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
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2 months 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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Eliška Hůlková
Community Member
2 months ago

You are good man.

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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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Mili Del Rio
Community Member
2 months ago

Poor baby looks like my Boomer

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#4

Soooooo

Soooooo

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Eliška Hůlková
Community Member
2 months ago

What could be wrong with this one?

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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
2 months 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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로희
Community Member
2 months ago

Improvise, adapt, overcome.

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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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Back away slowly and lock the f*****g doors.

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#8

Guess Somebody Has A Hard Time Remembering

Guess Somebody Has A Hard Time Remembering

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Wonder Homie
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh battery how i loathe you so

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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
2 months ago

I'm batman

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#10

Found A Friend

Found A Friend

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peter howard
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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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Paul Werner
Community Member
2 months ago

Now that's a first

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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
2 months 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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Little Zoologist
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh yeah, it's just Timmy. Hi Timmy!

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#15

My New Carpeting

My New Carpeting

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Ivo H
Community Member
2 months 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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Wonder Homie
Community Member
2 months ago

Diet coke

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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
2 months 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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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
2 months ago

But you cannot play BOTW on a car.

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#19

How American

How American

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Ivo H
Community Member
2 months ago

Not always is 'American' synonym to 'Idiotic', but in this case...

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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
2 months 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
2 months 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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Ivo H
Community Member
2 months ago

It's been a few good years since this was replaced...

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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
2 months 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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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

Better than letting it become sludge I guess

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#25

Who's Talking

Who's Talking

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Eliška Hůlková
Community Member
2 months ago

The irony...

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#26

Just Rolled Into The Shop

Just Rolled Into The Shop

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months 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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Ivo H
Community Member
2 months ago

I never understood indoor/in car smokers. It's so disgusting!

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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
2 months 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
2 months 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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Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

That looks unusually far forward for a battery. But considering that if you drop a spanner across the terminals of a battery, it can actually melt the spanner, this doesn't surprise me!

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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
2 months 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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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Wha...?

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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
2 months 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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Mili Del Rio
Community Member
2 months ago

What the hell

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#35

Paper, Rock, Scissors On This One

Paper, Rock, Scissors On This One

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
Community Member
2 months ago

Ah hail no!!!!

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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
2 months 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
2 months 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!!!".

M O'Connell
Community Member
1 month ago

It didn't snap in the middle, the end of the spring distorted and popped off of its perch.

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Monika Rhodes
Community Member
2 months ago

'Small noise'? When my coil broke- the whole village could hear me driving back home.

Suzanne Slifer
Community Member
1 month ago

It's A Wonder The Tire Didn't POP !!!

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm that kind of customer :|

Just a Snowball
Community Member
1 month ago

burnin' rubbah'

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
1 month ago

Had this happen twice with my Citroen C2 noise like a cannon going off. Parked both times. Known fault.

backatya
Community Member
1 month ago

you're fine mam but we'll see you in a few hundred miles to change your tire

Anna roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

Hearing aid and an ENT to clean out her ears

Carol Lewicke
Community Member
1 month ago

Common Taurus problem around 2001.

MAKtheknife
Community Member
1 month ago

I had this happen with a rear strut. It did the same thing to my tire. Black smoke trailed out behind me like I was one fire!

Hugh Cookson
Community Member
1 month ago

Had this happen to me many years ago - McPherson strut rusted through and shot the spring into the tyre - it was a Volvo and I didn't realise anything was wrong until I saw smoke billowing out of the back of the car !!

Adam Rindegård
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1 month ago

ngl i thought that was a snake

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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
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2 months 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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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
2 months ago

Good in this weather

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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
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1 month 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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Mili Del Rio
Community Member
2 months ago

Old straps rusted out or it's a new fire starter

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#42

This Could Get Messy

This Could Get Messy

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Eliška Hůlková
Community Member
2 months ago

Ew, what's that?

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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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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't get why some countries don't do driving tests using manual cars like we do in Southern Africa. you leave with a proper license and can drive manual and automatic cars... also helps on weekends when you have to race someone

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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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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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Paul Werner
Community Member
2 months ago

Probably just wanted an out change and rotate

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#49

People Fought Wars Over This Much Salt

People Fought Wars Over This Much Salt

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Crissy Brandt
Community Member
2 months ago

You must be from a place that does not get snow. Bc that salt is nothing.

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#50

Gotcha

Gotcha

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, so finally someone succeeded with those screw extractors. Hard to believe.

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