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Angry Rats! power steering + alternator down

What started off as a normal winter morning turned out to be pretty messed up (literally):

Went and unplugged block heater (not in Vancouver no more btw), started the engine, idled for 20 seconds and backed out of the driveway. 10 seconds later, loud screech and steering went heavy.

Sh*t, belt broke, must be the cold weather. Drove back to the house, shut the engine off and opened the hood. WHOA! blood, fur, and guts everywhere! Near the bottom of the engine bay was a big fat rat.

So, after 5 minutes of hosing off the engine bay (at 10 below freezing), I took out the serpentine belt, and surprisingly, it was still in perfect condition. The rat simply got caught in the pulley and poped the belt off (and cut himself a big hole on the stomach).

Drove to work like that, with no heater and headlights (didn't want towear down the batt). Our cars are no fun without p/s btw. But man, the design of the engine bay sucks! Took me 1.5 hrs to get the belt back on. Had to take off the front brace and use a zillion extensions and flex joints.


Lesson learned: if using a block heater, check engine bay before starting! The warm bay attracts a lot of little visitors.

btw, pretty sad for the rat. Who knows, maybe he fought with the wife and she kicked him out of the bed for the night... Now she's gonna regrette it

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Eeewwww.... nasty way to go!

That story was, in a disturbing kind of way, very amusing.

Now for MY amusing (ok, disturbing) dead animal story.

One of my friends used to work at Avis Lube in the summer. One day an old lady came in with one of those HUGE 1970s Lincoln Town Cars for an oil change. Simple right?

Heck no! About 30 seconds after she came in a HORRIBLE smell filled the garage and the guy in the pit almost spewed! Good thing my friend was up above.... The words said were something like "What the hell is that smell?!?!?! GET IT OUT OF THE BAY!"

So you wanna know what the smell was?

How about a DEAD CAT between the front grille and the radiator!
The cat had been there for several days and was in a bad state of decomposition..... YECH!

Cost for oil change: $25
dead cat removal: PRICELESS!

Sorry for the hijack, but I had to!

I have more dead animal stories that involve cars if you would like, most involve me or my dad tagging them with either my Intrepid or his Caravan (the van stories are more funny).

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Wow, that's even crazier! Even worse death for the cat - burned to death, slowly.

BTW, I later read that a lot of Chrysler vehicles have serpentines that easily pop off, most the time from snow and ice.

I've seen a pic somewhere of a snake in Australlia getting caught in the serpentines of an Acura, pretty bad mess...
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She claimed that she had hit "something" at night, I hope for the cat's sake that it was the cat. They said it was theoretically possible for it to get thrown up in there it it was hit, who knows.
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