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Had the very first non normal repair on my 99 stang last week. For
some reason, the wipers wouldn't come on. Checked the fuse, relay
etc. Could hear it clicking but couldn't find out why the wipers
wouldn't come on. Dropped it off and they called me back a few hours
later to tell me a funny story. They found a "rodent nest" near the
connector that goes through the firewall for the wiper, and some of
the wires were chewed up. They were able to cut out the damage and
wire around it, or it would have cost about 400.00 for the new
harness. He asked me if the car wasn't driven much. Told him it's a
6 1/2 year old car with 44,000 miles.....duh. He told me to get a pan
of mothballs and put under the car. Apparently the critters don't
like the smell.
Car sits outside......I thought about spraying the wire harness and
around the lower opening between the firewall and the interior with
some "pepper spray" since I have access to law enforcement quality
spray.

Anyone else have experience with this?
 
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Rusty wrote:
> Had the very first non normal repair on my 99 stang last week. For
> some reason, the wipers wouldn't come on. Checked the fuse, relay
> etc. Could hear it clicking but couldn't find out why the wipers
> wouldn't come on. Dropped it off and they called me back a few hours
> later to tell me a funny story. They found a "rodent nest" near the
> connector that goes through the firewall for the wiper, and some of
> the wires were chewed up. They were able to cut out the damage and
> wire around it, or it would have cost about 400.00 for the new
> harness. He asked me if the car wasn't driven much. Told him it's a
> 6 1/2 year old car with 44,000 miles.....duh. He told me to get a pan
> of mothballs and put under the car. Apparently the critters don't
> like the smell.


That is true. And that sucks.

> Car sits outside......I thought about spraying the wire harness and
> around the lower opening between the firewall and the interior with
> some "pepper spray" since I have access to law enforcement quality
> spray.
>
> Anyone else have experience with this?


I parked a car outside for a while, started it and warmed it up, turned
on the heat, and got a faceful of rodent nest. It was horrible. Little
bastards had chewed up my seat padding, and made a nest out of it. I
literally bolted from the car, stuck my head under the hose of frigid
well water and scubbed myself furiously, then took a shower. I imagine
that vermin and excrement got all over my face. I wanted to scrape my
skin off.

I had to replace the ducts, and the smell took a while to go away. I
don't know if pepper spray would work or not, or if it would be corrosive.

I don't know if I helped you or not... good for a chuckle maybe

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Don't use the pepper spray, it will linger for a long time and could melt
some plastic. Go ahead and use the moth balls. Its cheap lasts forever and
very effective.
"Wound Up" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Rusty wrote:
>> Had the very first non normal repair on my 99 stang last week. For
>> some reason, the wipers wouldn't come on. Checked the fuse, relay
>> etc. Could hear it clicking but couldn't find out why the wipers
>> wouldn't come on. Dropped it off and they called me back a few hours
>> later to tell me a funny story. They found a "rodent nest" near the
>> connector that goes through the firewall for the wiper, and some of
>> the wires were chewed up. They were able to cut out the damage and
>> wire around it, or it would have cost about 400.00 for the new
>> harness. He asked me if the car wasn't driven much. Told him it's a
>> 6 1/2 year old car with 44,000 miles.....duh. He told me to get a pan
>> of mothballs and put under the car. Apparently the critters don't
>> like the smell.

>
> That is true. And that sucks.
>
>> Car sits outside......I thought about spraying the wire harness and
>> around the lower opening between the firewall and the interior with
>> some "pepper spray" since I have access to law enforcement quality
>> spray.
>>
>> Anyone else have experience with this?

>
> I parked a car outside for a while, started it and warmed it up, turned on
> the heat, and got a faceful of rodent nest. It was horrible. Little
> bastards had chewed up my seat padding, and made a nest out of it. I
> literally bolted from the car, stuck my head under the hose of frigid well
> water and scubbed myself furiously, then took a shower. I imagine that
> vermin and excrement got all over my face. I wanted to scrape my skin
> off.
>
> I had to replace the ducts, and the smell took a while to go away. I
> don't know if pepper spray would work or not, or if it would be corrosive.
>
> I don't know if I helped you or not... good for a chuckle maybe
>
> --
> Wound Up
> ThunderSnake #65
>
> AHPBBFM pages: http://tinyurl.com/9yulk
>
>
>
>
 
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RATS!

Ok ok, so SOMEONE had to say it!

Have you ever smelled moth balls?

