Having a car is a commitment to yourself. If you properly take care of it, you will keep yourself safe on the road.

But some people have serious trouble with maintaining their ride.

Luckily for them, cars are tough and know how to talk. They make noises and vibrations, and all kinds of complaints, telling their owners to get some help. All they have to do is listen.

A few months ago, we at Bored Panda published an article on the subreddit r/JustRolledIntoTheShop, a place where mechanics share photos of the craziest things they see on the job. Since then, the online community has continued to showcase the biggest surprises they find under the hood (or the trunk, or the fender, or...), so we figured we should put together an update on it. Enjoy!

#1

Not A Rolled In But More Of A Birth Into The Shop... Stray Left A Puddle Of Kittens Out In Our Side Yard A Year Ago. The Neighbour Took This One Home And The Boss Took Another

Not A Rolled In But More Of A Birth Into The Shop... Stray Left A Puddle Of Kittens Out In Our Side Yard A Year Ago. The Neighbour Took This One Home And The Boss Took Another

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Gabi
Community Member
1 year ago

I am a simple woman, I see cat, I hit like.

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Going to a mechanic to get your car fixed is one thing, but there's also something about being able to make at least basic repairs by yourself. It gives you pleasure, working with your hands. Not everyone's born a car-savvy genius, but we can always learn! Plus, not everyone has an uncle who's a handyman or a petrolhead grandad to teach us. Luckily, the Internet is always here to help when we need it the most.

Nick Gerhardt points out in an article on Family Handyman, that you should start off with the smallest things and work your way up. For instance, you can kick things off by replacing your wiper blades or your air filter. Then, maybe try replacing the bulbs.

#2

Just Saved This Lil Guy. I Had To Remove The Front End Of The Vehicle To Do It, But He Is Now Free And Alive And Well

Just Saved This Lil Guy. I Had To Remove The Front End Of The Vehicle To Do It, But He Is Now Free And Alive And Well

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Bored Batgirl
Community Member
1 year ago

How did this happen??

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Senior tech editor at Jalopnik and owner of far too many Jeeps, David Tracy, shares this sentiment. If you want a crash course in wrenching, he suggests you buy yourself a junker. According to Tracy, it is the single best way to learn to fix cars. Especially if you're young and/or don't have much money, because you’ll be forced to do your own repairs.

"Coming out of high school, I hadn't turned a single wrench. I hadn't changed my oil, I hadn't changed spark plugs," Tracy writes. "Heck, I hadn’t even changed my air filter. I was a total noob. But then I got to college and bought a 215,000 mile 1992 Jeep Cherokee — a total pile of junk."

#3

The Eyes After A 30 Mile Trip

The Eyes After A 30 Mile Trip

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor baby. It must be louder than heck in there.

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#4

Soooooo

Soooooo

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 year ago

Guess they never open the bonnet

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Tracy's Jeep had rust holes in the rocker panels, a huge exhaust leak, a bad fuel pump, a bad power steering line, brakes that would seize when it got slightly warm outside, filthy brown transmission fluid, and leaky gaskets everywhere. But he wasn't discouraged by it. Tracy was intrigued. And he didn't really have another option.

"It was my only car and I spent all my money on textbooks, so I had no choice but to learn to fix it myself. I also had no garage, so most of my wrenching was done in parking garages or on the street side."

#5

Customer Said All 4 Of Them Were Uninjured But We Can’t Say The Same About The Car

Customer Said All 4 Of Them Were Uninjured But We Can’t Say The Same About The Car

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Charity Surrell
Community Member
1 year ago

That's so good they made it out of there safely.

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#6

Customer Said Her Husband Patched The Tire But It Keeps Leaking Air

Customer Said Her Husband Patched The Tire But It Keeps Leaking Air

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Paul Werner
Community Member
1 year ago

He must not like his wife very much

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"With the help of some friends at a neighboring university, I learned the basics. They taught me to change plugs, replace my valve cover gasket, and change my oil. Just that little bit of guidance was all I needed to get the ball rolling," Tracy says.

That was the beginning of my love affair for wrenching. And now, with my new project, I’m learning quite a lot more. You can learn, too. Just go ahead and buy that Volkswagen Type III Squareback on Craigslist you’ve been salivating over.

#7

I Swear These Customers Do This On Purpose

I Swear These Customers Do This On Purpose

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Pixie
Community Member
1 year ago

Eeeeeeeeeek

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#8

Guess Somebody Has A Hard Time Remembering

Guess Somebody Has A Hard Time Remembering

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

This person must have experienced a few flat batteries in their life lol.

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#9

Well... Almost Pissed My Pants... Caught Off Guard

Well... Almost Pissed My Pants... Caught Off Guard

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm batman

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#10

Found A Friend

Found A Friend

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peter howard
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the energiser bunny!!!!

