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Spiders leg it with screening technology

11:06 15 September 2015

Ford is using anti-spider technology to stop one species getting into Focus RS engines.

Ford is using anti-spider technology to stop one species getting into Focus RS engines.

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A species of spider which is making its home in fuel vapour lines has forced Ford is to fit some of its cars with anti-arachnid technology.

The North American Yellow Sac spider loves the smell of fuel and likes to weave webs inside the engine’s workings, with potentially damaging consequences, says Ford.

This species of spider weaves webs so dense they can block the vapour lines, causing huge problems for various mechanical components and leading to frightening repair bills.

New Focus RS models headed for the North American market will have a specially-developed plastic screen to stop the spiders getting in.

Thankfully for British arachnophobes, the North American Yellow Sac spider doesn’t live in Europe, so Focus RS models on these shores won’t have the plastic add-on.

Toyota and Mazda have had to recall cars because of spider problems. Fuel lines and even airbag systems have been found to be vulnerable to eight-legged hitch-hikers.

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