Moth ball stench is ... ewwwwwwwwww and takes forever to go away.
I say drive the darn car more often.

Kate

"wf81" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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: Don't use the pepper spray, it will linger for a long time and could melt
: some plastic. Go ahead and use the moth balls. Its cheap lasts forever and
: very effective.
: "Wound Up" <[email protected]> wrote in message
: news:[email protected]
: > Rusty wrote:
: >> Had the very first non normal repair on my 99 stang last week. For
: >> some reason, the wipers wouldn't come on. Checked the fuse, relay
: >> etc. Could hear it clicking but couldn't find out why the wipers
: >> wouldn't come on. Dropped it off and they called me back a few hours
: >> later to tell me a funny story. They found a "rodent nest" near the
: >> connector that goes through the firewall for the wiper, and some of
: >> the wires were chewed up. They were able to cut out the damage and
: >> wire around it, or it would have cost about 400.00 for the new
: >> harness. He asked me if the car wasn't driven much. Told him it's a
: >> 6 1/2 year old car with 44,000 miles.....duh. He told me to get a pan
: >> of mothballs and put under the car. Apparently the critters don't
: >> like the smell.
: >
: > That is true. And that sucks.
: >
: >> Car sits outside......I thought about spraying the wire harness and
: >> around the lower opening between the firewall and the interior with
: >> some "pepper spray" since I have access to law enforcement quality
: >> spray.
: >>
: >> Anyone else have experience with this?
: >
: > I parked a car outside for a while, started it and warmed it up, turned
on
: > the heat, and got a faceful of rodent nest. It was horrible. Little
: > bastards had chewed up my seat padding, and made a nest out of it. I
: > literally bolted from the car, stuck my head under the hose of frigid
well
: > water and scubbed myself furiously, then took a shower. I imagine that
: > vermin and excrement got all over my face. I wanted to scrape my skin
: > off.
: >
: > I had to replace the ducts, and the smell took a while to go away. I
: > don't know if pepper spray would work or not, or if it would be
corrosive.
: >
: > I don't know if I helped you or not... good for a chuckle maybe
: >
: > --
: > Wound Up
: > ThunderSnake #65
: >
: > AHPBBFM pages: http://tinyurl.com/9yulk
: >
: >
: >
: >
:
:
 
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On Sun, 12 Feb 2006 19:05:29 GMT, Rusty <[email protected]> wrote:

>Had the very first non normal repair on my 99 stang last week. For
>some reason, the wipers wouldn't come on. Checked the fuse, relay
>etc. Could hear it clicking but couldn't find out why the wipers
>wouldn't come on. Dropped it off and they called me back a few hours
>later to tell me a funny story. They found a "rodent nest" near the
>connector that goes through the firewall for the wiper, and some of
>the wires were chewed up. They were able to cut out the damage and
>wire around it, or it would have cost about 400.00 for the new
>harness. He asked me if the car wasn't driven much. Told him it's a
>6 1/2 year old car with 44,000 miles.....duh. He told me to get a pan
>of mothballs and put under the car. Apparently the critters don't
>like the smell.
>Car sits outside......I thought about spraying the wire harness and
>around the lower opening between the firewall and the interior with
>some "pepper spray" since I have access to law enforcement quality
>spray.
>
>Anyone else have experience with this?

How'd they get in? Gotta head 'em off at the pass.

If you don't actually put the mothballs IN the car/venting, just
spread 'em under the car it'd be better.

If you ever opened an old trunk, or a storage closet that hasn't been
opened in a long time, like in a grandparent's home, you'd know those
things are power packed and linger.

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Spike
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2, Vintage Burgundy
w/Black Std Interior, A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok;
Vintage 40 16" rims w/225/50ZR16 KDWS BF Goodrich
gForce Radial T/As, Cobra drop; surround sound
audio-video...
See my ride at....
Feb 2004- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/003_May_21_3004.jpg
Feb 2004- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/005_May_21_2004.jpg
Jul 2005- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/davescar_7_11_05_002.jpg
Jul 2005- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/Engine_rebuild_006.jpg
 
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"Spike" <[email protected]> wrote
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: If you ever opened an old trunk, or a storage closet that hasn't been
: opened in a long time, like in a grandparent's home, you'd know those
: things are power packed and linger.
:

FOR-EVER huh Spike!
and nasty smellin things too!
 
