# Posted: 8 Jan 2019 12:34
Sorry to hear of your in-law's passing. My condolences to your wife and you.
I can't help with your question but if I may, will offer some unsolicited advice.
The advice is basically to get the tractor into a vermin proof building/structure as soon as possible. Of course this is assuming there are a lot of mice, rats (probably pack rats or Norwegian rats) or squirrels on your ground. If there are vermin, it is only a matter of time before they get into the tractor and do considerable damage. After fighting them for two + years, I gave up and put my tractor in a shipping container.
To share my experience, when I got my tractor (a used John Deere 990 with only 108 hours on it) I parked it outside because I didn't have any structure to put it in. It took several months but once the vermin found it, the fight was on. I tried dryer sheets and other repellants. I left the engine cover open. I baited heavily. I repaired damage frequently only to have them destroy the fix.
Eventually they won and the tractor wouldn't start. The estimate to repair all the damage was $3,500 but the dealer could get it running for $100.
I had them get it running and before they delivered it back to me, I laid a pad of gravel and had a once used 20' shipping container delivered. All of that cost me a little over $3,000. Because the container has no significant dents (apparently they can get pretty beat up in shipping.) the vermin haven't been able to get into it. No more dryer sheets, open hoods, baiting, making repairs to get it to start. Eventually, I will replaced all the damaged wiring, hoses and plastic bits but it runs reliably now. Hope this helps.