They are cute, adorable (of course not for all), fluffy, hairy and have innocent eyes but don’t fall into the trap as they are not gullible. Yes, we are talking about none other than the small and mischievous rats (sometimes we do know them as rodents and mice) who can very smartly and hideously create mayhem in your car’s engine compartments. This may sound weird to you but this is a fact that might leave for you a heavy servicing bill to be paid at the car’s service center.
Many mechanics have witnessed engines getting destroyed by these small creatures. They have found elaborate nests and even small tiny baby rats stuffed with bedding material inside the air cleaners.
First, let’s find out how they find their way to your car and how much they can cause damage to your prized possession:
Rats like dark places to hide and what’s better than hiding under the hood of your car. They find places behind the battery, between the radiator and headlamps, under the engine cover, and between the engine block and firewall. Rats use either drive shafts or axle to make their way to the engine bay.
The fresh-air vents of the car's air conditioning system or the firewall’s rubber grommets are the escape ways for the rat family. They can also enter inside your car’s working mechanism through the floor-mounted pedals. Once inside the system, the rat, and its peers can do this:
If a rat dies inside the air conditioning system of your vehicle, the only way to get rid of the foul odor is to get your car thoroughly washed and cleaned professionally.
Rats are color-blind but they might find inclination towards a particular color to taste and that could be in the form of a wire. Apart from the wires, the other things in the car they would like to taste include belts, hoses, connectors and fasteners, rubber inserts and bulb holders. The worst it can do is disengaging the connection between your car and its ECU, which might costs you in thousands.
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Here are few steps you can take to prevent the rat entering inside your car. Always remember that precaution is better than cure. So let’s check out what steps we can take to protect the beauty and functioning of our beloved car:
These tricks can help you in keeping your car rat-free! If you have some more secretive tricks that might be helpful in guarding your car from the rat family, be nice and share in the comments below: