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    Honda Post Icon Rodent proof tape from Honda

    In the August 2010 Honda Service News...http://techinfo.honda.com/Rjanisis/pubs/SN/a100800.PDF

    Text copied for those on dial-up:

    Rodent Deterrent Tape for Wire Harnesses

    Got a vehicle with a chewed-up wire harness? It’s probably the work of rodents, and if it is . . . Honda parts stock
    has just the thing to deal with it:
    Rodent-Deterrent Tape (P/N 4019-2317).
    After repairing or replacing the harness, wrap some of that tape around the affected area. It's got capsaicin, the
    stuff that puts the fire in a bowl of five-alarm chili. This should keep any critters from causing future problems.
    When wrapping the harness, use the method we refer to as half-wrapping. Each time you wrap the tape around the
    harness, overlap the layer you just did by half the width of the tape.

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    And don't rub your eyes while installing it!!!! :0
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckyswider View Post
    And don't rub your eyes while installing it!!!! :0

    I thought about that...
    Did you notice the illustration of a rodent every few inches on the tape?
    This stuff might become a big seller. I wonder if anyone has generic available?
    Rodents are a huge issue in Hawaii.
    99 EX 5sp and 04 EX Auto CR-V's, 06 Ruckus, 89 Jeep Cherokee Beach Finder... Big Island, Hawaii . . . Aloha!

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    I wonder how much a roll of that costs. I might be worth installing some as a preventative measure even if you haven't had a rodent problem to date. Gen 3 owners might be very interested since it seems the majority of the posts with this problem come from them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtsandman View Post
    I wonder how much a roll of that costs. I might be worth installing some as a preventative measure even if you haven't had a rodent problem to date. Gen 3 owners might be very interested since it seems the majority of the posts with this problem come from them...
    I have seen dozens of rodent issues at work within the last year. All kinds of vehicles. Rodents don't discriminate. They eat all wiring equally.
    99 EX 5sp and 04 EX Auto CR-V's, 06 Ruckus, 89 Jeep Cherokee Beach Finder... Big Island, Hawaii . . . Aloha!

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    Thumbs up

    I'm going to buy a case of it and give it away as gifts at out next meet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckyswider View Post
    And don't rub your eyes while installing it!!!! :0
    Or lick your fingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtsandman View Post
    I wonder how much a roll of that costs. I might be worth installing some as a preventative measure even if you haven't had a rodent problem to date. Gen 3 owners might be very interested since it seems the majority of the posts with this problem come from them...
    The Honda rodent-deterrent tape p/n 4019-2317, is $24 ($32 list) for a 20 meter roll at Bernardi's Honda. I did a search on the part number and got a hit.

    While searching around I found the top tasty Honda wire (for mice anyway) is the knock sensor wiring. It seems to be true no matter the model. There are lots of stories of Elements, Pilots, Accords, and Acuras with chewed through knock sensor wiring. I believe that's what's shown in the Service News bulletin.



    There's a long, long list of mouse-chewed vehicles on Wombat News: Mice Ate My Car. I thought this one was very interesting...

    Another Honda Pilot owner here who had rodent’s eat the knock sensor wire. When the lights came on I brought it in because it’s still under warranty. Was very suprised when I got a call that this wasn’t warranty, but instead a rodent had chewed the wires. I actually didn’t believe them, so I told them NOT to repair the wire (Quoted me $300) as I wanted to see this for myself (I used to be a mechanic, so I figured I’d do my own repair if not warranty). When I picked up the car, I went ahead and bought the part ($5.50) so if it WAS the actual problem I wouldn’t have to go back to the Stealership.

    Before pulling anything apart I did some research and found this site (among others) that talk about this re-occuring problem. I was now starting to believe that I did have a rodent problem. In addition, the new part came with a gray tape wrapped around the wire which had a VERY interesing picture on it. The tape had a picture of a mouse the an “X” in place of the eyes (i.e. dead). So, even though Honda Customer Service is not admitting to this being a problem, or covering it under warranty, apparently they are aware of it and have tried to prevent future problems with this rodent repellant tape. . .

    I then decided to start pulling parts off the engine. Found the wire pretty quick and it was definately chewed. Had to pull the intake off the engine, but luckily the Pilot had low enough miles that everything was in good shape, all the bolts came off easy, and I even managed to re-use the gaskets (good thing because they are about $90 for the set). If you are mechanically inclined, the job is not too complicated and can be completed in a couple hours with some metric sockets and wrenches.

    I, too will be contacting Honda and complaining about this issue not being covered, especially since there is now PROOF that they are aware of the problem (the tape on the replacment part). I encourage everyone to do the same. Thanks for all the info on this thread and good luck to others!
    Apparently the problem is more prevalent with newer models which have soy-based plastics used for wiring insulation.

    The problem with the tape is that the mice/rats don't stop with the knock sensor wiring, or even the wiring harness. They'll eat anything and everything. In fact, it seems like auto manufacturers are going out of their way to make new vehicles down right tasty...

    BIO-BASED MATERIALS: Automakers have stepped up their efforts to use bio-based materials that reduce petroleum use, life-cycle carbon emissions and vehicle weight.

    Toyota has lead this movement by pioneering the development of an "Eco Plastic" made from sugar cane or corn, and building a pilot plant to produce it.

    DaimlerChrysler increased the use of renewable materials in some vehicles by up to 98% over previous models by using natural materials such as flax and abaca fibers.

    Ford has developed a soy-based foam, and will soon begin using a bio-fabric for seating.
    When checking the oil and topping off the windshield washer jug, you might look carefully to see if you can detect any subtle signs of rodent habitation...






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    I have a built in rodent deterrent...lol. Yep, all 20 lbs of him.

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    Let's not forget his backup!

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