Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Not for the Faint of Heart

If you are easily grossed out STOP READING THIS RIGHT NOW. If you are eating, you probably should come back to this too. This is really truly gross and gives me the creeps every time I think of it. Why am I sharing? Misery loves company.

So on Thursday we are driving our beloved PT Cruiser to work. We don't get to drive the little guy much, as the three kids pretty much have to be pried into the back seat. But we were driving it that day. As we went through the tunnel we take on the way to work we started to hear a funny noise in the A/C. When we came out of the tunnel there was a distinctive thudding noise. We thought, oh great, stopped using the A/C and figured we'd call the mechanic. Didn't use the A/C again that day and promptly forgot about it as we went back to driving the van.

On Saturday I took the car out for a quick trip to the store, turned on the A/C before remembering and got a yucky odor. Sadly, a familiar yucky odor -- dead animal. Got the car home, mentioned it to DH, and forgot about it again. It was probably 95 degrees on Sunday.

Monday I call the mechanic and we drop off the car Monday night. They call yesterday with the verdict. Dead mouse in the fan. Easy $85 fix. Here's the gross part (as if a dead mouse weren't bad enough). Due to the excessive heat there were now maggots and bugs all throughout the ventilation of the car and in the car. Say it with me, EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Mechanic dealt with the broken fan and left instructions on how to deal with the rest. DH is a saint and was the one to drive the car home from the shop. Last night it was too dark and late to deal with. Tonight we will use gloves to dispose of everything in the car, and then set off a bug bomb. We also have to open the hood, and where they have no covered the fan with a screen, spray it with high powered bug spray. Then we need to go into the car and turn on the AC to circulate said stuff throughout the system.

Needless to say it may be a week or more until we drive the little guy again. My friend at work said she would just sell the car.



Stephanie said...

EEEWWWW! And considering your DH's "love" for bugs, I am impressed!

Mordermi said...

It was dark, I didn't see anything moving, and nothing crawled on me.

It is amazing what one can do when a thing must be done.

My Minivan Is Faster Than Yours said...

I don't know what is the matter with me but I was sitting her laughing out loud reading this post (but of course it was an empathetic laugh, you just had a funny way of telling the story)!

Your husband rocks for driving that car home :).