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    A family member had their 380 in storage recently as they have been away for 3 weeks.

    Went to start the 380 and it was running on 5 cylinders.

    Opened the bonnet and could see straw under the engine cover. Removed engine cover and found a ratís nest. After removing the nest have found the rat has eaten through the wires to the injector and coil pack to cylinder 2.

    Any idea if theses looms or harness are still available from MMAL? Any idea on part number or cost?

    How many hours of effort to replace and are any special Mitsubishi tools required to change the complete harness?
    Proud owner of a Series III 380 SX, 1 of only 32044 380s made

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    Maybe easier to get an auto electrician to solder in new bits of wire if u don't want it attempt yourself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by s311_bvm View Post

    Any idea if theses looms or harness are still available from MMAL? Any idea on part number or cost?
    Probably a question best proposed to a Mitsubishi dealer spare parts department, or someone like Mal if you are looking at second hand.

    How many hours of effort to replace and are any special Mitsubishi tools required to change the complete harness?
    See above. Change spare parts department for service department, or ask Mal.

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    Rats chewed the rubber off one of my aircon hoses in the 380.

    Google seemed to suggest Japanese plastic and rubber contains oils which attract rodents.

    Maybe buy a German car next

    I'd be going to an autoelectrician, repair might be much cheaper than replacement.

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    Best to get a used loom. Have seen this a few times with 380's for some reason

    I do have looms here if that helps, they are not hard to change given the ECU is in the engine bay as well.
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    Just as a conclusion to this thread, this 380 was found to have significant Rat damage. It transpired that Rat infestation is covered by Comprehensive Car Insurance.

    The car was towed away repaired and returned on tow truck for just the cost of the insurance excess.

    The main engine loom was replaced with a new loom. The transmission and head light looms needed to be repaired. Two O2 sensors replaced as was the heat shield around the battery.

    This 380 is a separate car to the other thread running on the Dead 380.

    Thanks again for all comments above.
    Last edited by s311_bvm; 08-09-2017 at 11:31 PM.
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