Watch Out For Those Plastic Bags!
Here’s a little car advice that may be hard to take serious, but trust me, this is no urban myth. One of our customers brought in his Audi A4 1.8t because he was hearing metallic grinding noise coming from under his car. It didn’t take too long to figure out that the transmission was bad, but as for the reason why, well, that’s where it gets interesting… About a week earlier, he ran over a plastic grocery bag. By now, everyone in the world knows exactly what kind of grocery bag I’m talking about because they’re everywhere they shouldn’t be. They’re floating down the Platte river, flying through the air, and I think they grow on trees because there’s ten of them on the tree in my front yard.
Our customer didn’t think twice about hitting the plastic bag, and who could blame him? They’re a nuisance and an eyesore, so if you can take one out, the better off this planet would be. That would not be the end for this plastic bag in particular, and it seems it exacted it’s revenge on the car that ran it down. When we lifted the car, we could see that the bag had wrapped around the inner cv axle, pushing in the drive axle seal so that all the fluid poured out of the transmission. Lack of lubrication caused the transmission to sieze up and ruined the transmission completely. We were able to find a good used transmission for the customer and we had the car up and running in record time. This was the first time we had ever seen this happen, and hopefully the last. Just watch out for those plastic bags!