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Old 12-07-2015
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'04 Used as birds nest during cold nights, Now wires are cut

Yesterday I was having problems while driving. I turned into an Autozone and their diagnostics said it was Spark Plugs and Ignition Coil. Ok, it was about time to get those changed so I bought both of them and planned to change them out today. Today I popped the hood only to find a birds nest sitting on top of the engine....Its been cold here and I guess I hadnt driven in 3 or 4 days....Anyway, after cleaning up the nest I saw one wired had been badly frayed and another wire had been completely cut in two. After looking around the forum I feel like I know what to do but it also looks like its a completely new Wiring Harness that I need to purchase and put in. That's a little more than I'd like to spend right before the holidays.

Question: Is this repair a fully new Wiring Harness or is there a cheaper route, where the end result will hold up and be just as good as almost-kinda-maybe-new?

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Conner, That's an easy repair. Just get wire of the same size and piece and solder it and you should be as good as new. Herb
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Conner, That's an easy repair. Just get wire of the same size and piece and solder it and you should be as good as new. Herb
Soldering? That might be out of my wheel house. I don't own a soldering kit nor have I ever soldered anything. Things that need a wrench and/or time I can totally do. I would actually do it but I don't know if this is what I want to be practicing my soldering skills on.

Thanks for the info/help.
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Old 12-08-2015
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What you have there is a rat problem...Not birds.

If that is the limit of your problems, youtube "how to solder wiring" Get a cheap soldering iron, a roll of rosin core solder, heat shrink tubing of correct size, wire cutters/strippers, and similar gauge stranded wire. Do a couple practice runs with some scrap wire and have fun with your new found skill.
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Definitely go the soldering route. It's a simple skill to learn that is very useful and inexpensive to do.
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Old 12-10-2015
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Definately solder it up. You can get everything you need (I believe) from harbor freight.
Also, as far as solder goes, go for 60/40 rosin core solder, ensuring it's electrical. That flows really nicely into wire.
Also, I'd recommend heatshrink tubing for covering your repairs. Electrical tape works too, however.
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