As today’s cars become more automated they require numerous sensors located around the vehicle. I assume the sensors are connected by wires to various controlling modules, and safe operation requires a steady stream of data from the sensors. What happens if an input is interrupted without warning as nearly happened to me when a wire from traction control was hanging on by a single strand after being nearly chewed off by a critter. Also my 4 wheel drive failed due to chewed wire.
Like many vehicle owners, I have a vehicle that is parked outside. And like many owners, I have continuous trouble with critters chewing on the wires. (The manufacturers don’t seem to care about this because the damage isn’t covered under the warranty).
I know a broken wire will throw a warning light and code, but what about one that hasn’t quite severed and separates while driving?
I guess my question is: - as manufacturers add more automated inputs, is the likelihood of failure increased by the additional opportunities for critters to cause problems?