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If you do get your old VW Type III Squareback, you're gonna want to change the oil, go through the brakes, and do a basic tune-up. So go out and get some tools.

"The heart of any toolset is the socket set, so start there. My first set was a cheapo one from AutoZone. It worked okay for light-duty things, but then I had to take my bumper bolts off, and I ended up breaking ratchets and shearing extensions," Tracy explains. "You can get a pretty decent socket set from Wal-Mart for $60 or so."

#11

When You're Towing A Car Behind Your Rv, Remember To Put It In Neutral

When You're Towing A Car Behind Your Rv, Remember To Put It In Neutral

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a powerful Rv, didn't even feel the drag

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#12

Customer States Left Rear Tire Is Flat, Please Repair

Customer States Left Rear Tire Is Flat, Please Repair

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

For a second there, I thought I was looking at a crab claw.

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#13

Customer Says "Don't Worry, It's Friendly"

Customer Says "Don't Worry, It's Friendly"

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로희
Community Member
1 year ago

This customer must be a Hogwarts graduate.

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OK, let's say your car isn't that bad. Then what? Well, if your ride is (somewhat) decent and you just want to know how to change the brakes, YouTube has the answers.

"I can't tell you how many times I've gone to YouTube to learn how to fix something. In fact, I referenced a YouTube video to figure out how to pull the engine from my Jeep Cherokee," Tracy says.

#14

So, We've Got A New Regular Customer In The Shop Now Apparently

So, We've Got A New Regular Customer In The Shop Now Apparently

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Angela B
Community Member
1 year ago

He is great with nuts. Not so great with bolts, tyres, gaskets, oil changes, spark plugs, filters, batteries, coolant, fan belrs. Did I mention he is GREAT with nuts though?

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#15

My New Carpeting

My New Carpeting

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 year ago

That actually looks really fancy!

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#16

There's A Battery Terminal In There Somewhere

There's A Battery Terminal In There Somewhere

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 year ago

Watch "The Expanse" and you know this will end up badly.

Anton Sozonnyk
Community Member
1 year ago

oh no the protomolecule is now on earth!

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Kaisa
Community Member
1 year ago

But what a pretty color. Lets eat it.

Lazy Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Lol

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

Did Elsa install this?

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 year ago

I know nothing about chemistry, but when a battery which basically works with acids and ions starts creating such alien residue, it is probably wrong.

Catlady6000
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty much. I had a car that ate up batteries, even after we changed out the cables and put in a new battery and pads. I kept a twelve pack of Coca Cola in the car. A twelve ounce can bubbles this stuff right off. You can also liberally sprinkle baking soda and then pour water over it. Both methods will clean it off til you can get it corrected. I'd be surprised if this car was even able to start.

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Wonder Homie
Community Member
1 year ago

Diet coke

Gyro Pilot
Community Member
1 year ago

Or baking soda

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CharlMarx
Community Member
1 year ago

COOKIE!

Suzanne Slifer
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW These Folks Are On Extremely Way To Much Acid !!!

Catherine Richardson
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like a little creature.

Šimon Špaček
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm not an expert but I'm pretty sure this is not right.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 year ago

Time for some lemon juice! :D

Catlady6000
Community Member
1 year ago

Or A can of Coke. Or baking soda and water

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Paul Z.
Community Member
9 months ago

Sam pin Wong!

Bill Karp
Community Member
9 months ago

how'd that coral get in the, Submariner got some explaining to do.

Stephen Foley
Community Member
1 year ago

Copper Sulphate? Copper in connector and action of Sulphuric Acid?

Brie Sansotta
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, the PROTO molecule!

Happy Happy Gay Guy
Community Member
1 year ago

Pour Coca Cola on it.

backatya
Community Member
1 year ago

the battery clamp is saying someone help me. It's devouring me and I can't breath. Oh sorry I took Floyds line

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

It's growing!!!

Lisa Pockat Bork
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 year ago

What the heck--looks like s disintegrated dish washing pad!

23AClark
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh for the love Beethoven!!!

Elly Clifton
Community Member
1 year ago

yikes

Elizabeth Wilkins
Community Member
1 year ago

Eh, just pour a Coke on it.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 year ago

What is that?

PARIS ROYAL
Community Member
1 year ago

ew

MAKtheknife
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautifully corroded, however.

Cathy
Community Member
1 year ago

but such a pretty color!

Nicky Melville
Community Member
1 year ago

That would make a wonderful addition to any stir fry as I am quite convinced it is an edible type of fungus. It is one of the enotoloma hochstetteri family. ( NO ! Of course I'm not being serious, you fruit cake! )

Teucer T
Community Member
1 year ago

Every time someone asks me to give them a jump, I see this. This is far from the worst.

idkwhatsmyname
Community Member
1 year ago

this makes me squirm

Car addict
Community Member
1 year ago

KABOOM

Laura Stenger
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty!

