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Old 03-05-2013, 09:42 PM
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Hey all, I am a powerstroke and forum noob, (see my intro post here). I went to start my truck (97 7.3) this morning and I discovered that the glow plugs were not working. I popped open the hood and nearly had a heart attack when a squirrel ran over my arm and out. He had a nice little nest in the drivers side rear corner of the engine compartment. He had also decided that the wires coming out of the firewall would make a good snack. So I haven't had much time to look at the extent of the damage, but there were at least four or five plus wires that were cut. This Saturday I will try to resplice the wires. Any advice on a proper way to do this?
Also any ideas of inventive and preferably slow ways to kill squirrels are welcome.

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Old 03-06-2013, 02:08 AM
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Crimp and heat shrink... my prefered method is a western union splice soldered and covered in heat shrink but i know this may not be able to be done in your case. Google it if u dont know what it is.

If u do a crimp splice, use a quality crimp connector and use a quality crimp tool.

Could also go to a JY and rob a engine harness and replace the whole thing.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:01 AM
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Funny story, if you scatter a couple dryer sheets around I know those keep rats outta there, being as how rats and squirrels are both rodents that mite work, but I agree with frank on solder and heat shrink
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:31 AM
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Thanks guys, got the wires spliced back together over the weekend and she's up and running again.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:48 AM
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well now that the wires are good to go, on to the squirells...
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:22 PM
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Awesome.....i have a bird feeder that is open on 2 sides and the squirrel always entered on one side and exited on the other. So i wraped one side shut with clear plastic wrap (the exiting side) let him come in, opened the window so he would run out in a hurry and BAM! It was funny but have no viedo.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:41 PM
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That video is hilarious lol
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:10 PM
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I've seen youtubes the Saran Wrap trick done on the cat door. Can't help but crack up.

The thing about any unwelcome visitor, if you kill 'em, more will come back. You have to repel 'em. Dryer sheets are good, I've heard. Our problem has been mice. Haven't chewed any wires yet, but found some nests in two of the trucks. Just started using a product called Fresh Cab. All natural, stuff like cedar and balsam fir chips, and some other wood oils, packed in these sorta giant tea-bags. Smells kinda strong but not unpleasant to us humans, but evidently rodents hate it. Seem to be working in all the trucks, plus the basement and the cabin.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:46 PM
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Awesome...
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:56 PM
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I did set a couple of rat traps in the truck, even though they are a little undersized for a gray squirrel. One was set off on Saturday morning so at least I scared the heck out of him. Currently I have the truck parked in a lot near the U of MN campus, so squirrel densities are through the roof. Next week, spring break, I will be driving it home to the farm where the squirrel numbers are not nearly so out of control. Hopefully, the rat traps will work for the time being.
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