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Car Owner Fails Mechanics See Everyday

Here are some car owner fails mechanics observe everyday that will be sure to put a smile on your face…and some worry lines as well knowing you share the road with these owners.

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DIY is Not for Everyone

While learning to DIY your car repairs and maintenance is admirable in this day and age---and something I encourage many car owners to consider---there are repairs that most people should not attempt. Especially when it concerns things like their brakes and suspension system that could turn their car into a road hazard for others.

Related article: Just Rolled In Friday: When DIY on Your Car Goes Oh So Wrong

Repairs Gone Bad or Just Plain Ignored

To show what I mean and to brighten up your day, here are two “Just Rolled In” videos that are good examples of what mechanics see and have to deal with often because their customers took car repair matters into their own hands or decided to decline repairs recommended by their mechanic.

In the videos you will see:

  • A neglected Toyota engine blow up.
  • Why microphones should not be installed near the ignition keys or button.
  • A common reason why an owner’s car over-revs while driving.
  • When pimping up your car or key fob can be unsafe.
  • Why brakes and duct tape don’t work well together.
  • Why tires are not a factory OEM part you never replace.
  • Why heater core replacements are not DIY jobs.
  • Bad repairs from good friends.
  • Why making your own gaskets out of electrical tape and silicone is not how to save money on parts.
  • And more…

Customer States He Declined Repairs, Now Engine Is Knocking

Customer States Brand New Car Doesn't Start

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Timothy Boyer is an automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on  “Zen and the Art of DIY Car Repair” website, the Zen Mechanic blog and on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites  and Facebook for daily news and topics related to new and used cars and trucks.

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