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June 10, 2020
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Unusual rodent engine problem has suddenly become 'super common'

There might be rats or rats nest in your engine! 

Most customers will be alerted to an issue from a warning light signaling an engine problem. The rodent's damage will interrupt the car's wiring system, but it does not usually paralyze the car, Sirgany said.

The customer will bring the car to the dealer and that's when Sirgany's team opens the hood to diagnose the problem. He will usually find the clues, maybe twigs or leaves, sometimes followed by a surprise.

"Every now and then, you find the critter still living in the car," Sirgany said. "The last one was four years ago. It was a woodchuck staring right at me and he wasn’t even interested in leaving."

Sirgany gently shut the hood and called wildlife experts to safely remove the woodchuck, also called a groundhog. 

The critter crawled up in the wheel well of a parked car, made his way over the brakes and up into the engine. Most rodents would stop there, it's a nice nesting spot. But this fella had other plans.

He kept going until he was inside the dashboard and couldn't get out. There, he died (I didn't say it would be a happy story). 

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