How green was my car!

This one's for the books.

I'm getting ready to sell a car that's been sitting in my yard and has not run for years. Even though I'm selling it "AS-IS," I thought that if I could get it running it would be easier to sell, so a few days ago I began by charging up the battery. The battery is too old and run down to hold a charge for long, but charging it enables the car to start, which it did, with a huge cloud of smoke. After letting things warm up, I decided to turn on the various accessories, including the air conditioner and heater. These are driven by the same blower fan, which is underneath the dash/glove compartment area, and when I first turned it on I heard some horrendous noises I can't begin to describe, but they sounded like squeals, chirps, and some thunking thudding sounds -- as if I had chopped up a colony of mice. Following this, the fan motor slowed down and started moaning and groaning (as if encountering heavy resistence), and it occurred to me that if I allowed it to keep doing that I'd burn it out, so I shut it off.

Today (three days later) I tried it again, and this time the motor would barely turn. Not only that, there was a strange, rotten smell coming out -- but not exactly the characteristic smell of dead mice. I thought it might just be burned out from sitting all that time, but as I didn't know, I figured that if I took it apart I might be able to fix it.

Dissecting the underside of the dashboard, I located the bolts that held the fan motor in place, and when I finally got it free, I saw that it was packed with the kind of stuffing that typifies rodent nests. Here's the fan with some of the stuffing I took out:

acmotor.jpg

Not quite convinced that mouse nesting material alone would account for all that noise and thunking, I craned my neck underneath the dash, and was astonished to see that the front portion of a recently mutilated, decomposing snake had fallen down as a result of removing the fan and was now dangling from inside of the fan blower compartment!

I've worked on a lot of cars, but I've never seen anything like this before, so I just had to take a picture:

acsnake.jpg

Apparently, the mice were living there first, and eventually the predatory snake had found its way in -- obviously to feast on the mice. And then when I turned on the fan, I literally cuisinarted the poor snake to death. I fished around in there and pulled out five pieces of the snake's body, as well as some mummified mouse remains, and as I did that, all kinds of mouse and snake droppings literally rained down all over my face.

Naturally, I feel very guilty, for I had let the car sit so long that it had ceased to be a car, and become an ecosystem.

And by cuisinarting the snake, I wreaked havoc with the ecosystem in my car, messed with the food chain, and disrupted the very balance of nature!

Please don't sic the enviro wackos on me!

posted by Eric on 06.21.08 at 08:02 PM










Comments

You're stuck with messin' with GAIA

dre   ·  June 21, 2008 9:41 PM

Betcha didn't feel any empathy for the snake, either. Nicely done, Mister Carbon Footprint.

Steve Skubinna   ·  June 21, 2008 11:04 PM

I have a 2000 Nissan Xterra that has a similar problem. I've cleaned the fan out, but I still have to pull the heat exchanger apart to clean out the crap the mice left in there. No AC till I get the job done. Thank G-d, I work at home...

Anonymous   ·  June 22, 2008 9:27 AM

I have a 2000 Nissan Xterra that has a similar problem. I've cleaned the fan out, but I still have to pull the heat exchanger apart to clean out the crap the mice left in there. No AC till I get the job done. Thank G-d, I work at home...

JimK   ·  June 22, 2008 9:28 AM

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