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    Possible mouse damage to JD 590

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    A mouse/mice built a nest on top of both cylinders of my JD 590. The Engine Malfunction Indicator came on but I am unaware of for how long. I was mowing on a day when the temperature was 90 degrees. According to the service manager the computer on the 590 does not throw any codes to tell what is wrong. He assumed the engine overheated. I didn't notice any loss of power. The grass in the area that I was mowing only about 5 inches tall and the tractor was not under a heavy load. The service tech completely cleaned out the engine compartment and couldn't any damage to wiring or anything else. A test run showed that everything was operating OK. Do you think that there might have been unnoticed damage? The service department manager said that the 590 goes into a "imp mode" if there is the potential of serious damage. Is this correct?

    I do keep the hood up on the tractor but the mouse/mice came up from underneath the motor. I use dryer sheets around my motorcycles and my JD 1070. Better do the same with the 590. Anything better than dryer sheets? Mothballs?

    From now on I am going to watch the 590 dash a lot more closely. Yes indeed I am.
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    I've heard about mothballs but don't have experience with them, so don't know if it works. I've had luck with D-con, with a car in storage. Put a couple inside the engine compartment and interior. D-con was gone but the wiring wasn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tguil View Post
    (If you also go to the "other" tractor forum, please bear with me.)

    A mouse/mice built a nest on top of both cylinders of my JD 590. The Engine Malfunction Indicator came on but I am unaware of for how long. I was mowing on a day when the temperature was 90 degrees. According to the service manager the computer on the 590 does not throw any codes to tell what is wrong. He assumed the engine overheated. I didn't notice any loss of power. The grass in the area that I was mowing only about 5 inches tall and the tractor was not under a heavy load. The service tech completely cleaned out the engine compartment and couldn't any damage to wiring or anything else. A test run showed that everything was operating OK. Do you think that there might have been unnoticed damage? The service department manager said that the 590 goes into a "imp mode" if there is the potential of serious damage. Is this correct?

    I do keep the hood up on the tractor but the mouse/mice came up from underneath the motor. I use dryer sheets around my motorcycles and my JD 1070. Better do the same with the 590. Anything better than dryer sheets? Mothballs?

    From now on I am going to watch the 590 dash a lot more closely. Yes indeed I am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylew View Post
    I've heard about mothballs but don't have experience with them, so don't know if it works. I've had luck with D-con, with a car in storage. Put a couple inside the engine compartment and interior. D-con was gone but the wiring wasn't.
    First, I would not worry about engine damage. As the dealer noted, the 590 has a safe mode for running hot and low oil conditions.

    As for the moth balls, they do tend to work--better than dryer sheets, which in my experience ended up in the mice nesting material. I also put a rolling log mouse trap near the tractor and it seems to catch most of the mice before they can do damage. Unlike a traditional mouse trap, this one keeps working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylew View Post
    I've heard about mothballs but don't have experience with them, so don't know if it works. I've had luck with D-con, with a car in storage. Put a couple inside the engine compartment and interior. D-con was gone but the wiring wasn't.
    Where do you get D-Con these days? I thought they took it off the market.
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    Peppermint oil is good to use as a repellent.
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    Where do you get D-Con these days? I thought they took it off the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJR345 View Post
    Peppermint oil is good to use as a repellent.
    Peppermint works very well, but I use a combination of peppermint and those 6"x12" sticky traps. Put a couple down under the tractor with a dab of peanut butter in the middle. You'll catch them by the dozens, then you just pick up the mat and throw it away. Field mice suck.

    It works for squirrels too. Ever seen a squirrel climb a tree with a sticky mat stuck to it's head?
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