A while back a car was in the garage for an MOT and a Service. When it was driven in to the workshop the guys started making noises about the smell coming from the car.
“Whimps” I thought, “Just get on with the job and stop moaning!”
But then tucked away in my back office, here at Field’s, the ‘smell’ started to permeate into my domain. “What is that smell?” It was the most foul odour – ‘had the car come off a farmyard?’
The smell seemed to reach every part of the garage and soon every one was protesting. Keith, our MOT tester, managed to do the test without passing out. Then Graeme, our old hand here, offered to service it, but first he was determined to work out ‘where that smell was coming from!’
Much to our amazement the customer had made no mention. Now some of us here have been working around cars for decades, we should have realised straight away. Graeme soon rooted out the culprits…
- The final clear out!
- The stash
- Little mouse hiding
- Looking for an escape route
Mice – a whole family of them! They had nested in the panel below the windscreen, bedding and a winters food supply (stolen dog food)! They were there for the long haul! It turned out that the car had been ‘laid up’ and had been driven to us to be put back on the road.
We had to do something to get them out though.
Not an easy task as they were scurrying around all over the ‘under bonnet’ area and the dash. Mice can do no end of damage. I have had them in my garage at times and seen what they can do. In making a nest they can create havoc. We had a snooker table, ruined, where they had made holes in the green cloth and were nesting in the pockets!
In cars they will nest behind the dash, in the heater ducts and we even found one in the heater fan once. Some interior fans look like a hamster wheel. Think they soon found out it wasn’t! Mice will chew through the wiring, which can cause major headaches as often you just can’t see the damage. With modern electrics on cars, this is no small thing. Back to our family of mice, we sadly had to evict them from their home.
Not at all easy to do, with some very intensive cleaning the car was soon smell free. These are very cute fellas, but boy do they cause problems!
Safe Motoring this weekend