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my "rodent" problem in my engine bay

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by THXEY, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Dec 12, 2009 at 1:01 PM
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    THXEY

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    ok as you may or may not know a few weeks ago my engine started smoking so i pulled over and called a tow truck and they took my truck to toyota....

    well $250.00 later they told me it was a "rodent" that ate through your coolent line...

    so i i left today to get some stuff done and my mom called me and said theres rubber all over the ground underneath my engine where this "rodent" had been chewing...

    so i turned around and came home to look at my engine and lines and stuff and i found this
    to say the least im pretty angry so i was wondering if anyone else has had this problem? cuz toyota says its an everyday accurance but i thought it was BS cuz it has never ever happened to my parents with any of there cars...

    so im gonna get some rat poison to see if that helps..

    any input is appreciated on how to solve this problem
     
  2. Dec 12, 2009 at 1:06 PM
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    Wow that sucks. I would poison that sucker. Or maybe douce the wires with hot sauce!
     
  3. Dec 12, 2009 at 1:07 PM
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    Happened to my uncles porsche. Happens when you park in the garage. Poison the sucker.
     
  4. Dec 12, 2009 at 1:09 PM
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    My mom had a squirrel or rat hiding in her engine bay in her Civic. Started the car 1 morning and it got caught in the belts....
     
  5. Dec 12, 2009 at 1:16 PM
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    Put some glue traps around the tires and catch him so you can make him pay.
    A quick pellet shot to the head ought to do it.
    I'd want to know I eliminated the sucker; not just wonder if I got him.
     
  6. Dec 12, 2009 at 1:21 PM
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    had it happen to my grandmas volvo..nothin a .22 could take care of hahaha


    but if you can, keep the hood open and in the sun..
     
  7. Dec 12, 2009 at 1:33 PM
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    sucksss
     
  8. Dec 12, 2009 at 1:37 PM
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    What the hell do they think they're eating?
     
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    ok so i went to home depot to plan my attack on these 'rodents' :spy: so i got some poison tablets and some packs with rat poison pellets... so basically tonight im gonna put som on the top of the wheel wells some on the inside of my rim and im gonna take off my engine cover and find a place for some pioson in there.. cuz its small and warm and cozy in there so they chill in there... so time to do some work on the rats :infantry:
     
  10. Dec 12, 2009 at 2:24 PM
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    Can you park somewhere else? On one side of my old driveway was really grown up (bushes, trees, etc) Always had critters making nests on top of my intake manifold, and even got a snake wrapped up in there one time (probably trying to get at the rats) I moved my truck over to the other side away from the woods (about 30-40 feet) and that seemed to take care of it...
     
  11. Dec 12, 2009 at 2:25 PM
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    Take an old sock, put in a handful of old fashion mothballs and secure it to something on a fenderwell or firewall. Will keep most pests away. I have seen a lot of expensive rodent damage to vehicles over the years and have never seen mothballs not work. Some people can't stand the smell of them though.
     
  12. Dec 12, 2009 at 2:35 PM
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    Happened to me last winter. We got a good cold snap in south Florida and it was enough to make a rodent climb up in the engine bay for warmth. It chewed through some sensor wiring that caused the check engine lt. Had to have the entire intake manifold removed to gain access to replace it. Insurance covered it though.
     
  13. Dec 12, 2009 at 2:38 PM
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    :p


    i live like 45 minutes from the Mexico border :p haha i swear thats far enough!
     
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    thanks for all the help guys! that moth ball thing sounds like a good idea
     
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    jake, just give me ur truck. problem solved
     
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    i sound like im shaq in this video hhah but yeah heres what im doing for today and im gonna see if that helps :infantry: (the little green squares are poison)

     
  17. Dec 12, 2009 at 2:44 PM
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    haha thats messed up. friggin rats!! lol

    might sound freaky..but you could pee around where your truck is parked.. kinda "marking" you territory. not sure if it works on rats tho.
     
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    I had a rat a couple months ago eat 1 of my spark plug wires. I used those same green poison squares. They work, but it took about 5 days for it to finally kill the rat. A word of advise, Do not drive with the poison on your engine. It will melt and be impossible to clean off.
     
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    oh yeah i wont its just for like a today thing... but yeh

    oh and welcome to TW! :wave:
     
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