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Old 10-18-2018, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rodent nest under the hood!

Have lurked for a long time here before joining couple weeks ago. First post. Wife usually takes the 2014 Insight into town and hangs out in the senior citizens call day. A few days ago she came right back in and said the power steering was not working. You know where I am going here. Found a nest on the left fender well and two white wires damaged (one severed and another had insulation off about an inch .) Not sure if I was going to "fry my taters or gonads" by messing around, did download both manuals posted as a "sticky" and wade through, concluding damaged and severed "white" wires were to EPS (Steering system.) As it has been raining here for days, did wait until carport has dried out a bit before getting serious about going forward. More comments and then a few questions here.
I found way too much outer insulation jacket as a nest than visibly damaged, in addition to some cotton stuffing! The cotton may have come from an old mustang convertible parked beside the Insight.
I tend to pucker up a tad when working on electrical stuff, and manual states fuses are 100 and 60 amp respectively. If I am understanding the diagrams correctly here, voltage concern can be eliminated by removing the battery cables as this not part of the IMA system. However, some setting are lost in doing so. Also, information can be retained by attaching a 12dc ~200mamp to the cables prior to removal. Then the wiring safe to proceed.
My questions are these: Am I correct in assumptions and anticipated repair procedures ?
In dealing with this kind of amperage, it would appear that normal 12vdc connectors (male/female) would not be sufficient as a repair procedure. Any "Insight" and or bumps in the road you can direct me around in this repair.
Love the Insight. It likes to fly and gets "comfortable"(low load on engine)around 80 or so. Always gets above 40MPG. In thinking of the voltages here, made me think of a fellow that managed to get "ahold" of some 460. He lived through it, it went in his hand, and came out the back of his head. He could still pedal around some (years later) but kinda dog-tracked when he walked.
Anybody been down this road? (not the 460 voltage) but electrical repairs to an Insight? Any special concerns I may have missed in grazing the manuals?

Do have some experience with electrical stuff. Have run underground 2-0 copper lines to a home built metal workshop and "plumbed" all wiring in building prior to inspector approving the work.
Thanks in advance
Tom
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That must be something unique to TX ... perhaps lone star rats have a fondness for rice? 😃 ... same thing happened to me when I lived in commerce about 5 yrs ago ... luckily the nest was fairly innocuous and the little bastards didn't chew up anything ... b careful and good luck
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