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Friday, March 4, 2011

Spider Trouble

 The zaniest new car recall I’ve ever read about involves 67,000 new Mazdas Tangled Web. Yellow sac spiders for some unknown reason love to build nests in Mazda 6 four cylinder model cars’ evaporative canister vents, thereby potentially causing a fuel leak with fire hazard. An Evap canister simply absorbs fumes from tank and engine. If venting gets plugged up there can be a wide range of problems. Mazda must be overjoyed at this goofy happening. Their repair will probably be protested by some animal rights group claiming it’s violating spider rights. :)


raine said...

Well geez--are we sure this isn't some kind of terrorist plot? Little Mazdas going poof all over America? Should they be strip-searched and fondled at every toll booth? ;)

Charles Gramlich said...

I see a horror movie in the making. At least it would be more original than most of the crap hollyweird is offering these days.

BernardL said...

Ssssshhhhh... Raine, don't give the MIB's any ideas. I remember there are a lot of turnpikes and tollbooths in Ohio. :)

ArachnoMazda, Charles? :)

whydibuy said...

Exactly who noticed this pattern?

It doesn't seem to me to be something anyone, mechanic or otherwise would bother to record. I mean, do you document every time you find some bug somewhere in the car?

It may be more a sign of growth in that species of spider for some unknown reason. Or maybe in a certain area. Too many unknowns to determine a cause.

BernardL said...

I didn't write the article, Whydibuy. I commented on it because I'd never heard of anything like it. As to how Mazda came to do the recall, if you've read the article I linked it states they had actual cases where they pinpointed the spider blockage. Sometimes real is stranger than fiction. :)