Q: Rats eating air filter and particles falling into the carbureator?Have dogs & cats-avoid poison if possible!

asked by on

Since November of 2016, I have replaced 3 air filters on my 95 4-cylinder standard transmission truck. Particles from the air filter eaten by the rats have fell into the carbureator and I have to dig them out. What can I do to stop rats from eating the filter?

My car has 288000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Believe it or not, this is not the first time I’ve dealt with this. Mice and rats can do a lot of damage to a car, especially if it is parked for an extended period of time. It may be possible to fashion a screen to fit over your air intake, but if the rats are so used to hanging out in your truck, they might move on and start chewing on the electrical wiring next. You either need to get rid of them or park your truck somewhere else. I get it about not wanting to put out poison, but if you have cats, I’d say they’re not doing their job. I’ve had some success with live traps, but then you are stuck with a rat and you have to figure out what to do with it. If you need help with this thing after the rats get done with it, you can contact your mechanic for carburetor and wiring repairs

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Rats eating air filter and particles falling into the carbureator?Have dogs & cats-avoid poison if possible!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Windshield wiper stopped moving

It could be that the linkage rod popped off, but you would hear all kinds of noise coming from under the cowl. I would check the nut that attaches the wiper arm to the hub. It might have a plastic...

Q: Window motor

Hi. The driver's window switch may be getting water or other liquids inside and the window switch is shorting out. There is a recall to replace the switch if failing, and cover the switch in butel tape to make it...

Q: After taking out my cabin air filter from glove box and cleaning it and putting it back, in it now make a loud noise.

Hello. When diagnosing noises on a system that is as simple as the air filter, try not to overcomplicate it. Pretty much the only error you can make with the filer itself is installing it the wrong way. Verify is...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.