ABS BRAKE SENSOR WIRES CUT. Any ideas?

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  1. hobbyhome

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    For the 2nd time in 4 months our ABS brake sensor wires from the chassis to the rear axle on our Transit Motorhome have been cut. Has anyone got any idea why this would be done? Both times it happened at home parked on our drive. The brakes are fine it is just the sensor wires, We get on very well with all the neighbours. Any ideas? File 18-12-2017, 15 29 08.png
     
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    hate to say this but it looks chewed through not cut o_O
     
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    Squirrels maybe.
     
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    Lots of people are saying squirrels. Originally we thought a human as 1 clean cut but now believe it is a rodent of some description. Thanks.
     
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    Is it possible that they're being caught/trapped on something when you drive the MH, either on the ground/road or on the MH itself? We had a sensor on one of our front wheels 'cut' and all we could assume is it had got caught on something when we were driving along some rough ground.
     
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    I had squirrels bite through a metal peanut feeder.
     
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    ... you shouldn't have had them trapped inside it then! :xlaugh:
     
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    I wish. :xsmile:
     
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    Definitely not caught on something. It happened both times on our drive. All the pieces were under the vehicle.
     
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    If it is squirrels you could try something like this from Amazon ?

     
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    I agree with the others - that's definitely not a cut, wire cutters would give a much cleaner cut than that, that's either abrasion or gnawing - and my money would be on rodents. It's funny what they'll go for, if the wire is hanging down it could just be a tempting target for one. A bit of spiral wrap around the wire may be enough to make it less attractive - although Spanner's Amazon find looks better, if it's flexible enough to still move OK with the van suspension.
     
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    I will show my husband tomorrow. Thanks.
     
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    I will show my husband tomorrow. Thanks.
     
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    Another option may be to try to put a cover over the wiring, or put something on it to deter the squirrels etc from nibbling it ... not sure what they don't like the taste of but thinks like garlic, chilli pepper/oil, and peppermint I think puts them off too ... Vaseline wouldn't taste that nice either!

    https://www.homeremedyhacks.com/19-home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-squirrels/
     
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    Maybe whilst you're trying deterrents you could just string a dummy bit of cable up so you don't have to replace the actual ABS leads every time. I fear if it is Squirrels then the only way to stop them will be via a proper trap but maybe you could find another way.
     
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    Lucky husband..... Is it his birthday then?
     
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    Traps are OK, but if it’s squirrels, you will just trap a problem! If it’s a grey one, you have to destroy it, as it’s classed as a foreign pest - you can’t just relocate it and let it go! If it’s a red one (lucky you), it’s protected, and you shouldn’t have trapped it!!

    You might want to try one of the German Marten deterrents, which seem to keep all kinds of wildlife away (including rats and mice). We keep our Moho on a local farm, with one of these hung under the bonnet, connected to the jump start terminals, pointed down and back to flood the underneath with sounds they don’t like! It certainly keeps the mice and rats away!!

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Carpoint...54&rk=1&rkt=1&&_trksid=p2045573.c100754.m4842
     
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    You shouldn't feed Squirrels Metal Peanuts :xdoh:
     
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