Everyone who has owned a car knows how reliable it is to break down. How stubborn it is in its own special way.

The good thing is that with time comes nostalgia, and nostalgia can fix memories that have been bugging us for a very long time, allowing us to laugh at wedding disasters, beach fails, and even all the annoying car issues we've been through.

For the newest "Hashtags" segment on The Tonight Show, its host Jimmy Fallon asked his viewers to share their worst car stories, and it was just like always: people responded to the prompt on Twitter, the showrunners picked the funniest entries and they got a feature on live television. And, just like every time, they were hilariously entertaining, too.

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kasa alex
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7 months ago

I like a car that knows what it wants

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According to experts, taking care of your car starts with three rudimentary things you should be doing every other fill-up to ensure it stays in tip-top shape.

First, clean the windshield. A dirty, bug-splattered windshield is a safety hazard (it obscures your view of the road), so give it a regular cleaning. Using the spongy part of the gas station squeegee, soak the whole windshield with the cleaning fluid. Then pull the squeegee tightly from the middle of the windshield to the sides, finishing off the remaining streaks by pulling it top to bottom. If your headlights are dirty, give them a squeegeeing too.

Next, check tire pressure. Maintaining this department will keep you safe and even save you a little money. Improperly inflated tires — and this means both over-inflated and under-inflated — don't handle or stop as well as tires with the correct pressure, and they are more likely to suffer a blowout. Plus, tires with the correct pressure last longer and increase your fuel efficiency, even if very slightly.

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BluEyedSeoulite
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7 months ago

And no one wanted to steal it so no issues lol

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Lastly, check the oil level and top off as needed. Motor oil is your car's blood and is essential to its performance. It lubricates all the moving parts in your engine so they don't grind and tear themselves into a disaster. It also transfers heat away from the combustion cycle and traps and holds all the nasty byproducts of combustion, sending it to the oil filter. If your engine doesn't have enough oil, your car is at great risk.

To ensure your car always has enough oil, you simply need to keep regularly checking it. Your owner's manual might recommend that you do this at every gas fill-up but every other is usually sufficient.

Checking your car's oil level is very easy. All you need is a clean paper towel, adequate light, and a few minutes. But before you start, make sure your car is on level ground so you get an accurate reading. Then, locate your engine's dipstick (it typically has an image of an oil can or just says "OIL"). Pull out the dipstick. No laughing. Wipe it clean with a paper towel (gas stations sometimes have them available near the pumps). Put the dipstick back, making sure it goes all the way in. Pull the dipstick out again, (don't turn it upside down to look at it—this makes the oil run upward and ruins your reading). It will have two marks at the bottom. The oil level can be read by looking where the oily part ends and the dry part begins: if the oil line is between the two marks, you’re good to go. If it’s below the bottom mark, you need to add some more oil. But never add more than a quart at once without driving and taking a new reading of the oil level. Too much oil isn't good for the engine too. 

All you need to do now is follow the maintenance schedule suggested in your vehicle's owner's manual, keep the car clean and it won't break down. Much.

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

Your story is hilarious. Thanks for the laughs.

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Capermom
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7 months ago

Well, that was actually a beneficial feature, then... lol

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Troux
Community Member
7 months ago

Anyone else make this sound out loud and laugh?

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Vic
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7 months ago

A car AND an ice machine, wow!

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Kristof De Smet
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7 months ago

No loss. If she cares more about the car...

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kasa alex
Community Member
7 months ago

Character!

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Samantha Lomb
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7 months ago

That seems more like a feature than a bug

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
7 months ago

And here I live in Sweden were cars would be illegal to drive long before reaching this state

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Capermom
Community Member
7 months ago

So, did he buy it..? XD

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No you didn't
Community Member
7 months ago

He may have saved your life.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

I love this one! You drove a hearse! My parents were superstitious, so they would have paid for another car, pretty much any car, except this one. I should have thought of that back in the day.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

That is terrifying! The poor tree, but I'm glad to hear that you're alright.

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
7 months ago

Normally a thirsty car wants fuel, so this one comes cheaper.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Spontaneous combustion, eh?

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
7 months ago

Better at a rest than fuel stop I suppose.

luxfux
Community Member
7 months ago

With my last car the speedometer sometimes didn't work, too. So I drove by rev counter since I learned how many rev per minute was which speed accoording to gear. Worked just fine.

Connie Martin
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that a Sebring? Asking for Michael Scott

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
7 months ago

Worked in the kitchen of a country club when I was 19. One day, some member's mid-60s Porsche burst into flames in the parking lot. Beautiful car, but the kitchen staff enjoyed the show.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
7 months ago

Randomly? Gosh, this would be impossible here, thankfully.

saturnslipper
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow, you know how to pick em!! 🤭☺️

backatya
Community Member
7 months ago

looks like a Chrysler Sebring. All Chryslers and other brands they sell are bad. I once worked at a dealership and brand new Sebrings came in off the truck. They were all leaking radiator fluid. Check consumer Reports about them if you don't believe me.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
7 months ago

that could have been a hit, someone could have been trying to kill them lmao

Irina Rachow
Community Member
7 months ago

Are you sure someone didn't put a hit on you?

