Note from the field: uninvited guests

Spiders and snakes, squirrels and cats, and of course the common field mouse, sometimes our vehicles become the unintended habitat for wildlife. MACS member Gary Malanga, training Manager for STS Tire and Auto headquartered in New Jersey shared with us some photos of his uninvited guests. Gary explains, “These pictures were taken back in 2006.  I had an old 1986 Chevy K-30 pickup truck that I used to plow my driveway. The truck would sit in the yard at times for several months without being started. Every year after thanksgiving I would get the truck ready for the snow season.  One day, as I opened the hood and saw the straw coming out of the air cleaner snorkel I knew what it was.”

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

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The 32nd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Convention and Trade Show will take place January 18-20, 2012 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.


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Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues.
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2 Responses to Note from the field: uninvited guests

  1. This fall, I went to start my leaf blower. On the first pull, a wad of grass and a mouse shot out of the barrel like a cannon-ball circus act. Poof! Little guy flew 20 feet into the branches of a cedar tree.

    That story may be a little off topic, but it’s far more pleasant than the one about the raccoon who found a warm spot under the hood of a buddy’s Nissan…

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