Engine Compartment damage caused by rodents making nests and chewing wires is a real issue especially in rural areas of the UK
If you live in a rural area you may not be aware of rodents including mice, rats and squirrels climbing into the engine compartment of your vehicle and causing havoc. By chewing coolant hoses, spark plug wires and the main cable harness that feeds into the vehicle electronics and computer management system CPU. The issue is well documented throughout Germany costing car insurance companies around 58 million euros from claims due to rodent engine compartment damage. Also in 2012 it was the 3rd most common insurance claim according to GDV data statistics. The little pests like to chew on spark plug wires, coolant hoses, wiper fluid hoses, rubber CV axle boots, rubber steering rack bellows, wiring insulation and even sound deadening material usually underneath the bonnet. Their is no reports of brake hoses being chewed however once they destroy the vehicle CV axle boot leading to water and general grime entering the joint, lubrication is affected and this damage becomes a very costly repair. However if the water coolant hose is chewed by a rodent resulting in the loss of water the vehicle can quickly overheat, blow a head gasket or crack a cylinder head leaving some older cars unrepairable due to their value. it’s also been noted that electric and hybrid cars containing copious wires are also very vulnerable with the possibility that the vehicle could catch fire if the high voltage cable insulation is chewed. Also if the ignition wire is chewed it’s common for the engine to start mis-firing whilst unburnt fuel can severely damage the catalytic converters in your vehicle exhaust system.
Why do rodents damage your engine compartment?
They usually enter the engine compartment due to the warm and shelter of the enclosed space with the many cavities ideal for creating a nest. Also a significant factor is that rodents like the taste of the biodegradable coating that automotive manufacturers apply to protect the wiring containing soya.
How can you stop rodents damaging your engine compartment?
Whilst it’s almost impossible to prevent them entering the vehicle due to open access from underneath the engine mount. We have a non harmful solution, DINITROL 81 is a transparent metal protection coating that can be applied throughout the engine compartment by spraying. Once the coating has been applied it forms a smearless film. Rodents including mice, rats and squirrels don’t like the taste of the waxy hydro-carbon based coating. The moisture repellent solution is not harmful to them and also provides an anti-rust corrosion protection coating for complete piece of mind.
Protect your engine compartment from unwanted rodent visitors – DINITROL® 81 provides a non harmful solution. The moisture repellent coating is not harmful to rodents including rice, mice and squirrels and they don’t like the hydro-carbon taste.