Mechanics find bee colony in engine

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Alf James always took care of his 11-year-old Peugeot 106, so he was surprised when the car wouldn't pass the British emissions inspection. Unable to diagnose the problem, the inspectors sent it off to another shop where James was even more surprised to discover that a bees had implanted honeycombs in his engine.


Pushy bees are a problem in Lancashire, where James keeps his Peugeot parked, but he'd never expected the creatures to completely take over his engine. We'll let the mechanic explain the amount of work the bees had to go through to setup shop in the inlet ports of two of the car's cylinders.

"When we started to investigate, there were no bees present in the car so we certainly weren't expecting to find bees honeycomb. It was amazing that the car was still running, as the rock solid honey comb was completely blocking two of the four cylinder head inlet ports. Upon further investigation it was found that the bees must have flown into the garage, then under the car's bonnet, through a gap in the air filter housing, along the air inlet pipe, past the throttle valve, into the inlet manifold and then started to build their nest in the cylinder head inlet port! It's quite extraordinary."

The bees had already moved on to another nest, probably preferring a proper British car like an MG to invade.


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