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Mice and fuel lines
Posted by Sondeen [Email] (#796) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Sondeen) on Sat, 9 Jun 2018 19:41:51
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My wife's 9-3 SC was down for about a week, parked outside, while I waited for a critical part to arrive and then get time to do the repair. After I got the car back up and running, my wife reported a gasoline smell while driving that quickly got worse over a two day period. We decided to stop driving the car until we could have our local Indy look at it, 7 days later. It turns out a mouse had made a nest on top of the fuel tank, and decided to chewing the fuel lines coming out of the pump. The morning I drove it to the shop the car was leaking enough fuel to leave a puddle on the ground when I parked it at the shop, it was not leaking this bad a week prior, so likely the mouse kept knawing each night while we waited for our appointment.

So I have read lots of tips on this site about how to keep mice out of the inside of a car, but not how to keep the out of the underside of your car. Shall I shove moth balls or hot pepper flakes on top of the tank? Won't this just fall out in time? Any ideas?

Mechanic cleaned everything up and put in a new fuel pump, which wasn't a bad idea as the car is approaching 160k and the fuel level sender started acting up last month. I hope the critter does not come back looking for its home.

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