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Old May 23, 2018, 16:44   #1
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vacuum hose nightmare

Sunday I tried to start my 2000 Jetta TDI (A4) to make a short run but had a no start problem

pulled the plastic engine cover and discovered the mice did a number on my factory vacuum hoses, (they are fabric covered)

I had my hands full dealing w/ so damn many vacuum hoses, already had 3mm (blue) & 5mm (red) silicone hose on hand (planned to replace hoses last month when it kept going into limp mode) {no tasteless jokes}

meanwhile I got my cousins youngest son over to slip a skinny arm down behind the engine to replace the vacuum hose between the turbo vane actuator (adjusts pitch on the turbo vanes) and the N75 valve that does the controlling - checked function -- had him feel the actuator while I uses the hand vacuum pump to move it, and it held vacuum too , good news

discovered right off that the nipple for the vacuum pot that moves the fresh air intake at the EGR valve was broken - so I cut a 1" piece of red straw from a spray can, got a drill bit the same as the OD of the straw, drilled out the broken piece of nipple, drilled the base where the nipple came from, grabbed a single use tube of crazy glue, glued the nipple back together w/ the red straw in place, let it sit a day (actually 2 cause it was raining)

got vacuum hose nightmare squared away today, jetta started right up, must have been the broken nipple, that would caused the EGR fresh airflow flapper to stay closed

there are plenty of times I hate engineers / designers, but I got over the hate today ...... but I still hate those damn mice chewing on everything they can


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Old May 23, 2018, 17:53   #2
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get some moth balls and place some in zip lock bags. Tie strap the bags to a top stable part of the engine.
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Old May 23, 2018, 18:03   #3
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I had to put those Decon rat killer, grain boxes under my Jeep. It killed the mice but,unfortunately, it killed all the squirrels. Forgot about those.

I used to have 4 or 5 squirrels in my yard all the time but they disappeared with the mice. Collateral damage they call it.
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Old May 23, 2018, 21:52   #4
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I had to put those Decon rat killer, grain boxes under my Jeep. It killed the mice but,unfortunately, it killed all the squirrels. Forgot about those.

I used to have 4 or 5 squirrels in my yard all the time but they disappeared with the mice. Collateral damage they call it.
I'll bite. What's so great about the cousins of rats that live in trees?

And yes to the OP. I hate front wheel drive cars. Especially a V6 trying to get to shit
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Old May 24, 2018, 14:50   #5
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That job sounds like it sucked.
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Old May 24, 2018, 23:56   #6
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yeah, it sucked, razor blade to slit old hose ends so that you do not break any nipples, my big hands do not really fit into the smaller spaces


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Old May 25, 2018, 05:23   #7
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I'll bite. What's so great about the cousins of rats that live in trees?
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The way they taste when you cook a mess of them with gravy
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The way they taste when you cook a mess of them with gravy
boil them until the meat falls off the bones, pick apart make gravy serve on waffles or biscuits, enjoy
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I thought this was going to be a review thread about a horror movie.
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A long time ago I found out that the automotive industry used peanut and soy oil as an ingredient in the plastics molding processes; such as wire insulation, hoses, and plastic fittings. Helped them be "green" because it is biodegradable. Apparently the smell and flavor imbeds itself in the plastic product and the rodents really love it.
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A long time ago I found out that the automotive industry used peanut and soy oil as an ingredient in the plastics molding processes; such as wire insulation, hoses, and plastic fittings. Helped them be "green" because it is biodegradable. Apparently the smell and flavor imbeds itself in the plastic product and the rodents really love it.
I had an old '76 chevy 1 ton that sat in the yard 'til we needed it to haul pipe fittings (big elbows, tees, and such other stuff. Went to start it one day and nothing...Opened the hood and all the wiring was gone and there was a cottontail rabbit sitting on top of the engine. Two months later the little bastiges got the transmission control harness in my Cat D6M dozer, 19 wires and 6 hours of labor to repair it.
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Be thankful it was only the vacuum lines. My wife's old Lexus ES fell victim to rodent damage to the wiring harness. It got to the point where it would intermittently loose power and die while going down the road. The local Toyota dealer want to explore the timing belt looking for damage. The tech spent hours taking things apart only to find the belt wasn't the issue, neither was the crank position sensor, which was generating a fault code. Turns out something had been chewing on the wiring harness and signal lines were damaged. At least the technician admitted his 98.8% judgement call on the timing belt was wrong and I don't have to eat the cost of labor on that one.
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