Chewing Through Cash: Rodents are costing drivers time and money

Chewing Through Cash: Rodents are costing drivers time and money

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Rodents are costing drivers big bucks across Texoma.

"We just had a vehicle last week that needed (a) wiring harness. It was $850 and the PCM itself was $500," Joshua Chennault with JC Mobile Mechanics said.

Chennault said rats and squirrels have no preference when it comes to climbing inside a vehicle.

"It can happen in cars, trucks, vans, semis, tractors. We've gone out to several farms to fix some tractors," he said.

But it's not just a problem in rural areas.

"It does happen here in the city," he said.

If these pests get into your vehicle they can cause a lot of damage. They can ruin the main wiring harness going to the vehicle's PCM, the main brain of the computer.

They're attracted to the heat under the hood and sometimes the plant-based material used to coat the wires. Rodents also like to use the wiring to sharpen their teeth.

"Sometimes I've seen them chew on the transmission wiring and the fuel injector harness," he said.

It can make the vehicle hesitant to start, run rough or it won't start at all. It can also kill the computer which Chennault said can be very costly.

"Repairs can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,800," he said.

But there are ways to protect your ride.

  • Moth Balls
  • Used Kitty Litter
  • Rat Away Spray
  • Rodent Deterrent Tape
  • Block Small Entrances to Engine Compartment
  • Place Traps Around Vehicle
  • Leave Hood Up *When Applicable

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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