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Squirrel blamed for car engine stuffed with nuts

A UK mechanic found hundreds of nuts clogging the engine of a client's Honda Civic.
A UK mechanic found that his client's Honda Civic's engine was full of nuts. (David Evans/CP Images)

For UK mechanic David Evans it was definitely not a hard nut to crack. A client called his shop in Poole Keynes complaining that her Honda Civic wouldn't accelerate past 60 km/h. When he popped the hood and removed the air filter he found the engine was full of nuts.

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'"We brought her the bag of nuts and told her, 'This is the problem with your car.' She was gobsmacked." 
Mechanic David Evans hold the bag of nuts he found in the car's engine. (David Evans)

Evans says the driver recognized the nuts. They were the same ones she was leaving out for animals in her back garden. He tells As It Happens host Carol Off it wasn't hard to figure out what had happened from there.

"I think it was a squirrel who was taking them off the bird table, coming 'round to the front of the house, getting into the garage and climbing up into the engine bay and making its way into the air filter."

Mechanic David Evans found nuts hidden throughout the engine of the Honda Civic. (David Evans)

Evans used a vacuum at his shop to suck the nuts out of the engine. He ended up filling a grocery bag with the squirrel's quarry.

Evans says this Honda Civic was a first. "I've seen like little nests under there or signs of where a mouse has been chewing but I've never once seen anything like that inside the actual air filter." 

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