Client Satisfaction Rating of 4.82 Out of 5 Stars! Auto Select has a 4.7 Rating out of 5 Stars

Home of the 3 Year, 36,000 Mile Warranty

Auto Select Rewards, Earn up to 3% towards future Auto Repairs

Wausau/Weston

Weston

6205 Schofield Ave.
Weston, WI 54476
Ph: 715-355-4050
Learn More

Stevens Point

Stevens Point East

5382 U.S. 10
Stevens Point, WI 54482
Ph: 715-341-1600
Learn More

Stevens Point South

3145 Church St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Ph: 715-341-1576
Learn More

Stevens Point Express

3147 Church St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Ph: 715-341-1576
Learn More

Green Bay

Green Bay East

2128 Main St.
Green Bay, WI 54302
Ph: 920-465-3790
Learn More

Green Bay West

2045 S Oneida St.
Green Bay, WI 54304
Ph: 920-494-4936
Learn More

Appleton

Appleton East

3333 Express Ct.
Appleton, WI 54915
Ph: 920-993-3339
Learn More

Appleton Express

1302 N Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54911
Ph: 920-734-0555
Learn More

Appleton North

424 W. Northland Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
Ph: 920-364-9540
Learn More

Neenah

Neenah

114 South Green Bay Rd.
Neenah, WI 54956
Ph: 920-722-2466
Learn More

Find a Location
Wednesday 14 March 2018

Rodents Chewing on Your Automotive Wiring? Learn How to Detect and Prevent This From Happening to Your Vehicle

Posted by at 2:09 PM

You may have had a friend whose vehicle was the victim of hungry rodents.  After all, mice, rats and squirrels—even rabbits—have been known to gnaw on wires in engine compartments, causing vehicle electrical systems to go haywire.  They can disable a vehicle completely and be very expensive to fix.

In 2017, some drivers noticed their vehicle's wiring was being chewed and found out the automaker was using a relatively new material for covering their wires: soy.  Many of the repairs to their new vehicles weren't covered under warranty by the manufacturer when it was discovered rodents were eating the wiring.  So the owners filed a class action suit, saying the soy covering was essentially baiting the critters. 

The automakers tell a different story, saying mice, rats and squirrels have been chewing through wire insulation long before it was made out of soy. 

Regardless of what the insulation is made of, vehicle owners should make sure rodents aren't chowing down and creating a problem in the engine compartment.  They can have their repair facility check for these signs:  Little bits of acorns, leaves, chewed up plastic and animal droppings in the engine's nooks and crannies.  Using a black light, your technician can detect animal urine, a sure sign that they've been using your engine compartment as a warm apartment, a nest and a dining room. 

You can take steps to prevent rodents from chomping your vehicle's parts.  Honda—one of the vehicle manufacturers that uses soy-based wiring covering—makes a rodent tape.  It contains a spice called capsaicin that rodents find too hot to handle.  Other preventative measures include installing metal mesh around wiring harnesses or spraying the engine compartment with special rodent-repellants. 

Rodent damage can cost a vehicle owner thousands of dollars to fix, not the kind of bite anyone wants taken out of their bank account. 

To schedule service, click here