Squirrels are creatures that will take any opportunity to make a nest and reproduce. They will happily live in another animal’s nest, your home or even your car. Yes, especially if your car has been sitting in the garage for a long time without being used, but even a car that is regularly driven can have a squirrel living in the engine.
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The most common situation is a mother with her babies looking for a steel-plated home that will protect her children from larger predators. But the danger for you is that this animal is going to fill your engine with twigs and leaves and then chew on anything it can get its mouth around, like your fuel line. It is in fact possible for a squirrel to cause so much damage to your car that it won’t start, or it won’t stop. The signals are a major danger as the wires are quite thin and easy to chew through.
If you have a squirrel in your engine you can try getting it out with a few different methods. Start by inspecting the engine. Check if there is anything in the deeper parts of the engine that could be a nest. If you find something then you’re in business. If the squirrel is not there and it has no babies then get a broom and a brush and start getting all the detritus out of your engine. To keep them out you can try repellents or hot chili but they are not usually affected by these things. The best thing to do is to find out how the animal got into your garage and sealing up those places. They often squeeze under a door that doesn’t meet the ground or crawl in through a broken vent or even a window with a hole in the corner.