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    2032R with mouse damaged wires

    I pulled the tractor out of the barn yesterday to do some loader work since it was so nice outside yesterday. I pulled up to the house and was working on cleaning out the garage. I kept hearing this chirping noise by the dash of the tractor. With all the birds that are out I didnít think much about it for the first couple times. Then I was on the other side of the tractor and the noise was t behind me, it was in the tractor. So here comes the disassembly, I started with popping the hood, and the side panels. Nothing there so I kept going. I did discover how easy the piece comes off from around the dash which was a nice surprise, but then I found the source of the noise I was hearing, a mouse nest. I removed the nest and found one set of wires chewed up pretty bad (I did not notice anything not operating as it should on the dash). Iíll attach a picture of the harness they destroyed. What do you guys recommend for fixing it?
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    Looks like they just about chewed enough to break some wires.

    Mice are a constant battle around here. Iíve had nests in my tractor but no damage...yet....

    My wifeís VW - they chewed a vent line on top of the fuel tank - leaks if you fill the tank which I always do. Itís a major job to drop the tank to repair as the rear axle beam has to be dropped also....
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    I really hate those little suckers! My first thought is to replace the whole harness, except for the fact that itís a main harness and probably runs from front to back of the tractor and Iím sure itís pretty expensive from Deere.
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    It appears that none of the wires are actually compromised. Iíd check each one to make sure, then wrap each one in electrical tape and replace the wire loom.

    The key to not having mouse nests is never to let the machine sit for too long. I run mine every few days. Mice know when something hasnít moved in a week or more and they consider it safe to nest in.
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    Do you have any experience with the liquid electrical tape? Would I be able to ďpaintĒ that stuff on and put new loom over it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    It appears that none of the wires are actually compromised. Iíd check each one to make sure, then wrap each one in electrical tape and replace the wire loom.

    The key to not having mouse nests is never to let the machine sit for too long. I run mine every few days. Mice know when something hasnít moved in a week or more and they consider it safe to nest in.
    Electrical tape wonít be enough to seal out moisture. Any moisture will cause corrosion. Just being humid can get the process started.

    Be better to spice with waterproof splice or as someone stated earlier replace the harness. As much as it would suck to have to spend that kind of cash, that is what I would do if that was my 2038r.
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    Heatshrink tubing makes a clean repair. Black tape turns into gooey mess with time. You will have to to cut the wire to slide the heat shrink over it or release the contact from the plug shell to do so.

    I guess that is a plus for living in MN. We don't have too many issues like that with equipment. I guess the cold temps and high taxes keep the mice away.....
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    Looks like 4 wires damaged, 2 single wires and a yellow and green twisted pair. I would cut the convoluted tubing off at the base of where the mice chewed, removing the entire damaged section. Then I would de- pin those 4 wires from the connector, you might need a special tool for that specific connector. You will need to find the connector part number on the body of the connector to figure out which tool you will need, or have a go at it with mechanics picks if you can see how the contacts are retained. Get yourself the correct size marine heat shrink. Marine is important as it has a silicon inside that creates a waterproof seal once it is shrunk. Untwist the twisted pair and use a separate piece of heat shrink on each wire, so 4 pieces total. Retwist the twisted pair once they are sealed, you might need zip ties to hold the repaired section together. Re-pin the connector and replace the convoluted tubing that was removed with new, using electrical tape to bond it to the existing tubing.

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    DISCONNECT THE BATTERY NOW!!!

    I think I would try the liquid electrical tape for sure.

    Here is a short video of it after a 5 minute cure. I wonder how flexible it is after full cure but you probably don't need a lot of flex in that area.




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    Did you finance your tractor through John Deere Financial and get their insurance? I think it's through Sentry.
    If so, they will cover rodent damage.
    We've replaced a few harnesses covered under their insurance.
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