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The rats chewed the starter wires at the engine case how do I fix this

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If you have insurance on the vehicle that cover comprehensive damage, you are covered. That is the best thing to use. An auto claim for that is the same as hail damage or hitting an animal on the highway. IF not then you need to take pictures as you go and remove the damaged pieces, use splices that are water tight and repair the connections, Try to use the same color wire and seal it with silicon sealer if you can.

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i think you might have a mouse living in your engine compartment
but i would look at a mouse dead inside your muffler since this is the warmest place the cuts off the cars way of breathing
when you come to a stop the dead mouse moves inside muffler and creates a blockage just enough to almost smother vehicle rats find muffler pipes warm area to live in
i would also change the oxygen sensor out too

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