Seabeast
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty, though.

CowboyHank
Community Member
1 year ago

Pour Coca Cola on it

Requiem
Community Member
1 year ago

thats far beyond working. even a little bit will make your battery not do its job

Easily Excitable Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

David Attenborough should be narrating this.

Flare
Community Member
1 year ago

*pukes*

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 year ago

is that a sponge

Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
Community Member
1 year ago

If I had a guess, I would say mold.

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 year ago

I just ran screaming. And would if I saw it in person. No no no no no no no.

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"There's such a wealth of wrenching knowledge on YouTube, it should be one of your first resources for information on how to fix your car."

That being said, be careful and use some judgment. Anybody can post stuff on YouTube, so if some guy uploads a video and cuts his brake lines and tells you it will get you better gas mileage because of the decreased brake drag, you might want to turn your brain on and think about that for a second.

#17

Customer Asked Me To Put Their Spare Tire On. Saw A Cement Atlas Ball In The Back. Those Things Are Solid Concrete And This Thing Weights Like 150lbs. I Said No Way. I'm Not Blowing Out My Back On A Job I'm Not Being Paid For

Customer Asked Me To Put Their Spare Tire On. Saw A Cement Atlas Ball In The Back. Those Things Are Solid Concrete And This Thing Weights Like 150lbs. I Said No Way. I'm Not Blowing Out My Back On A Job I'm Not Being Paid For

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Gergely Kiss
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks like a car part for the Flintstones.

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#18

Sister Just Bought A New Nintendo Switch. This Is Her Tire. Priorities

Sister Just Bought A New Nintendo Switch. This Is Her Tire. Priorities

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Death wish (shaking head)

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#19

How American

How American

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

I want my freedom!! How dare you strap me down!

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The next logical step would be to get a repair manual, a step-by-step guide on how to fix things. Get one. "You can get a Chilton or Haynes manual for about $25 at any car parts store, or, better yet, download or buy a hard copy of a factory service manual for your car. These books can save you tons of time and effort, especially when it comes to stuff like torque specs and fluid capacities," Tracy advises.

#20

When You Dispute The Bill And Tell The Other Mechanic To Just Put The Motor Back In The Car

When You Dispute The Bill And Tell The Other Mechanic To Just Put The Motor Back In The Car

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor mini

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#21

Customer Complains Of Fuel Smell. This Is Half Of The Gas Cans He Has In The Back

Customer Complains Of Fuel Smell. This Is Half Of The Gas Cans He Has In The Back

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

What is he planning on doing with all of those?

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#22

Expecting Snow And Ice Statewide Tomorrow. Cs “.. And Don’t Try To Sell Me New Tires - Don’t Need Them!”

Expecting Snow And Ice Statewide Tomorrow. Cs “.. And Don’t Try To Sell Me New Tires - Don’t Need Them!”

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Francesca Annoni
Community Member
1 year ago

In my country you'll be fined for tires like these...

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#23

Customer's Vehicle Has Been Overheating For The Past Month

Customer's Vehicle Has Been Overheating For The Past Month

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 year ago

Car with inbuilt caramel machine? I don't see a problem here.

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#24

Can’t Explain To The Elderly That They Don’t Need An Oil Change After 8mo/23 Miles

Can’t Explain To The Elderly That They Don’t Need An Oil Change After 8mo/23 Miles

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Iggy
Community Member
1 year ago

If it gives them peace of mind, though.

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#25

Who's Talking

Who's Talking

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Well, he was following Jesus very closely!

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#26

Just Rolled Into The Shop

Just Rolled Into The Shop

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 year ago

Ouch!

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#27

Inside Of The Smokers Cars From Earlier

Inside Of The Smokers Cars From Earlier

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

Take a good look at what the lungs have to put up with.

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#28

Grandpa Said "Just Pump The Tire Up"

Grandpa Said "Just Pump The Tire Up"

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Mili Del Rio
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg. I worked at a call center for years....these were the customers who call wishing death upon us when we had to tell them NO there is no warranty coverage.

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#29

My Dad Asked Me To Come Over And Give Him A Hand With His Vette. He Hands Me A Pair Of Gloves To Wear Around The Headers. Uh, No Thanks Dad

My Dad Asked Me To Come Over And Give Him A Hand With His Vette. He Hands Me A Pair Of Gloves To Wear Around The Headers. Uh, No Thanks Dad

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, I hope you bought dad new gloves. Those had some serious longevity, but it's definitely time to be done with them.

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#30

Customer Installed The Wrong Battery And Slammed The Hood Down. I’ve Seen It All Now

Customer Installed The Wrong Battery And Slammed The Hood Down. I’ve Seen It All Now

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

No, you haven't.

