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Hopefully that wasn't an Emotional Support/Therapy Squirrel.

Owners need to drive THOSE everywhere, now that they have been banned from airlines....:Darn:
 

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Funny, just a week ago I had a run-in with a squirrel and his/her sharp teeth and wiring. We were cruising around St Louis, Mo towing our 2014 Honda CR-V when the dashboard in our motorhome lit up like a christmas tree with several warnings indicating the Allison transmission had faulted out and the shifting was derated. One minute we were traveling at 65 mph, and the next minute we were limping along in first gear.Long story short, we had our 27,000 pound motorhome towed 52 miles to a shop, only to find out wiring going to a speed sensor had been the main course for a squirrel. The corrugated black plastic wire loom was shredded for several inches and the wires had several chomp marks. I guess the rough roads around St Louis were the final straw.
 

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i use the rolls on rodent tape on all our vehicles and if i leave them stationary for a bit
I’ll go and auto start them or slam doors.
We have chipmunks all over

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spray the engine bay with the shiny stuff, they wont touch it. Problem solved (as long as it wont dissolve the plastics anyway).

This is literally the first time I've even heard of this issue. Squirrels are EVERYWHERE here and never heard of it. But too they have food here unlike urban areas

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Had a related (rodent) issue with my '04 LX about 6 months ago. First indication of a problem was loss of some running lights & dash lighting at night. Stopped to look into problem, wiggled some wires & after restart all but tail lamps were restored. Next day using emergency flashers a new 'buzzing' noise that cycled with the flashing could be heard behind the dash.
A few hours of dash disassembly revealed a critter had found its way into the vehicle & had temporarily found refuge under my dash, snacked on few wires & some insulation, got into HVAC ducting, partially chewing the cabin air filter & damper door above the fan. Also left behind was a stillborn (rodent) fetus in the fan housing! I'm just thankful I need to use my flashers regularly to escort large trucks to/from our mountain community else I might have put off investigating this intermittent electrical issue, allowing the smell of 'death' to permanently taint my vehicle.
Living in SoCal I have had a few encounters with the destructive nature of the ravenous native rodent population. Working as an auto tech at independent shops I have had more than one vehicle towed in with large bundles of wires chewed away at a bulkhead only to gain access to a few sunflower seeds or other crumbs left behind by unsuspecting occupants.
I've also seen all but a few strands of #2AWG building wire chewed thru where it entered a structure, again only to gain access to the interior of a dwelling for food, water or protection from the elements. Beware the destructive nature of hungry rodents!
 

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Hasn't happened on our CR-V, yet, but something like this happened to our '10 Mustang, in June 2011. City was repairing a water main at my neighbor's house, across the street, at 7am, since I was working "graveyard," I went over to raze them for "waking me up." As I cleared the front walk to the driveway, to dogs took off running, didn't think anything about it, continued over to my neighbor's house. Razed my neighbor and city workers for a while, and returned to my house. As I was walking up the driveway, between the cars, it dawned on me that the weeds and grass, that had grown up through the cracks, "were gone." I then noticed that the front of our Mustang looked like the dogs had used it as a chew toy. I went into the house, wife was on the phone with her mother, and I started yelling, "WHERE'S MY RIFLE?!! I'M GOING HUNTING!!!" My wife was ticked off too, after she saw the damage, and called the police and animal control. $800 in damage, mirror to mirror, both wheel wells, & front edge of the hood. I get it back to a point where we can drive it again, and drove it to work, when the engine light came on. Got a code reader, and it said that we had a bad O2 sensor. I replaced it, reset the code, and one week later the stupid light came on again. So I took the Mustang to Kieffe & Sons Ford, in Mojave, and they determined that my O2 harness was all chewed up. Guess those stupid dogs were after something that was hiding in my Mustang. They repaired the harness for $80, and I never had another issue with it since.

I did file a police report & had animal control come out, when the dogs tore up my Mustang. Those same dogs had been in/out of the AC shelter several times over the previous few months, that ACO said that the owner will not receive them back. Insurance paid for all of the repairs, they paid me and I bought/replaced damaged parts, and didn't repaint the Mustang. $200 in parts, and another $600 for paint/labor. Traded our Mustang in for a '16 Pilot, which we later downsized to our '16 CR-V. Which, now, my wife now wants a new Pilot or something like it. :kaboom
 

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Nothing to report here. But, when I lived in a more distant suburb and had my '88 Accord garaged, with the driver's window open, while I was working on it over several months, turns out mice got into the garage, chewed up a lot of the insulation, and left their droppings all over. (Especially in the trunk.) I did vacuum it all up and dispose of it all safely, but, I am kind of glad I eventually got rid of it since who knows what smells or infections we could have caught from it.

That was a shame though. If I'd kept it, and left it garaged, I'd be driving it as a "classic" now. Other than one tiny rust bubble on the rear (in the "usual Honda rust zone" at the back of the rear wheelwell, where they all rust), it was pretty much flawless.

There is a fix for the 3rd Gen CR-Vs to put a mesh over the opening to the air box, and I need to do that in both of ours. When I did the struts, I had to pop off some of the plastic covering the cowl to get to the top strut bolts. At one point I dropped one of the mounting nuts and, not seeing where it went, I got out the flashlight and was quite surprised to see that the opening to the cabin air filter is completely wide open. And we have a lot of squirrels here...

Traded our Mustang in for a '16 Pilot, which we later downsized to our '16 CR-V. Which, now, my wife now wants a new Pilot or something like it. :kaboom
OK...car problems, we can help with.

Wives? Not so much. :BigGrin:
 
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