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I put mothballs underneath my car, a few under the hood and a few inside the truck to keep the mice away during the winter storage. Do any of you place any mothballs inside your vehicle. It seems to me the odor would permeate throughout the vehicle and leave a strong odor behind once they are removed in the spring.
 

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I do put them in my challenger. Always have. Consider having your cockpit wiring replaced or a few weeks of mothball smell. I place them in the trunk also. A lot of chipmunks, squirrels and mice where I live. I live in a park. A few drives with the windows down rids the mothball smell of your car.
 
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Mothballs work. I dump entire boxes of them in the boat in various places. Hidden areas, cabinets, the bilge, engine bays, transom cavity, you get the idea. NO rodents...EVER! Smell is gone after the first day on the water. An open box on each floor of the Challenger will keep them out of the heater box and cabin filter area. Also put an open box in the trunk.

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We have packrats here and apparently moth balls do not deter them. I have seen many cars inflicted with major damage from packrats even with moth balls placed in and around them.
 

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Have a few styrofoam cups filled with moth balls under the hood and on top of the tires. I also place dryer sheets inside the cockpit and trunk. Also clip some dryer sheets onto the exhaust tips to keep micr out. Lastly I have one of those "sonic" rodent replent devices that plug into an electrical socket in the garage. Not sure if these tricks actually work or not but Since I've been doing this never found any mouse evidence in the Challenger or Monte Carlo.
 
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My car is stored in the garage for the winter, should I still use the mothballs and dryer sheets? If so where would I place them to be specific. This is my first winter storage.
 

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Dryer sheets work just as well.........and smell better too!!!
 

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Thanks everyone for the input, I know the dryer sheets work well too. I was just wondering if anyone used the mothballs inside the vehicle and if so did they have a lingering mothball odor afterward. I hate the smell and would hate to see it embed itself into upholstery.
 
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Mothballs work. I dump entire boxes of them in the boat in various places. Hidden areas, cabinets, the bilge, engine bays, transom cavity, you get the idea. NO rodents...EVER! Smell is gone after the first day on the water. An open box on each floor of the Challenger will keep them out of the heater box and cabin filter area. Also put an open box in the trunk.

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What kind of boat?
 
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It's a Hinkley 34' Runabout. 2002 vintage. Right now, it is at the yard getting new engines. The DD-671's are coming out because they are gas pigs, and Yanmar 320 HP diesels are going in. They will use half the fuel of the Detroit Diesel 2 strokes. The drives are Hamilton Water jets. The Hinkley's have been built in Maine for as long as they've been in business. The engines are so worn out they are scrap but I am going to salvage the blowers so they can be converted to belt drives and end up on a couple of hot rods. The 671 blower is the most popular blower in the world. Since I'm on the subject, the company, BDS (Blower Drive Service) got its start this way. Converting diesel blowers with gear drives into a modified drive unit to use a belt. The DD is not supercharged. Many make this mistake. The blower is there to force air into the engine because it is a 2 stroke with exhaust valves at the top of the cylinders. At Bottom dead center, the piston exposes a slot in the side of the cylinder where the air blows in. This is also when the exhaust valves in the top of the cylinder are open. The pressure they create is less than 3 PSI. These engines have gone the way of the Dodo bird because they pollute too much. Everything is 4 stroke now.

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My car is stored in the garage for the winter, should I still use the mothballs and dryer sheets? If so where would I place them to be specific. This is my first winter storage.
If you have a SUPER tight garage, then maybe you will be okay. Mice can squeeze in the tiniest of spots. I use mouse protection in my garage.
 

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