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OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: November 07, 2020 04:45PM

I have a 2000 and a 2001 Buick LeSabre. Rodents (I think squirrels) keep eating the wiring at random. Years ago when my dad owned one of them they ate the injector wiring. Last year they ate the wiring to the alternator and the hose off of the wiper squirter on both of them in the exact same place.
Tuesday I drove one, parked it and the next day it had 2 dead cylinders - wiring eaten off of the injectors.
Today I fired up the other one and a headlight was out. They had eaten the harness that went to the headlight and who knows what else.
I found pecan shells right under where the wires were eaten so I think it is squirrels. I don't think rats eat pecans.
How can I stop this and why Buicks?

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 113 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: acardon ()
Date: November 07, 2020 05:23PM

Buick wire insulation has a sweeter taste than Chevys. smiling smiley
You can try rodent repellent. (Repellent)

Don
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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 07, 2020 05:23PM

Some of the wiring back in that era had some find of sodium in the insulation, so squirrels and rodents like the stuff. Rubbing some super hot sauce on the wire often helps . Rat traps or even mouse traps, even if they don't kill or catch them will scare them. I had a bunch of cat birds hit my garden this spring, put out a bunch of mouse traps. That put a stop to it.


You don't have a dog???

J.O.

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: November 07, 2020 05:39PM

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Joel
I don't think rats eat pecans.

Why would you think that? Rats, mice eat most anything.

What size scat do you have? Let me rephrase that, what size scat is found near the damage? grinning smiley

We don't have rats running around (used to have pet rats, very smart) but mice everywhere in this area. One ate the wires to the 95 Park Avenue's vapor vent system solenoid (under the hood). The scat was fennel seed like, so mouse. Heat shrink, solder, good as new.

Raise Hawks! They love mice and squirrel.thumbs up Usually have a family or two around the house. Easier to take care of than a dog (still miss ours).grinning smiley

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: November 07, 2020 05:49PM

Did not know older cars had an issue.

The wiring insulation in newer cars is soy based - an attempt at a “cleaner” product.

Some sites recommend using scented dryer sheets in the engine compartment.

Of course, you get the smell, too.

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: 2ragtops ()
Date: November 07, 2020 06:02PM

I was told moth balls is a deterrent. I keep them in my garage, and I do not have mice all winter long.

Bob Bauer

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: November 07, 2020 06:12PM

I know rats will eat most anything but I don't think they carry things distances to eat them like squirrels. I don't have any pecan trees. I could be wrong.
Poop looks like rats but I can't tell the difference between squirrel and rat.
The dog hasn't helped and we have tons of hawks.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 113 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: November 07, 2020 06:25PM

Rat and Squirrel crap looks the same.
Bob is correct about modern car wire insulation being Soy-based rather than good old fashioned plastic, or rubber.
As for repellents, BE CAREFUL ! ! !
Some/most of the granulated ones are actually dried/crystallized COYOTE URINE. eye popping smiley
Stinky, and CORROSIVE too.
Some people around here use dryer sheets, but I am not sure how effective those are.
One effective natural repellent in MINT.
Spray your engine compartment with a mint extract solution.
Use REAL Mint extract, not imitation garbage.
We had a huge RAT problem at the marine, and we would just place rat poison blocks on top of the intake manifold of the work trucks.
That seemed to be effective too, but offends some of the snowflake types.

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: November 07, 2020 07:24PM

I'm not easily offended. I would shoot those jerks with my .44 if I ever see one. I shot one point blank last winter and he actually exploded like something on TV. I would have bet money that wasn't possible. Largest part left was half a leg and a patch of skin. (that I could find anyway) Raccoons are tougher I guess, they just die when I shoot them.

Joel
Northlake, TX
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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: November 07, 2020 08:04PM

eye popping smiley hot smiley cool smiley grinning smiley thumbs up

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
Have; '66 Monza Coupe - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza
Have had; '61 Monza coupe, 80hp, PG
'62 Monza Wagon, 4spd.
'63 Spyder,
'65 Corsa
.
non-vair
'04 Dodge Cummins Quad Dually, approaching 400K
'03 Honda Del Sol
17'Terry

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 07, 2020 10:27PM

Give those critters a "sporting chance"

Get a .22cal semi auto pistol and a $15 "clamp on" laser beam

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I'm a lousy shot with a pistol, but with the laser on my 9mm...you are dead meat at 300 ft!

