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2 week old Tesla won't start [due to rodent damage]

I got a M3LR two weeks back. Last week won't start and it doesn't even display the drive modes at the top left hand side of the screen. Tried troubleshoot steps with an agent on call and had to tow the car. Today they sent me pics and said it is a rodent damage. It is not covered under warranty and the repair cost is around $2600. I have Tesla Insurance which has comprehensive coverage, though will need to pay deductible worth $1000. This sucks because there are >100 cars in my community and non of them face any rodent issue.
 

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jjrandorin

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This has been a thing with modern cars for a while (tesla and others). Similar threads here on TMC:

 
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Frank99

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Hate those little bastiches. Did $2000 damage to my Ford Expedition a few years back.
The Model 3 is nearly sealed on the bottom; we can hope someday Tesla assigns some engineer the job of finishing sealing it up so this problem goes away. A lot harder to do that on an ICE.
 

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I got a M3LR two weeks back. Last week won't start and it doesn't even display the drive modes at the top left hand side of the screen. Tried troubleshoot steps with an agent on call and had to tow the car. Today they sent me pics and said it is a rodent damage. It is not covered under warranty and the repair cost is around $2600. I have Tesla Insurance which has comprehensive coverage, though will need to pay deductible worth $1000. This sucks because there are >100 cars in my community and non of them face any rodent issue.
Pictures aren't showing up, but it's rather unfortunate this happened with a brand new car. I would probably try some way to prevent this again in the future, as there is no guarantee it won't happen again.

Warranty unfortunately does not cover rodent damage, that's all on insurance.
 
My last two trucks (both Nissans) were basically ruined by rodent damage too. I always parked those outside. I haven't had similar issues with cars I park in the garage, and if I do ever see sings of mice in the garage I'm quick to get rid of them. But if your only option is to park outside, I never found a good way to prevent them. I tried scented sprays and rubber snakes and fake owls, but they just kept chewing up my wires. I've heard it has something to do with the chemistry of the wiring insulation, but I'm not sure if that's true.
 

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My last two trucks (both Nissans) were basically ruined by rodent damage too. I always parked those outside. I haven't had similar issues with cars I park in the garage, and if I do ever see sings of mice in the garage I'm quick to get rid of them. But if your only option is to park outside, I never found a good way to prevent them. I tried scented sprays and rubber snakes and fake owls, but they just kept chewing up my wires. I've heard it has something to do with the chemistry of the wiring insulation, but I'm not sure if that's true.
The wiring insulation is made from soybeans, it's more environmentally-friendly, but unfortunately delicious to vermin.
 
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My buddy had this happen to his 2016 Honda Civic in Colorado. He was parked in my brother's driveway where no other car has had that issue. Turns out rodents LOVE Honda wiring. The dealer repaired the harness and wrapped it in Honda Rodent Repellent tape that costs $45+ a roll.
So in short, this happens to many modern vehicles.

Rodent Tape

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I got a M3LR two weeks back. Last week won't start and it doesn't even display the drive modes at the top left hand side of the screen. Tried troubleshoot steps with an agent on call and had to tow the car. Today they sent me pics and said it is a rodent damage. It is not covered under warranty and the repair cost is around $2600. I have Tesla Insurance which has comprehensive coverage, though will need to pay deductible worth $1000. This sucks because there are >100 cars in my community and non of them face any rodent issue.

I've had a rodent mess up my prius a couple years ago. It was so, so gross. It got inside the cabin air filter area, made a nest there.

This isn't an EV or Tesla thing specifically, it is just life.
 
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