The Number of Nuts Stuffed Into This Nissan Murano's Engine Bay Is Astonishing

All photos by Mike Thomson
All photos by Mike Thomson

A Nissan Murano recently rolled into Mike Thomson’s shop at a Nissan dealership in Ontario, Canada because of a check engine light. Upon popping the hood, Thomson and his team discovered hundreds of nuts stashed in every nook and cranny of the engine bay.

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Apparently this kind of thing happens fairly often in Thomson’s neck of the woods in southern Ontario. He sent me this photo of a possum he and his team found last year:

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But this year’s surprise is much more voluminous. It’s literally hundreds of what appear to be walnuts hidden in even the tightest crevices.

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And by “tightest crevices,” I’m not exaggerating. How the heck did this critter get two nuts inside the fender?

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Oh, well, here’s the answer: The rodent (probably a squirrel or chipmunk) just chewed through the insulation between the fender and the engine bay, and filled the thing with tasty food:

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The nut-hoarder was apparently quite fond of this cloth, because just look at what the critter did to the hood insulation:

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The car came into the shop because of a malfunction indicator light on the dash, and now Thomson says it won’t start. He’s certain that the vehicle will have some wiring damage, and looking at the image below of all the chewed up insulation and nuts near the wires by the ABS pump, I’m inlined to agree.

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Thomson says his team will dig into it in a few days. It’ll be interesting to see what they find.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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This story misses the most important part, though: what code was the car throwing?