Have you ever had a mouse take up residence in your cars engine?

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  1. Wade

    Wade Stunt Coordinator

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    Popped open the hood today and found a pile of polyfill, leaves, dried moldy bagels and bread woven in and around the intake manifold. This little guys been busy. He's even chewed the fibrous material that lines the hood and I fear he's been chewing on wires. That may explain why the stereo has been resetting itself constantly and powering on and off. Sometimes it wont even come on sometimes it will.
    I can't wait to see the guys face when I take it in for a steam clean [​IMG]
    Maybe I should drive my car a little more often :b
     
  2. Julie K

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    At least the car hasn't developed a squeak...
     
  3. Philip_G

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    no but I've had birds build nests in my BBQ more than once
     
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    I found a wonderfully mummified frog in my engine about a week ago!
     
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    I've had a family move into my 98 accord V6 a couple of years ago. Didn't know they were there until I opened my hood and saw the chewed-up hood lining fibers and the four roasted mouse fetuses on the engine cover! I didn't see the mommy mouse...she probably dropped out of the engine when I started the car a week (month?) earlier or perhaps was out foraging.

    I left them there as homage to the dead. I later had a body shop wash them out (but they missed one!) when I took the car in for repairs 6 months later.
     
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    How else do the some people who drive junkers get their cars to move??? [​IMG]
    Jay
     
  7. Scott Merryfield

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    My parents live in rural northern Michigan, and this is quite common for them. They park their minivan in their pole barn, and the field mice will seek the warmth of the engine (especially in the colder months). The blades from the cooling fan have diced a few rodents.
     
  8. Scott Strang

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    If you have a garage, here's an idea.

    Bring your vehicle into the garage and close it.

    Borrow a cat from a friend or neighbor and deploy it in the garage over night. The cat will be happy and the mouse gone.

    Just be sure to confirm the location of the cat before lighting your engine. Even if you have an enclosed electric fan, you borrowed cat could fall out of the engine compartment while driving thereby pissing off your friends who owned it.
     
  9. Wade

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    This reminds me of a story I read in a local paper years and years ago. This was at the time that home IBM PCs were first starting to come out. These early models had a hole about the size of a quarter in the back to allow a cable to connect to a cassette player to load software (yes kiddies, this was the dark ages).

    One family was started to have problems with their computer so they took it to a local store. When the techs opened it up, they found it full of dry dog food. Apparently, a mouse had been making the computer it's pantry (mice can squeeze through very tiny openings).

    And yes, one complaint was that the computer was squeeking.
     
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    man do they LOVE dry dogfood.. what's up with that?
     
  12. Scott Strang

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    Homer voice activated;..

    Hmmmmmm dog fooooood
     
  13. Julie K

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    There used to be a possum that would visit my backyard and who was very fond of dry cat food. So I'm not too surprised by mice who like dry dog food.
     
  14. Philip Hamm

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    A friend of mine once had a mouse make a home under the seat of his Kawasaki ZX-11. The damn thing chewed through the wiring harness and ruined it. I had a mouse make an overnight home in my GPZ one time during an overnight camping trip. He chewed up and destroyed a perfectly good bungee net.
     
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    No, but I once had a mongoose hold my refrigerator for ransom.
     
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    No mouse, but I did have a rat move into the engine compartment. Driving home one day the car stalls in the middle of a four lane road while I'm making a left turn. Not good. Drive a but further, same thing. Finally get home and pop the hood, and here's this little guy, about a foot long, not counting the tail, sitting on my battery, which is surrounded by a nice assortment of leaves and other yard accessories.
    My mechanic died laughing....[​IMG]
     
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    So that's why Ulmer understands Zardoz....[​IMG]
     
  20. Jake T

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    My brother took the cover off the air filter of his car and found a pile of dry dog food stored there?

    Very Weird!
     

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