Sophia Li
Community Member
7 months ago

My car shakes after 60 too. Still don't know why...

Patty Stier
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

I'm sure you (and your insurers) breathed a sigh of relief no other vehicles were right next to it when it happened!

The Dave
Community Member
7 months ago

No surprises that the Sebring caught fire.

M O'Connell
Community Member
7 months ago

There's nothing like power steering fluid spraying directly onto the exhaust manifold to get you up and moving.

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No you didn't
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Apparently you should have held the beams midway between high and regular 🤷‍♀️

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
7 months ago

Those are the inconspicuous cars that drug mules like... Did you check all the hidden panels?

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

In Quebec, a BMW is also known as 'bus, metro, walk'.

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
7 months ago

Not that strange really. I've had a car drive (at say 5MPH) over my foot and it doesn't hurt; the suspension and tires spread the weight. The flatter the object the lesser the impact.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, that car certainly lived up to its namesake. The irony did not escape me. LOL

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pansexualandproud
Community Member
7 months ago

wow, your parents ripped you off my dude

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Iggy
Community Member
7 months ago

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
7 months ago

Who installed it without sealing it? I would have gone back and told them to do it properly or else you could have just bought a tube of sealant and done it yourself, it isn't hard.

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Robert Thomas
Community Member
7 months ago

honestly this is aperk

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
7 months ago

At least it wasn't the hood popping open.

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Tabitha L
Community Member
7 months ago

Waaaaait a minute. Didn't someone from Sweden say in the comments that this would be illegal in Sweden? I'm shocked that despite laws preventing this behavior, it happened anyway. One might be inclined to believe that there are irresponsible people all over the world. But that can't be right.

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Capermom
Community Member
7 months ago

"...coming in hot." Hahaha

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
7 months ago

Not that hard. The cassette recorder got more or less power depending on the speed. So it either was the battery or the alternator at fault.

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Lydia Shen
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7 months ago

BAHAHAHAHAHA I tried making the noise and my cat looked at me so weird

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Capermom
Community Member
7 months ago

Cute little thing...

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Capermom
Community Member
7 months ago

That's pretty shitty of them...

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Ian Koch
Community Member
7 months ago

oh.

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MRSS
Community Member
7 months ago

Well Ford can't make a door latch to save it's life. Started from day one and still can't perfect it. There are so many recalls for door latches on such a wide range in years, makes, and model's. It will absolutely blow your freaking mind how many door latch recall parts I have in my parts room. And supplements recalls (revised parts or updated inspections) for latches and rods and plates. Mind blowing!!!!

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
7 months ago

You just described my first BRAND NEW car off the lot. The $4995 Hyundai Excel. The big selling feature was that the rear window defroster was included in the base package. Ran mine through 170K miles then sold it to my mechanic.

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MAL
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7 months ago

That is one bad ass looking car!

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
7 months ago

DUCT TAPE!!

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pansexualandproud
Community Member
7 months ago

that is scary

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Tiger Pearl
Community Member
7 months ago

And someone’s dad from another post put an engine in it for her... and the cycle repeated itself!

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
7 months ago

TOYOTA: Keep on ROLLING until the doors fall off.

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JessG
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7 months ago

That's pretty crappy. Happy Birthday??

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
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7 months ago

Ahhhh.... The Vega.... Aluminum block... That way there wasn't too much weight to move the thing. If it had been a stainless steel block, she'd have been lucky to pass 30MPH.

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Jessica Bertram
Community Member
7 months ago

lucky you didn't spark your own death there, Charlie.

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Bill
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7 months ago (edited)

Worn seals on the rotary engine's impellers. I hope she still has it. $$$$

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JessG
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7 months ago

Whew, this is pretty bad

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Capermom
Community Member
7 months ago

That's pretty scary. Once, my wipers broke on the highway during winter, and I had big trucks in front of me, throwing sleet onto my windshield. Longest drive of my life...

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
7 months ago

Push starting a manual transmission when the battery is dead.... So many experiences that the new generations will never have.

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JessG
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7 months ago

I bet

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Kimberly Young
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7 months ago

Dad?

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Crescent Dragonwagon
Community Member
7 months ago

My first car was a 4 door green Peugeot 204 that had been in some kind of horrible accident which left just an open space below the trunk. No big problem... I just hung a "Space for Rent" sign in it and received lots of smiles. I loved that little car.

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