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Are Rats Eating Your Wiring?

If you’re in the Tucson & The Foothills area, you know that we have a huge problem with pack rats. Our auto mechanics at Primarily Japanese are very familiar with this type of auto repair. For some reason, rats find the soybean-based wiring casing delicious, and they especially love eating the wiring for Toyota vehicles. In theory, it’s funny to see a rodent inside your engine looking at you from the A/C vents in the dash. But in reality, rats can do a lot of damage.

You certainly don’t want loose or broken wires inside your engine. And when you’re driving around the Tucson and Foothills area, you don’t want your car to suddenly stop because of a wire that some critter found delicious and decided to chew in half. If your car comes to a stop, there’s no telling where you might be out in the desert--nobody likes to feel unsafe or stranded. The rats are in the desert, hiding from predators, and there is food in the engine, and they feel safe.

Since we’re so familiar with rats and the wiring that they like to destroy, we at Primarily Japanese would love to not only fix the wiring that rats destroyed, but we’ll also give you some hints on how to prevent future problems. Your wiring, if destroyed by rats, is often covered under homeowners or renters insurance under “comprehensive.” At Primarily Japanese, we’re very happy to work with your insurance company.  

At Primarily Japanese, our auto mechanics put devices on the vehicle similar to flashing disco balls, that deter rats from getting into the vehicle. Our auto repairs also include screens. Joe, one of our technicians, found that if you wrap everything with wire mesh, the rats can’t get in. You see, we at Primarily Japanese are not interested in making the rats feel safe. We’re interested in making you feel safe.

To prevent future problems, here are a couple of hints. When you get out of your car, put your recirculation on (for inside air versus outside air) to close the vents. If you need more help, Mr. Pack Rat is a guy in Tucson who tells you how to prevent rats from hurting your car.

We’d love to help you with the rat issues you’re having with your car. So let the auto mechanics at Primarily Japanese work on your car. We’re the go-to repair shop for the Tucson and the Foothills area. Contact us if you have questions or schedule an appointment online. We’re at 600 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705.


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