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Old 24.08.2009, 15:15
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Could it be a marder [marten] attack?

This morning my car wouldn't start.

Now, it's a Honda, only 5 years old, very reliable, never had a single thing go wrong with it. I haven't done any daft thing like left the lights on or anything (I checked!) and it was running perfectly on Saturday, parked it at home on Sunday, Monday morning and the electric is totally broke - couldn't even unlock it with the remote locking. Key in the ignition and not even a choke on turning it.

So, really I was wondering if it could be these mysterious Marder that you hear about nibbling car cables? Is it really that common? Or is this an urban myth and they don't really do that.

I will of course get someone out to look at the car but just wondered if anyone had any experiences like this?

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Old 24.08.2009, 15:16
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

No, never heard of it. Though I was informed when I bought my car insurance with Zurich, that a Marder attack cover was included - did wonder what a Marder is, and why would they attack a harmless car
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Old 24.08.2009, 15:22
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This morning my car wouldn't start.

Now, it's a Honda, only 5 years old, very reliable, never had a single thing go wrong with it. I haven't done any daft thing like left the lights on or anything (I checked!) and it was running perfectly on Saturday, parked it at home on Sunday, Monday morning and the electric is totally broke - couldn't even unlock it with the remote locking. Key in the ignition and not even a choke on turning it.

So, really I was wondering if it could be these mysterious Marder that you hear about nibbling car cables? Is it really that common? Or is this an urban myth and they don't really do that.

I will of course get someone out to look at the car but just wondered if anyone had any experiences like this?

Thanks
Lisa
Sounds like Marder attack, it is common, specially if you live close to the fields or forests.

However they tend to do this more during the cold weather seasons.

They are attracted to your car engine because is warmer than outside. They mark their territory with their smell, by sh!iting on your car, look for small and thin sh!t on your roof or engine.

When another Marder wants to take posession of your car, they want to remove the smell of the previous Marder, and then they bite and scratch it here and there.
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Old 24.08.2009, 15:29
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

I am sure you are aware that car batteries as well as the alternators do not live for ever. I think after 5 years it might be time for a new battery or a new alternator.
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Old 24.08.2009, 15:34
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

I thought this was a Taggart related joke so I will be off
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Old 24.08.2009, 15:41
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

Marder fockers!

I've seen many of these hanging around my car looking all sweet and innocent when in reality they are little sods!!!

I don't believe there is anything you can do to prevent them or deter them.
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Old 24.08.2009, 15:41
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

Happened to us once years ago. Easiest thing is to check your cables for damage.
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Old 24.08.2009, 15:45
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I thought this was a Taggart related joke so I will be off
Exactly the same here.... as in "There's been a Marder"
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Old 24.08.2009, 15:46
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

I don't think it is the battery - I would have expected a gradual decline rather than an overnight stop for something like that.... unless I had left the lights on (which I didn't) - and even then I would expect a chug at least - this is really like there is just nothing - like a broken connection....

I guess it could just be a loose connection or a fuse - but the fact the problem occurred overnight when it was running fine the day before. Well - I don't know. I'm no mechanic for sure!

No signs of creatures around my car that I'm aware of, cats yes, funny weaselly creatures - not seen any - but then apparently you don't see them - but I do park daily outside and we do live near forests and fields.

It's a bugger if it is a Marder though as that is specifically excluded in my insurance! Doh!

Would a small creature nibbling through the ignition cable fit with my description though??!

[sigh] I guess I just have to wait for the repair guy.
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Old 24.08.2009, 16:10
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

I think it might be your battery. It suddenly goes without warning. I drove one day to Alsace and everything was fine. Never had a problem. I stopped at a gas station to ask directions and the car would not start. Lucky for me a dealer was close by. Phoned and they came over with a battery and since then no problems.
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

Down here they’re called fouines which, I think, is a weasel. They certainly like to get into the engine compartment and chew through cables.

You can get an antimarder spray. I found some at a Jumbo store.

Note to anyone looking for car insurance, you can get a policy that covers this damage without loss of your bonus.

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Old 24.08.2009, 16:33
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

Its a Honda, you cant really expect them to last longer than 5 years. can you ?? but seriously though The marders are not really mysterious, they are just very shy... but they do like the flavour of the cables especially the yellow ones...



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This morning my car wouldn't start.

Now, it's a Honda, only 5 years old, very reliable, never had a single thing go wrong with it. I haven't done any daft thing like left the lights on or anything (I checked!) and it was running perfectly on Saturday, parked it at home on Sunday, Monday morning and the electric is totally broke - couldn't even unlock it with the remote locking. Key in the ignition and not even a choke on turning it.

So, really I was wondering if it could be these mysterious Marder that you hear about nibbling car cables? Is it really that common? Or is this an urban myth and they don't really do that.

I will of course get someone out to look at the car but just wondered if anyone had any experiences like this?

Thanks
Lisa
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Old 24.08.2009, 18:04
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

can't help with the car...but there are definitely weasels/stoats about - I was sitting in the car chatting to my friend at around midnight, and one came along under the other cars, jumped up on the bonnet of our car and looked me straight in the eye...then went across to the other side of the bonnet, looked my friend in the eye too and them jumped off and ran away...it was a pretty cute-looking creature too...we're pretty close to the forest, edge of zurich...
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Old 24.08.2009, 19:53
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Re: Could it be a marder attack?

Did you try to jump it? If it jumps and starts, then the wiring is fine.

Batteries do sometimes suddenly give up the ghost.

Sometimes a headlight relay can get stuck which will drain a battery overnight for sure.

If you do jump it, be sure to let it charge up a bit off the donor car before you jit the ignition.
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Re: Could it be a marder [marten] attack?

Ask your neighbors. If they had problems, too, then martens had a chew. They like certain car brands that have tastier rubber.
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Re: Could it be a marder [marten] attack?

My bet would be your battery. It's not that uncommon for a battery to fail without previous warning signs. That would be my first port of call.
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Old 24.08.2009, 23:46
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Re: Could it be a marder [marten] attack?

Well, I have now, thanks to a very helpful neighbour who saw me with the bonnet up, diagnosed my car problem.

I do have small creatures messing with my car, but apparently they have 2 legs and are not at all furry.

In fact they are otherwise known as *MY [insert swear word] CHILDREN*. The little darlings left the interior light on unbeknown to me and this has drained my battery. She noticed my light on in my car on Saturday when she came home at midnight, and then again on Sunday, when she very helpfully rang the bell to tell us - but we were out.

so no Marder here - at least not in the Marten/weasel sense - perhaps there may be some "marder" in the sense of Taggart version of "murder" when it comes to the kids tomorrow.

After a jump start and a ride round town for a while it seems to be cured.

Phew anway!

Thanks everyone for your help
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