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#31

Anyone Else Hate These Kind Of Carseats? Scared The Hell Out Of Me

Anyone Else Hate These Kind Of Carseats? Scared The Hell Out Of Me

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Watching
Community Member
1 year ago

See above lol

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#32

When The Edible Starts Kicking In

When The Edible Starts Kicking In

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Elsker
Community Member
1 year ago

How does this happen!?

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#33

He Drove 700km Like This In Outback Aussie, Rims So Bent He Couldn’t Get The Nuts Off To Change Them

He Drove 700km Like This In Outback Aussie, Rims So Bent He Couldn’t Get The Nuts Off To Change Them

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder how the hell this happened?

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#34

Engine Swap That I Bought Off Of Facebook Marketplace... Turned Fine And Seemed To Have Good Compression There, But This Was Hiding Under The Valve Cover

Engine Swap That I Bought Off Of Facebook Marketplace... Turned Fine And Seemed To Have Good Compression There, But This Was Hiding Under The Valve Cover

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Tomas Holicka
Community Member
1 year ago

Flooded engine?

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#35

Paper, Rock, Scissors On This One

Paper, Rock, Scissors On This One

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe they just put that on there so people would social distance away from their car.

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#36

Pick Up Your Starfire Slicks From Your Local Pep Boys!

Pick Up Your Starfire Slicks From Your Local Pep Boys!

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like formula 1 tire

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#37

A Customer Came And Said "I Can Smell Something A Little Bit And There's Small Noise Front Right"

A Customer Came And Said "I Can Smell Something A Little Bit And There's Small Noise Front Right"

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Robert T
Community Member
1 year ago

It is unusual for a coil spring to snap in the middle like that - usually the ends sheer off - but when it happened to me I actually heard it go - and it was like a cartoon - it went "gadoioioioing!!!".

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#38

Northeast USA, It Seems Nobody Ever Buys Tires Anymore

Northeast USA, It Seems Nobody Ever Buys Tires Anymore

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
1 year ago

It's cause we're all BROKE

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#39

Yeah, She Felt The Car Was A Little Slower Today

Yeah, She Felt The Car Was A Little Slower Today

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

Forgot to release the handbrake.

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#40

Just Rolled Into The Shop... Guy Came In For A Flat Repair, Didn't Understand That He Needed A New Sensor After He Twisted His Stem Off With Pliers. Thought I Was Ripping Him Off When I Told Him He Needed New Lugs And Studs. Brakes Were Metal To Metal And He Said They Were Brand New

Just Rolled Into The Shop... Guy Came In For A Flat Repair, Didn't Understand That He Needed A New Sensor After He Twisted His Stem Off With Pliers. Thought I Was Ripping Him Off When I Told Him He Needed New Lugs And Studs. Brakes Were Metal To Metal And He Said They Were Brand New

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

idiot

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#41

Normally I Don't Post Here But I Couldn't Resist With This One

Normally I Don't Post Here But I Couldn't Resist With This One

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Gyro Pilot
Community Member
1 year ago

Replacing tank straps can be a b*tch if the bolts have frozen

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#42

This Could Get Messy

This Could Get Messy

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Gyro Pilot
Community Member
1 year ago

Heater core is done for

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#43

When The Dealership Lets A Kid With 0 Manual Transmission Experience Test Drive A Mazdaspeed 3

When The Dealership Lets A Kid With 0 Manual Transmission Experience Test Drive A Mazdaspeed 3

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Pixie
Community Member
1 year ago

Can someone please explain for the non-mechanics among us, what are we seeing here?

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#44

Rolled In For Timing And Exhaust Work But Couldn’t Help But Notice The Custom Lift

Rolled In For Timing And Exhaust Work But Couldn’t Help But Notice The Custom Lift

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BIG FOOT
Community Member
1 year ago

*takes notes*

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#45

Passenger Door Felt A Bit Heavy

Passenger Door Felt A Bit Heavy

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Mili Del Rio
Community Member
1 year ago

Water in the door?

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#46

So We Have A New Advisor

So We Have A New Advisor

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Mili Del Rio
Community Member
1 year ago

So it's working fine?

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#47

Some Honesty Tests Are Harder Than Others

Some Honesty Tests Are Harder Than Others

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

They are accident detectors. If they are broken, you were in an accident.

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#48

Another Super Safe Michigan Vehicle. Seat Belts Are For Pussies Anyway

Another Super Safe Michigan Vehicle. Seat Belts Are For Pussies Anyway

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

Michigan is one of the states that doesn't have mandatory safety or emissions inspections. This is the result when we leave it up to the owner to make sure their car is safe to drive.

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#49

People Fought Wars Over This Much Salt

People Fought Wars Over This Much Salt

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

You can't wash your car in freezing temperatures.

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#50

Gotcha

Gotcha

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
1 year ago

Only time I've ever seen one work.

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