- carolinagirl0890 wrote:
- The wiring on one of my ignition coils has been chewed a bit by some kind of rodent, most likely a squirrel since they're so abundant in my apartment complex. I realized today when my check engine light came on and the car hardly wanted to start so I headed over to autozone for a diagnostic that identified an ignition coil issue. So we took a look and there were the gnawed bits. I'm not completely car savvy, my knowledge generally stops at changing my oil and tires. I'm not a slow learner by any means and I'm sure I could figure it out but I definitely don't want to cause more damage by doing it wrong. n My dad is usually my go to but unfortunately lives pretty far away. What are the chances I could use a repair kit to fix this myself? I'm told its relatively easy to splice the wires but that they really need to be soldered and I don't have a soldering iron nor do I know how to use one. Would it be recommended that I attempt myself or should I take it to a shop? I honestly don't have the money for a full wiring harness replacement and it's definitely not covered under my vehicle warranty as they don't cover rodent damage.
I did take a picture of the damage, it's right next to the connector but I'm not sure how to show it here.
there is a quicker way.. crimping. Go onto youtube and watch video tutorials to help you learn how to crimp wires. I personally like the butt connector crimping type. Once you learn how on youtube (free, since you can access the internet) then you can DIY. Also.. you'll need to look up how to bare wire, removing insulation from the wire so that you can splice it. also, on youtube.
once you get it fixed, there is tape that you can apply to the wiring that rodents WILL not chew through! rodent tape I think it's called..