and the lid is placed on the driver seat. The lid is put on the driver seat to remind me that the jar of mothballs is still under the hood and needs to be taken out BEFORE driving. Then I can screw the lid on and keep the jar in the car and it will not stink up the car, mothballs stink! Driving around with mothballs/cakes open under the hood will give you a headache. The $500 repair that consisted of a diagnostic and crimping chewed wires back together was painful. The wire loom is pretty extensive, I don't know how much an entire loom would cost.
The aerodynamic (and insulated) shield at the bottom of the VW e-Golf engine bay makes for a cozy place for rats/mice/rabbits to climb in and chew to their hearts content. My Temperature sensor wire has been chewed twice and the water pump wire(same branch of wires) also chewed. Once on my Chrysler minivan (V6 3.8 liter) a rabbit chewed off all three of my front fuel injector wires. The rabbit was still there when I opened the hood.
When repairing these wires I recommend removing the electric fan mounted to the radiator. It is held in with just two clips at the top, depress them and the fan slides up. Then disconnect the single wire connection. With a little wiggling the fan and shroud pull out. This gives you room to access the chewed wires.
Wrap all of these wires with lots of tape to make it thick and not easy for them to nibble like a blade of grass.
These new wires are insulated with tasty-good-smelling bio-friendly insulation which rodents enjoy.


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 Post subject: Re: Field mice...
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:26 pm 
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I was just thinking about how cozy the aerodynamic shield at the bottom of the engine bay makes it under the hood. Maybe I will remove that shield just so there is no place for the critters to lounge around on. The shield is what they sit on while they eat my wires!


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