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Lucky escape after rats chew car brakes

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A woman had a lucky escape after rats gnawed through the brake hoses of her car, almost leading to a crash in Edinburgh.

Janet Reid, 65, was driving with her 14-year-old grandson when her brakes failed as she entered Loanhead roundabout.

It was only because her father had taught her how to slow down using the car's gears that she avoided a crash.

She said mechanics later found rat hairs stuck to the damaged hoses.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-44860311

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The Caspian Hare

Around here it's the woodchucks, they chew the transmission lines that have some kind of soy substance on them

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I saw this story yesterday from another source and they said they chewed through the "brake cables" odd considering that cables are not used under that hood of that car.

To add, rubber brake hoses are not allowed under the hoods of any cars with which I am familiar. :no: They must be steel for safety and durability.

 

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31 minutes ago, .ZZ. said:

I saw this story yesterday from another source and they said they chewed through the "brake cables" odd considering that cables are not used under that hood of that car.

To add, rubber brake hoses are not allowed under the hoods of any cars with which I am familiar. :no: They must be steel for safety and durability.

 

The car had to be sitting for quite a while for a rat to be chewing under a wheel. Like months. 

 

39 minutes ago, The Caspian Hare said:

Around here it's the woodchucks, they chew the transmission lines that have some kind of soy substance on them

The whistle pigs here drink the spilled bio-diesel but since it still has some real diesel in it you find them dead.

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4 minutes ago, Piney said:

The car had to be sitting for quite a while for a rat to be chewing under a wheel. Like months. 

Yep, cars use rubber brake flex hoses at the wheels that steer. :tu:

Maybe I'm just a stickler for the "under the hood" description. :ph34r:

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1 minute ago, .ZZ. said:

Yep, cars use rubber brake flex hoses at the wheels that steer. :tu:

Maybe I'm just a stickler for the "under the hood" description. :ph34r:

I am too.

It wouldn't of been a emergency brake cable because they are to thick and coming off the master cylinder and going to the wheels they are steel.....

Glad I can use my ASE somewhere....

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1 hour ago, Still Waters said:

A woman had a lucky escape after rats gnawed through the brake hoses of her car, almost leading to a crash in Edinburgh.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-44860311

According to another source they were brake cables.

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 A terrified gran has described the moment she narrowly avoided a car crash after rats chewed through her brake cables.

rats had chewed through metal parts of the cables.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/terrified-edinburgh-gran-narrowly-avoids-12929540

 

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14 minutes ago, Still Waters said:

According to another source they were brake cables.

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The car still had to be sitting for a LONG time or just old and worn out. Those cables are high tensile.   I'm calling B.S on the rat theory. 

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34 minutes ago, Piney said:

I am too.

It wouldn't of been a emergency brake cable because they are to thick and coming off the master cylinder and going to the wheels they are steel.....

Glad I can use my ASE somewhere....

That's what I'm talking about! :tu:

I am fortunate enough to display a "ASE Master Auto Tech" certificate on a wall. (since 1978) < lol

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1 minute ago, .ZZ. said:

That's what I'm talking about! :tu:

I am fortunate enough to display a "ASE Master Auto Tech" certificate on a wall. (since 1978) < lol

1987 which makes it null and void. I never worked as a mechanic except on our Ranch or my bosses farm. 

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10 minutes ago, Piney said:

1987 which makes it null and void. I never worked as a mechanic except on our Ranch or my bosses farm. 

Mine expired long ago, as you know you have to re-certify every few years.

Metal chewing rats I have yet to encounter! :lol:

To add, you correctly stated the the only "brake cables" are for the E-brake.

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7 minutes ago, .ZZ. said:

Mine expired long ago, as you know you have to re-certify every few years.

Metal chewing rats I have yet to encounter! :lol:

To add, you correctly stated the the only "brake cables" are for the E-brake.

I'm calling a cheapskate who didn't have their brakes checked annually. :tu:

 

So if your ASE why Harleys? Glutton for punishment? :lol:

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4 minutes ago, Piney said:

I'm calling a cheapskate who didn't have their brakes checked annually. :tu:

 

It makes for a good story, after all it went viral worldwide!

"So if your ASE why Harleys? Glutton for punishment? :lol:"

I see what you did there, you remembered :tu:

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6 minutes ago, .ZZ. said:

I see what you did there, you remembered :tu:

I never forget anything a Husky owner says. I just don't get why some don't ride Swedish or German bikes too. :lol:

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