This is a two part-er. The first part is about repairing a defective
lock mechanism. The second is how to keep rodents out of the engine area.
About 3 weeks ago after returning from a 4 week trip, I discovered
rodents had gotten into the engine compartment and caused electrical
wiring damage to the van. One problem was that the door lock switches
would randomly activate whether or not the engine was on or not.
1. Most of the damage was covered by insurance, but the repair shop
could not find any evidence the rodents caused the above problem. Rather
than fix the problem entirely, I asked them to just turn off the
mechanism in the body module that controls the switches. They have done
However, I befuddled by the fact that this problem appeared at the same
time as the rodent difficulty. Are there some areas of the engine and
its electrical components that could have been disturbed by the rodents
other than the wires?
2. The only way I can keep the van from being ravaged again, aside from
putting it in a garage, is to build something like a fence around it two
feet+ high. Woodrats are about 12' in length. The fence would be
reasonably solid or possibly something like burpap. No holes. One side
would allow me to drive the van into it. The area would be about 20x10'.
Possibly PVC could be used in the case of fabric or plastic sheets (6mil
thickness). Probably I'd have to build it, but maybe something like this