News Rodents Are Feasting On Newer Cars' Soy-Based Wiring Insulation

11:16  16 may  2018
11:16  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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It seems that making insulation out of an edible substance makes it more appealing to pests.

Rats can't resist wiring in newer cars : Here's why. Rodents , such as rats, can get under the hood of vehicles and chew on wire coatings, causing Albert Heber of Indiana owned a 2012 Toyota Tundra and had its soy - based insulated wiring chewed through by rodents three times, the first in 2013.

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In an effort to be more friendly to the environment, companies are making more and more automotive components out of renewable materials, such as soy or even cannabis. Unfortunately, a side effect of building cars out of edible materials is that rodents are eating them, reports the Detroit Free Press.


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These newer cars with the soy based wiring are certainly attracting rodents and since the car manufacturers won’t do anything about it, we need to take matters into our own hands.

Also in 2016, several AAA car care centers on the East Coast made similar rodent discoveries. Because they’re rats, there’s no preference for But the problem of rats invading and feasting on a vehicle’s wiring isn’t new , and it existed prior to the use of soy - based insulation , hence the reason

The use of soy in car parts is nothing new. Ford has been making seats out of a soybean-based foam for the past ten years. Ford also uses soy rather than petroleum for wire insulation. However, some owners have been running into unforeseen problems when rodents find their way into cars and eat the edible insulation.

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New Wiring Tasty to Rodents . Mechanic Marc Dueubber said many automakers have moved to biodegradable, soy - based wiring insulation in the past 10 years. Honda dealers now sell rolls of anti- rodent tape for wires , that can be used on any car , not just Hondas.

Newer models cars are using soy - based materials to coat wiring . Rodents are feasting - and causing havoc with cars sensors and electronics. New Cars ' Soy - Coated Wires Give Rodents Plenty To Chew On - www.freerepublic.com. Ozone will compete with rodents on insulation and

Ford is not alone in suffering this problem. In 2016, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Toyota claiming the company should cover this type of damage after Albert Heber was forced to pay around $1,500 to fix the chewed wiring in his 2012 Tundra under warranty.

"We think the addition of soy in the insulation has taken the episode of rats chewing through the wires through the roof," attorney Brian Kabateck, who is involved with the class-action lawsuit, told the Detroit Free Press.

Toyota, however, denies that modern insulation is any more appealing to rodents than the old petroleum-based insulation. “Rodent damage to vehicle wiring occurs across the industry, and the issue is not brand- or model-specific. We are currently not aware of any scientific evidence that shows rodents are attracted to automotive wiring because of alleged soy-based content," the company retorted.

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Reports: Woodchucks feast on House Speaker Paul Ryan's SUV wiring . More: Rats can't resist wiring in newer cars : Here's why. Last month, a federal court judge in it to cover – under warranty – damage from rodents chewing through insulation for engine wiring that is now soy - based versus

Rodents had a feast at his expense, causing ,000 in damage. “I took the car back, but the next day all the lights went on, and the car wouldn't start, and I had to call “I think it was well intentioned when they went to soy - based insulation , but I think they have to rethink their strategy here,” Welch said.

Toyota is correct that the problem is not limited to any particular brand or model. The use of renewable materials such as soy has spread across the entire automotive industry, which means that despite the class-action lawsuit applying only to owners of 2012 to 2016 Toyotas, similar issues could occur in pretty much any modern car.

Mouse infestations in vehicles, even those that are driven regularly, have been a problem for a long time. A furry visitor recently made a home in my VW Jetta Ute project, and I've cleaned rodent nests out of other cars in the past. Mice chewing wires and causing electrical problems is nothing new. But now that soy has become popular as an insulation, instances of this type of problem appear to be on the rise.

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