If you own a car, here is some simple advice: look under the hood every once in a while.
Why? Well there are a few reasons. First, you’ll want to be able to see if everything’s running smoothly but you’ll also want to see if there’s anything under there that shouldn’t be.
This includes stuff like leaves, mud, and sometimes even wild animals. You could even wind up in a situation like Kellen Moore of Gaylord, Michigan, who found not just one or two things under his hood but hundreds.
When Kellen Moore popped the hood of his car, he discovered a 50-pound stash of pinecones inside.
On May 11, Moore made his way over to the Iron Pig Smokehouse for work. He had noticed an odd noise coming from the air conditioner on the way over, so he checked under the hood to see what was going on before starting his shift. That’s when he saw something shocking—50 pounds of pinecones!
Upon seeing this, Moore was flabbergasted. He took some Snapchat videos to show his friends what had happened then went into work. His friend and co-worker Gabe Awrey noticed that Moore was upset and asked him what was up.
“Being the good friends that we are he asked me if I had received some Snapchat videos that he had just sent me,” Awrey told M Live. “They didn’t come through, so he pulled up the video on his phone.
“I was instantly in disbelief, saying something along the lines of ‘When was this? A few weeks ago?'”
Moore replied that the videos were from far more recently and the two went outside to the parking lot. He gave Awrey a peek under the hood. Awrey now understood why Moore was as shocked as he was.
Regardless, they knew that the problem wasn’t going to go away on its own, so the two cleaned out the engine bay together.
It took 45 minutes to clean out the engine bay. They suspected that this was all a squirrel’s work.
All told, it took around 45 minutes for the two of them to remove as many pinecones as they could. There were a lot more than you’d be able to tell at first glance, and a few of them were in hard to reach places.
“Literally every free space in that engine bay was FILLED,” Awry commented on a Facebook post. “The heat from the engine opened all of these bad boys up too, making them lodged in some places.”
They didn’t manage to get every single one out.
“There’s still some stuck in the bumpers in the inside [of] the wheel wells,” Awrey said, according to The Dodo.
Moore had bought the Dodge Journey just a few weeks prior and there were no pinecones under the hood at the time. While nobody can say for sure who stashed the pinecones under there, Moore and Awry are relatively confident it was a squirrel.
“I’m going to strangle that squirrel with my bare hands,” Moore joked in a Facebook comment.
After the car was cleaned up, it ran perfectly fine. Still, this experience has taught Moore an important lesson: check under your hood often!