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I have several customers with summer homes that swear by pure peppermint oil, the real stuff. Apparently mice don't like it at all.

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I remember reading something about newer wire insulation made from soy-based bioplastic being much tastier for our rodent friends. I think there is a Toyota lawsuit re damages not covered by warranty. FCA may be using this material now as well.

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I remember reading something about newer wire insulation made from soy-based bioplastic being much tastier for our rodent friends. I think there is a Toyota lawsuit re damages not covered by warranty. FCA may be using this material now as well.

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Bummer! I used to live on a ranch and for some reason the mice always thought my old Eclipse's spark plug wires were delicious...

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some kind of rodent had completely eaten away at my electrical wires.
if you don't have a plan for keeping them away you might consider what I do for my kids Chevy that gets stored for months at a time at a remote parking lot near the woods. I put a few moth balls in nylon stockings & zip tie them to a cpl areas in the engine compartment. then in the spring when they come home from school & we move the car back to our condo lot, we cut them off. it's just a winter thing. you can play with how many bags you make & how many balls in each bag to keep the smell reasonable. we use 4 bags with at least 5 balls in ea bag. the smell is pretty strong

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Thanks for all the suggestions.
I've checked inside the cabin too to bottom for any evidence and can't find anything.

The service tech also suggested rubbing a dryer sheet all over the engine cover.
Dont just rub the dryer sheets on the cover, TIE a few of them on things i n the engine compartment. we have chipmunks around and starting going in my engine compartment, so i tied dryer sheets on the hood release cable, by both hood hinges and a couple other places and i replace them once or twice a year to keep them strong smelling. i have not seen or found any evidence of chipmunks in the engine compartment now. Original scent Irish Spring bars work too, got that Information from Hot Rod magazine and i used to do that for a car i stored in the winter i put them everywhere and i never had any problems with that either. Dryer Sheets stay put better in a vehicle that is driven. Good luck and hope you never have trouble again.
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