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Model Y rodent damage?

artnalex

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May 31, 2020
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This can happen to any car. I had a Ford Explorer many years ago and one day I opened the hood and.....I found little feet marks on the engine shroud. Mice (or rats). I parked my car just outside the garage, which was near a fruit tree (orange tree), which naturally attracted rodents. Thankfully, no issues after that.

I know of someone who also had some rodent damage (chewed wiring). He, too, parked his car outside near an area which had fruit trees. They are attracted to a warm engine at night.
 
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Dennisis

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Yeah do a search, common issue with any car, more so in different parts of the country. In AZ lots of pack rats and squirrels that will feast on any wiring available. A garage is your best defense.
 

DaveORD

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Mar 12, 2020
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With Halloween next week, I've seen people asking how to stop rodents from snacking on their jack o lanterns, and the 2 suggestions that keep on coming up are cayenne pepper and Vick's vapour rub. No idea if this can help with your vehicle, not sure you want to cover your car in Vick's or cayenne powder, but perhaps there is a clue there... But if rodents are chewing on your wiring, good chance that wiring has soy based insulation and that is what they are after.

https://www.howtopreventratsfromeatingcarwires.com/2017/03/21/prevent-squirrels-eating-car-wires/
 

RoBoRaT

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Nov 22, 2018
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Apparently, some Tesla models have had serious damage due to rodents. Does anyone know if the Model Y is as vulnerable?

Was vulnerable, so I activated 3&Y Rat Buster Mode! ;)

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neutrino

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Mar 2, 2020
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Wenatchee, WA
I live in the country. Those little mice are no joke!!! A neighbor had $4.5k damage to a Subaru from mice, and another had $12.5k in damage to a Prius! Those little bastards!!

I try to use peppermint oil and those bags of odor repellant. So far no issues. Correlation isn't causation, but.....it's working so far.
 

Rockster

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Oct 22, 2013
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McKinney, TX
I had a problem with rodents in my Highlander that stayed outside. I bought a Rid-a-Rat Packrat and Rodent Deterrent Device from Amazon. It’s a blinking light powered by the vehicle’s 12V battery. It seemed to do the trick.
 
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brkaus

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Jul 8, 2014
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Rodents ate the wire off the knock sensor under the manifold of my Acura. Appears they use soy in the insulation.

Mine part even had a picture of rodents with x on them to tell them to stay away. Sample in attached link.

Would have been $900, except I got my daughter to contort her arm and get it under the intake to start threading the part in.

2006-2017 Honda Sub-Wire, Knock Sensor 30531-R70-A00 | All Discount Parts Store
 

Srad600Volt

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Sep 28, 2020
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Lots of empty hills around where I live. So far I’ve found mouse droppings in (2) of our past Mazdas and I currently have an electrical fault in our Honda due to rodent damage. The Tesla is parked in the garage, that’s likely the only reason it’s been spared.
 

pg3ttt

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Oct 21, 2020
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Danbury, WI, USA
Rodents have attacked and invaded our Model Y. They have chewed on the firewall insulation and tore up some tissue paper in the center console in the cabin. I discovered the tissue paper evidence yesterday and, today, removed the maintenance panel to try to determine how the rodent got in. So far, I have some ideas, but nothing definitive. If there is anyone who has definitive information, please let us know. As a retired person who spent his career designing products, managing design projects, and doing extensive work to ensure quality in design and manufacturing (although not involving autos), I have no tolerance for automobiles that fall victim to rodents. No excuse! That said, we are now relegated to band-aids and anti-rodent potions. There are sprays that repel mice, so I sprayed one of these products all over the equipment and surfaces normally concealed by the maintenance panel except the top of the 12V battery. Although I found no damage, there are unprotected wires behind the 12V battery. One suspect entry point is through the cabin air intake. I cut wire mesh to go over that and cut a small piece to cover a drain hole in the bottom of the air intake. Does anyone have definitive information as to where the rodents are getting into the cabin?
 

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neutrino

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For ICE cars, a mechanic told me that turning on cabin air recirculation before parking helps prevent rodents by closing off an access point.

I try to leave my MY's recirc on before parking, but I don't know if it actually stays shut after leaving the car.
 
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pg3ttt

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Oct 21, 2020
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Although I appreciate the suggestions that I have received related to dealing with Tesla pests, I think the magnitude of the problem deserves professionally designed kits, specifically for Tesla models. I have created a group called "Tesla Pests" and hope that people will promote it to attract the attention of people and organizations that can make that happen. The group is on an extremely popular social media platform.
 

Dennisis

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Feb 11, 2020
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Wow, I appreciate your pain but pack rats, squirrels, mice, etc... get into ALL cars regardless of make and cause extensive damage. Easiest solution is to park your car in a well kept garage. Lot's of people around here (who park outside) leave their hoods up at night, put lights under the hoods, etc... to combat the problem.

Anyway, good luck!
 

pg3ttt

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Oct 21, 2020
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Danbury, WI, USA
Wow, I appreciate your pain but pack rats, squirrels, mice, etc... get into ALL cars regardless of make and cause extensive damage. Easiest solution is to park your car in a well kept garage. Lot's of people around here (who park outside) leave their hoods up at night, put lights under the hoods, etc... to combat the problem.

Anyway, good luck!
I absolutely understand that rodents are problems for many cars. That doesn't mean that we must live with this. As a retired product designer, I know that there are professionals with the backing of capable manufacturers that can come up with solutions, especially if the kits are customized to particular models. I would gladly pay $300 and probably more if I knew that the solution was robust. I don't have a garage, and as Teslas come down in price, ungaraged Teslas will become common. People are spending thousands of dollars to fix rodent damage. This problem deserves a robust solution.
 

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