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> Have you ever smelled moth balls?
>
> Moth ball stench is ... ewwwwwwwwww and takes forever to go away.
>
> Kate
>

Can't say as I've ever gotten that close to a moth.....

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On Tue, 14 Feb 2006 15:13:50 -0600, "KJ.Kate"
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>"Spike" <[email protected]> wrote
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>: If you ever opened an old trunk, or a storage closet that hasn't been
>: opened in a long time, like in a grandparent's home, you'd know those
>: things are power packed and linger.
>:
>
>FOR-EVER huh Spike!
>and nasty smellin things too!
>

Yes, I recall fondly my grandmothers means of protecting against
moths.... I soon break and inhale smelling salts, or breathe the
vapors straight from a bottle of ammonia.
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Spike
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2, Vintage Burgundy
w/Black Std Interior, A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok;
Vintage 40 16" rims w/225/50ZR16 KDWS BF Goodrich
gForce Radial T/As, Cobra drop; surround sound
audio-video...
See my ride at....
Feb 2004- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/003_May_21_3004.jpg
Feb 2004- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/005_May_21_2004.jpg
Jul 2005- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/davescar_7_11_05_002.jpg
Jul 2005- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/Engine_rebuild_006.jpg
 
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"Jafo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> "KJ.Kate" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>> Have you ever smelled moth balls?
>>
>> Moth ball stench is ... ewwwwwwwwww and takes forever to go away.
>>
>> Kate
>>

> Can't say as I've ever gotten that close to a moth.....


What I wanna know is how you get their legs apart?

But seriously folks. Moth ball stench reminds me of "old woman. Like my
grandma's house mixed with a stroll through Walgreen's. Yech!
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On Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:48:30 -0700, "Blue Mesteno"
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>"Jafo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>> "KJ.Kate" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>>> Have you ever smelled moth balls?
>>>
>>> Moth ball stench is ... ewwwwwwwwww and takes forever to go away.
>>>
>>> Kate
>>>

>> Can't say as I've ever gotten that close to a moth.....

>
>What I wanna know is how you get their legs apart?
>
>But seriously folks. Moth ball stench reminds me of "old woman. Like my
>grandma's house mixed with a stroll through Walgreen's. Yech!

Wow! That was an old one... : 0 ) LOL Goes right along with fly
fishing.... : 0 )

And yer right! About the smell, not about.... oh, welllll...
anyways....
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1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2, Vintage Burgundy
w/Black Std Interior, A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok;
Vintage 40 16" rims w/225/50ZR16 KDWS BF Goodrich
gForce Radial T/As, Cobra drop; surround sound
audio-video...
See my ride at....
Feb 2004- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/003_May_21_3004.jpg
Feb 2004- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/005_May_21_2004.jpg
Jul 2005- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/davescar_7_11_05_002.jpg
Jul 2005- http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/Engine_rebuild_006.jpg
 
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"Rusty" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Had the very first non normal repair on my 99 stang last week. For
> some reason, the wipers wouldn't come on. Checked the fuse, relay
> etc. Could hear it clicking but couldn't find out why the wipers
> wouldn't come on. Dropped it off and they called me back a few hours
> later to tell me a funny story. They found a "rodent nest" near the
> connector that goes through the firewall for the wiper, and some of
> the wires were chewed up. They were able to cut out the damage and
> wire around it, or it would have cost about 400.00 for the new
> harness. He asked me if the car wasn't driven much. Told him it's a
> 6 1/2 year old car with 44,000 miles.....duh. He told me to get a pan
> of mothballs and put under the car. Apparently the critters don't
> like the smell.
> Car sits outside......I thought about spraying the wire harness and
> around the lower opening between the firewall and the interior with
> some "pepper spray" since I have access to law enforcement quality
> spray.
>
> Anyone else have experience with this?


Sorry to read about that - it brings back painful memories of when I ended
up having to sell nice Alfa 75 (Milano in the US?) for spares after storing
it in a friends barn for six months. When I came back to the car there were
two large adult rats and about seven "babies" living in the engine bay.

http://www.m_code_fastback.btinternet.co.uk/wiring1.jpg
http://www.m_code_fastback.btinternet.co.uk/wiring2.jpg
http://www.m_code_fastback.btinternet.co.uk/wiring3.jpg

The mess and smell was just awful. The only consolation was that once the
barn doors were open, the neighbours dog (some sort of terrier) was able to
get in and made short work of one adult rat and all of the youngsters.
 
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