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Thread: Rodents eating wiring in cars. Does mazda have this problem?

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    Let me get this right. If left stranded on a deserted island and there was a CX-5 around.......I can eat its wiring to stay alive a few more days?

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    Iím not sure if the soy insulation is the culprit because I had a 2006 Ford F-350 with the Turbo-Diesel and while it was waiting for a fender to come in, was parked at the body shop lot. When I drove away it ran terribly and then died. I had it towed to my mechanic and $1600 later I had the wiring replaced that pack rats had eaten through.

    Pack rats routinely build their nests in the engine compartments and eat anything they find. Old problem, maybe with a new spin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CX-5um View Post
    Let me get this right. If left stranded on a deserted island and there was a CX-5 around.......I can eat its wiring to stay alive a few more days?

    Mazda: Feel Alive
    I must say...we made some eggnog and rum tonight and I am enjoying this post more than I probably should.

    But hey... I love the "feel alive" jokes.
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    Spray some peppermint oil in the area, it'll smell better and it'll keep the rodents away.

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    Had a 13" packrat in my 2017 Duramax chewing on the hood liner for 2 months. I tried everything from peppermint, poison, glue traps, dryer sheets, bucket traps near the truck and nothing worked. I finally bought a electric trap and zapped the sucker the second night. I s lucky it only got one sure on the top of the engine that was easy to fix.

    If you have a packrat they are elusive and smart. Get a electric trap and be done with it. Oh, the thrill of victory!

    And this is not Mazda or any other manufacturers problem.
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    Mice, rats, chipmunks, squirrels- all smaller rodents have been chewing on wires long before soy was involved.
    It's a fact the ultra sonic is a no/go.
    My favorite trap is the Ketch-all which flat out works! Just check out Amazon/ebay for the lowest price. Another good trap is the Victor electronic mouse or rat with a 9v battery. The planks work but in my shop the plank gets knocked around and then you have to redo the set-up. Some like the plank into a water bucket too. In confined areas not open to pets I use rodent poison blocks/chunks. I don't like the smaller pellets that look like green dog food as the rodents stockpile them instead of chewing where they lay as with the bigger chunks.
    My worst case of chewed wires they ate through the loom directly at the point where it entered the firewall and was a nightmare to repair. On my 2015 Ford F-150 they ate the wire to the carbon cannister setting off the check engine light on a brand new truck-cost me a dealer puter hook up to learn it was a mouse problem.
    Various predators urine are sold by animal trapper suppliers- as in trap line stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoradoDriver View Post
    I must say...we made some eggnog and rum tonight and I am enjoying this post more than I probably should.

    But hey... I love the "feel alive" jokes.
    Hey do you make egg nog yourself? I like to add cinnamon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CX-5um View Post
    Hey do you make egg nog yourself? I like to add cinnamon.
    Sometimes. In this case we did not, but agreed on the cinnamon!
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    I've found dryer sheets stuffed anywhere you can stuff them do a better job than moth balls at keeping those little bastards out of my car.

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