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Old 05-11-2000, 07:52 PM   #1
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Angry Rat Attack

I was driving from WA to AZ with an overnight stop in Kettleman City CA (I-5 near Buttonwillow). Stop to fill gas at Ehrenberg AZ (just over the AZ border). When I checked the oil, it looked as if someone had trimmed away most of the insulation to the No. 4 spark plug wire. I was wondering if it was sabotage. I taped up the wire and continued on to Phoenix.

I stopped in at Camelback Subaru to pick up a wirer. Technician took one look and said it looked like a rat attack. Luckily the rat only chewed on one spark plug wire. Also he told me he had seen cars where there was alot more damage done.

Bad news was that Camelback Subaru was back ordered on plug wire, so they stole a wire of a new RS on the lot. All covered under warranty and on my way.

Supposedly , moth balls under the hood will help keep the vermin from under the hood. Hmmm.

Big thanks to Camelback Subaru in Phoenix.

Anyone else experience the dreaded rat attack? :eek

By the way, the RS did great on the road trip. 3200 miles covered, 27 mpg avg, with speeds in the 70-80 mph range most of the way.
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Old 05-11-2000, 09:03 PM   #2
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Where do you park your car? Strange that the rat couldn't find anything else to eat except some wires!
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Old 05-11-2000, 09:18 PM   #3
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Hey, I used to live on Camelback RD in Phoenix! I hated it!
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Old 05-11-2000, 09:23 PM   #4
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The rat attack had to have happened at the hotel in Kettleman City. There is not much there, but a couple of hotels, gas stations and a few fast food restaurants (In-n-Out Burgers )

I think maybe I was just lucky it didn't get to chew very long
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Old 05-11-2000, 11:29 PM   #5
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That is cool that Camelback helped you out like that.

I haven't really had to take mine to a dealership yet, so maybe Camelback will be the dealership I use for warranty work.

Thanks for the review

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Old 05-11-2000, 11:58 PM   #6
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My dad lives in Paradise Valley and I went there last month for spring break. I took him to a Sube dealership. I think it was Pitre Saab Subaru. anyways, I wanted him to test drive one because he's used to big, V-8 Sedans (Lexus LS400, Jaguar Vanden Plas) and I thought i'd show him what an Impreza's made of. I guess the dealer was new to subarus because I was talking to him about avalibility of different colors. He said that they didn't have any blue ones, but white and RED were the most popular colors for MY00?!? Didn't they only have red on the MY98 2.5RS?
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Old 05-12-2000, 04:38 AM   #7
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Have a Nice Day?

Hmmmm.....maybe wrapping my plug wires with bacon isn't such a good idea
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Old 05-12-2000, 05:36 AM   #8
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we have the same problem in boston..well, by fenway park. so far, may car has been spared, but my brother's car had some tranny lines and coolant lines chewed.

technician sed that rats have teeth like scissors...clean bites thru any rubber hose.

they like the engine bay cuz it's warm and they can build nests in there...

the full armor package may be a deterrent for rats, but if they really want in, they get in.
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Old 05-12-2000, 07:30 AM   #9
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Has noone here ever owned a rat as a pet before? They're actually very intelligent... And yes, their teeth are sharp.

Just an interesting fact, did you know that rats' teeth never stop growing? If you've ever been around a rat and hear it kinda grinding it's teeth together, this is why. They have to keep them ground down to decent levels. If they lose one of their lower teeth, one of their upper grows right out of their mouth and eventually they can't eat cause their mouth is stuck open. If they lose a top tooth, the bottom can grow until it is so long that it actually punctures the roof of their mouth and kill themselves by going into their brain.

Ok, educational lesson over.

BTW, rats will eat ANYTHING. My friend had a rat that ate a stick of her deodorant, drank engine coolant, and *cough* ate used condoms.
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Old 05-12-2000, 08:18 AM   #10
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8complex, I think I just lost my lunch...



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Old 05-12-2000, 08:34 AM   #11
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This will seem so dull after 8C's post

John, for MY00 there is Sedona Red, a sort of metallic chili-colored red. There was a bright red available in MY98 too.
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Old 05-13-2000, 05:21 AM   #12
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We had a SVX in the shop a few years ago were the customer lived in a old hunting lodge way out in the woods. A rat went under the intake on the SVX and chewed the wiring loom in half for the cam and crank sensors. It took close to 2 months to get the wiring for the SXV from Japan. Subaru could not even give us a time frame on how long it would take to pull the intake because they did not have it listed in the book at the time. The bad part is when the car came in on the truck I put a unopened pack of ketchup in the car to see if the rat was still in their a couple of hours later the pack was torn apart like a shark attack Lets just put it this way I don't think anyone has ever pulled a intake on a SVX as fast as I did to get that thing out of the shop

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