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Serious question!

Two nights ago happened to look in my engine and an animal had been there. Droppings, urine, partially eaten nuts similar to acorns, but not. More moist, larger, green. Lots of them.

Cleaned it off, figured a fluke. This morning 5 or 8 times the amount of all. Droppings and left over nuts.

Not only the dirt, but now worried about chewing wiring or plastic. No idea of the species, but would guess squirrels. Droppings are bigger than mice. Could be rats, but I'd guess squirrels.

How can i keep them out of my engine? What is a deterrent that won't hurt the car?

Thanks.
 

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Rebop,

I have been using a plug-in Victor Ultra-Sonic Rodent Repeller in our 2 car detached garage for over ten years. I’m on my second unit because they do wear out. I used to have the type of problems that you describe but no more. We have more squirrels (alias Tree Rats) than can be imagined and it seems to keep them at bay.

Good Luck,
Bob
 

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Thanks Bob. Unfortunately, I park on the street with no garage.

Right now I have a half dozen Dryer Sheets tie wrapped to various engine parts and a few soaked cotton balls with 100% peppermint oil. So far no wire nibbling. Knock on wood. Will see how tomorrow looks as this stated just two days ago.

Wondering if a screen could be made to attach below the engine and remove easily enough for maintenance. I have not see of there are attachment points that would work or if this is even possible.
 

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Well, I went several weeks with no issues so suspected the peppermint and Bounce sheets were doing the trick. They came back yesterday. I refreshed all the deterents and back again today. No idea what to do so I moved the car a block.

But, while cleaning the engine I broke a part. Its the large plastic cover that covers the coils and oil filler.

Can anyone tell me what this is called, where to find a part number and whether it comes with the inside liner or not and the best place to source it for a decent price? I am sure it will not be cheap. It has 4 rings on it.

Appreciate the help.

~Bob
 

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Found the part. Called the engine cover :) 06J-103-925-BF

Lots of online sellers. Looking for the deal now.

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I bet they're squirrels

those little bastages get inside everything to eat and poop

I had a problem with them in my office false ceiling, had to put a redundant physical barrier to stop them. MF'ers LOL
 

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I'd bet they're squirrels too - but unfortunately know of no real things to deter them than simple poisons - everything I've read (and tried) as for ultrasonics is pretty much bunk. There are several poisons that work on their water-balance so that they'll ingest the stuff - say in your car - then leave in search of water to satisfy their thirst, then croak somewhere away from your car... while this approach is a bit radical, they are just squirrels and we got plenty ...
 

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Well, thought I was safe with peppermint and Bounce and Ultrasonic and they returned. Now have added Rataway and went 4 days with none. Then back. Resprayed Rataway and none today.

I think I need to replace the belly pan. Likely has enough scent that will never be removed tjhat it could be attracting. And the more I research, the more I think the droppings are rats rather than squirrels. And even when back, seems to be one who doesn't stay as long. so something working.

Found a garage that will put me on a lift, drop the belly pan and let me look around and clean. No signs (knock on wood0 of any wire damage, but have not looked from bottom up. Hoping not an issue.
 

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Thanks Bob. Unfortunately, I park on the street with no garage.

Right now I have a half dozen Dryer Sheets tie wrapped to various engine parts and a few soaked cotton balls with 100% peppermint oil. So far no wire nibbling. Knock on wood. Will see how tomorrow looks as this stated just two days ago.

Wondering if a screen could be made to attach below the engine and remove easily enough for maintenance. I have not see of there are attachment points that would work or if this is even possible.
I had dryer sheets in a stored Mustang. They ended up in the heater box as nest. Keep them fresh...maybe they'll work.
 
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