Did you know that rodents in your car could be a problem, particularly in rural areas? When it gets cooler outside, rodents and other critters like to hide under the hoods of cars for warmth.
You might be wondering, "how do they even get in your car in the first place". Leaving your doors and windows open is one easy way for them to slip in. And smaller creatures can squeeze into the engine compartment through vents or small openings.
How It Can Be a Problem
When mice and other animals reside under the hood, they can build nests and bite down on your belts and wires. The wire problem is the most common as rodents love to take advantage of the plant-based coating on most of the wires under the hood. Not only can that cause major problems for your engine and quality of ride, but it can go as far as starting a fire. In conclusion, you should know that animals hiding under your hood is not an uncommon occurrence.
Tips to Protect Your Vehicle from Rodent Damage
- Park away from rodent-prone areas - If you have garage access or any other form of shelter, use it to guard your car against these pesky animals.
- Remove food from your vehicle - Keeping your car clean and free of food crumbs and odors can help. Otherwise, any food will be an open invite for rodents.
- Close openings - Please ensure you keep your windows and doors closed. Next, you should close off any gaps between the cabin to the trunk or engine.
- Use deterrents - There are many things you can choose to repel these pesky critters: tape, scent repellents, and even traps.
At Toole's Garage in Stockton, we can remedy rodent damage by fixing any wiring or other electrical problems caused by them. If you suspect you have this problem, please call or visit our auto repair shop today.