Are animals making themselves at home in your vehicle?
As the cooler temperatures begin to creep in, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for various creatures that seek shelter in or near it.
“I’ve removed anything from mice, rats, squirrels, and their nests,” HomeTowne Auto Repair and Tire Owner ST Billingsley said. “I’ve removed cats, snakes, and even a chinchilla.”
Many critters are drawn to your car’s warmth.
The normal operating temperature of engines are 220 degrees, and they stay warm for hours after the vehicle is turned off.
Others view it as protection from predators.
An owl can see a frog through a leaf, but can’t see it through metal.
The sweet smell of coolant can also attract animals.
So, it’s important to pay attention, especially right now.
You should check your oil once a week. That’s a perfect time to check to make sure nests aren’t being formed and installation isn’t getting chewed up.
This article was written by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire, an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer in Woodbridge. The auto repair shop performs various services, including oil changes, alignments and computer engine diagnostics.