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Old 04-07-2021, 10:13 PM   #1
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There was a mouse in the house....

Rather, in the engine bay :(

I fired up the RV and headed home from the storage yard. When I got up around 35mph it started struggling and the check engine light came on. I pulled into a truck stop and topped off the tank, thinking that maybe I had put too much gas conditioner in last fall and it needed to be diluted. Nope.

I called the wife and she met me in my Jeep. I pulled my ScanGauge out and plugged it in and it was giving me an error code with coil 6. Uh oh. I pulled the dog house off the engine and sure enough, coil 6ís harness was chewed through by a rodent. Thankfully all it did was chew that and some insulation (that I know of). The bitch of the problem is that this is the only coil with two purple wires. The other nine all have a purple wire and then another color, so purple is the common. Iíll be damned if I can see any difference in the two wires and the wife couldnít see any either.

I sent her home and said Iíd figure it out. I didnít have a multimeter to do any continuity checks and the truck stop didnít sell one. I did some research and after an hour or so I learned that coils wonít be damaged if the two wires are swapped. It wonít work as efficiently as it should, but it wonít destroy anything. So, I twist tied some new wire onto the engine side and used some butt connectors to attach the harness. I plugged it in, started it and no codes.

I went to Napa and got a new harness and some butt connectors with the solder in the center. Iím going to figure out the correct polarity tomorrow and then attach the new connector. Then I need to figure out how to make it rodent proof.
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:32 AM   #2
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Good luck with rodent proofing the RV. You could just place a few traps under the dog house and see what happens. If a family of mice decide to take up residence that's about the best one can do.

Using the standard trap with food might work for a time but when the food dries up it might not attract a mouse. The sticky type trap some don't like for obvious reasons.

You might try adding a layer of insulated wire under a trap with real food. When the food dries up they might eat the insulation.

We live out in the woods with little around us. We see all kinds of animals from possum to racoons, cats, fox, deer, dogs, squirrels etc, etc. Our RV stays under a carport attached to the house but it's open at both ends. I'm in and out most days while we are home so there's a lot of activity that might have something to do with animals searching for food.

We've only had one rodent chew through an injector wire. Discovered it when we took the RV out for a propane run. While living here we've had 6 different RV's. Three TT's and 3 motor homes. That's not to bad for living out for 40 years.
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