Mazda Has A Case Of Arachnophobia

MisfitWisdom's infrared miniature camera caught a photo of this spider inside of a Mazda engine

Gives me the chills just writing about this.  I’m not crazy about spiders in the first, place and having the possibility of one of them crawling around in my car would freak me out.

But, that’s just what’s happening in some Mazda 2009 and 2010 sedans.  Giving Mazda a case of arachnophobia big time.

I’ve really gotta stop watching those old horror movies with giant crawling ants and especially that one with the really big snake that eventually eats Jon Voight in Anaconda. I haven’t been able to look at an earthworm the same in my backyard anymore without getting the willies.

The Mazda people so far have recalled 65,916 sedans because the vent line is being clogged up by little sac tiny spiders that are attracted to the smell of gasoline.  (they carry those tiny sacs, filled with food, for the long trip up from the tailpipe to the car’s engine)

“A certain kind of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister (?) vent line and this may cause a restriction in the line.” So says an official from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  And they should know because all they do is make sure there’s safety in traffic administrations or something like that.

They go on further to state that this spider problem could prevent vapors from escaping the fuel tank, “eventually resulting in a crack potentially leading to fuel leakage and an increased risk of fire.”

Geez…..all this from a freakin’ tiny spider!  So much for the itsy bitsy spider crawled up the waterspout. More like, the itsy bitsy spider crawled up the Mazda fuel line tank.  Somehow that just doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it as in the children’s nursery rhyme.

Not to panic Mazda owners.  A solution!  You simply take your spider infested car to your local Mazda dealer where they will install a special valve designed to “prohibit spider incursion.”

I believe it’s called a “fly valve” which consists of installing several garden variety houseflies, which can be found just about anywhere one is eating food, and scoffing them up into a container, transporting them to the Mazda repair shop, at which time they will inject them into your fuel line, thereby eliminating the spider by trapping them in……um…..wait a minute…….

Oops…..according to the Mazda tech guys, they got it wrong.  The spider, it turns out, trapped the flys in its web inside of the fuel evaporative canister which now causes a fluttering sound in Mazda engines.  How could they have gotten that so backwards. Anyone knows spiders eat flys.

Not to fear. A new solution by Mazda.  They have now imported a special type frog with a very long tongue, which, when inserted into the car’s fuel line, or tailpipe, sucks out both the spiders and the flys.

Oh my….what a tangled web we weave when we first attempt to seek relief.  Yeah, I know that’s not how it goes, but bear with me here….it’s the best I could do without bringing more creatures into the mix.

So, if you’re one of the 65,916 Mazda owners who have this problem and aren’t sure if your car is infected with this problem, simply get on your knees and stick your face up the tailpipe of your car and see if there are spider webs anywhere. Or dead flys. If there is, you definitely have a problem.

If by chance you happen to spot a pair of eyes staring back at you from inside of the tailpipe, run like hell….it may be an anaconda.

Speaking of tailpipes….jsut thought of this old joke….just to end this blog with.

Did ya hear about the mentally deficient terrorist that burnt his lips on the tailpipe of a car………………….

He was attempting to blow it up.


Copyright 2011 MisfitWisdom RLV


About misfit120

Former disc jockey, (Dick Jones) 30 years, and author of, "I Could Have Been Famous But Sex, Love & Life Got In The Way" available at books, & Kindle, "The Covert Chamber" a mystery novel available at and Barnes & Noble, and "Forgotten" the story of two WWI pilots who were forgotten for over 70 years available on and Kindle
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