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: November 08, 2020 12:07AM

American Mel Wrote:
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> We had a huge RAT problem at the marine, and we would just place rat poison
> blocks on top of the intake manifold of the work trucks.
> That seemed to be effective too, but offends some of the snowflake types.

Animals who eat rats killed by rat poison die also.

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: November 08, 2020 12:32AM

Yeah, and Life's not fair.
Survival of the fittest is what the Humanist Taught us at school, and now they want us to have pity on those not fit to survive???
.
Okay, before anyone has a total meltdown, there are poisons out there that do NOT have secondary kill.

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
Have; '66 Monza Coupe - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza
Have had; '61 Monza coupe, 80hp, PG
'62 Monza Wagon, 4spd.
'63 Spyder,
'65 Corsa
.
non-vair
'04 Dodge Cummins Quad Dually, approaching 400K
'03 Honda Del Sol
17'Terry

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: November 08, 2020 02:33AM

American Mel Wrote:
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> Yeah, and Life's not fair.
> Survival of the fittest is what the Humanist Taught us at school, and now they want us to have pity on those not fit to survive???
> .
> Okay, before anyone has a total meltdown, there are poisons out there that do NOT have secondary kill.

Yeah.

And, there are thousands of chemicals, pesticides, insecticides that are harmful to humans - whether the EPA / FDA / whatever has the fortitude to list them as such.

Given the current ubiquitous use of hand sanitizers, I have looked at a few of the chemicals that are part of the product. The chemicals vary slightly and all the products (5 - 6) that I looked at are made in China - no surprise - they have the manufacturing capability as well as the cost advantage.

But, these same chemicals (and others) are used in thousands of cosmetics / household products sold in the US (made in US or elsewhere).

We cannot escape them.

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: November 08, 2020 06:03AM

jjohnsonjo Wrote:
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> Some of the wiring back in that era had some find of sodium in the insulation, so squirrels and rodents like the stuff. Rubbing some super hot sauce on the wire often helps . Rat traps or even mouse traps, even if they don't kill or catch them will scare them. I had a bunch of cat birds hit my garden this spring, put out a bunch of mouse traps. That put a stop to it.
>
>
> You don't have a dog???


I think that the bunny was dead when the dog found it.. Kind of looks frozen!grinning smiley

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: ken ()
Date: November 08, 2020 06:21AM

Soy based wiring coating
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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: November 08, 2020 06:26AM

How about a hungry cat? Or rather a combination of all of the above (including the .44)?

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 08, 2020 07:03AM

junkman Wrote:
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> I think that the bunny was dead when the dog found it.. Kind of looks frozen!grinning smiley


No Junk, it was a fresh kill, it was in the teens and she rolled in the snow a few times looking for a place to bury it. Got four more rabbits this summer. Six Ground hogs, one squirrel. I got the pheasant, she only pointed and retrieved it.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: November 08, 2020 07:36AM

I finally gave up and hired a pest control guy for our squirrel problem.

My cat is good at gophers, vole, and mice, but doesn't do squirrels.

Pest control set eight traps and after three months squirrels gone.

Reasonably humane and they die in their burrows...no carcasses.

Poison in the traps is commercial grade blood thinner Warfarin.

Their blood gets so thin it wont pump and they just pass out.

All my neighbors squirrels are gone to...squirrel e-mail. cool smiley

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Re: OT: Something eating Buick wiring
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: November 08, 2020 10:51AM

Phil Dally Wrote:
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> Pest control set eight traps and after three months squirrels gone.
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> All my neighbors squirrels are gone to...squirrel e-mail.

Doubt it. For 3 months, the pest guy got all the squirrels in your neighborhood.

But, they will be back - in a year or two. ggggg

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