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Drivers face costly repairs after rodents chew through wiring

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Unwanted passengers are eyeing cars as a delicious afternoon snack.

Their snacking is costing car owners thousands of dollars in repairs.

Rodents are making themselves a toasty home in cars and eating the wires.

Dex Tunison has been in the auto repair business for almost 30 years. He has just about seen it all.

“It can be very pesky,” Tunison said.

The issue has been somewhat of a regular occurrence for Tunison. More so in the winter due to rodents looking for a place to nest, like underneath the hood of a car.

He said their reason for chewing the wiring is due to the taste.

“Some vendors to the manufacturer will use organically based wires. And that’s why it’s kind of a sporadic problem,” Tunison said.

Tunison said the use of soy products in wiring is becoming more frequent as more manufacturers go green.

When mice chew through them, it can cause some serious damage.

“Well, if the wires short out it can do computer system damage, computer damage itself. It can cause the car to stumble, run rough cause the cylinders not getting fuel,” Tunison said.

Although several cases have been seen in older model vehicles, newer cars should still get their under-hood wiring checked as well.

“When we do the wiring repairs we cover them with a plastic based or vinyl based tape that, I wouldn’t say repels the rodents, but they don’t like to chew on that. So, we like to prevent it from happening again,” Tunison said.

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