South Bay resident Mike Fouch said his car smelled bad for four months, all because a rat was trying to get warm and dry.
Wet weather is forcing rodents to seek higher ground, and in many cases that means a mouse or a rat climbing into a car or truck's engine compartment. It appears to be a bigger problem in the cold and wet winter months than in the summer.
Mechanics said Fouch's plight is a common complaint. People notice their car isn't running right, and it turns out to be a rodent stuck in the engine. Mechanics at San Diego Truck Stop said rat damage is prompting more customers than usual to visit the shop lately.
It's a problem that many people don't know about until too late. Fouch said he didn't know the rodent was there until he turned on his engine.