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Rats ate some stuff in my engine bay

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  1. zzyzzx

    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    On my Alero. Damage seems to be to my battery, the insulating thing around the battery, the washer fluid reservoir cap, and the washer fluid reservoir itself. I am not planning on replacing the battery insulator, and I think the damage to the washer fluid reservoir is minor enough that I don't have to worry about a new cap coming off (since the damaged one isn't coming off either). My question is to how to potentially seal up the holes in the battery case?
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    The picture doesn't show up. You mean the actual battery itself? Ouch!
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    jb weld. done it on my 4 wheeler batts before. clean, scratch it up with some 36 grit or something. then apply a thick coat of jb weld over the crack/damage.
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  4. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    When I parked my Escort for a week or so at a relative's rural place notorious for rodents nesting in the cars I tied a few blocks of poison around the engine bay.

    Before I did this, the buggers chewed up my hood insulation.
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    Fixed.
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    Still can’t see them
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    What he said.
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    OK, picture uploaded again. Already concluded that silicone adhesive should be my first choice to seal up the battery holes. Battery has a date of manufacture of Jan 2018, so it's fairly new. I wonder if the plastic casing on it is made of a soy product which might be why the rat liked it.
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    It shows up now. Hopefully the silicone works out!
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    I am going to wait for the silicone to cure, then probably glue a piece of metal over that edge of the battery. I'm thinking that a piece of aluminum flashing would work. At least I can do it at my leisure sine my Escort is working good now.
  11. Cymmantix

    Cymmantix My old archenemy, RAKES!

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    Good thing they didn't eat into the wiring.
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    damn little bastards. I had them do this to my car but wiring was on the menu that night :(
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    Rats!

    Rodents' teeth never stop growing, so they have to gnaw on stuff to keep them from getting too long. So they seem to be willing to chew on anything, even if it seems inedible.
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