12+ People Who Should Have Left Things To A Real Mechanic

Some people are really obsessed with their cars. They treat them like their children and take care of them meticulously.

But, there are also those folks who, for a lack of a better word, leave their cars in a state of disarray. Be it lack of money or lack of time, these people let things slide for far too long when it comes to car repairs.

1. This Filter Situation

Reddit | LvL99SteelBeams

From the looks of this, it seems that this filter hasn't seen the light of day for quite some time now. When it turns black like this and has the texture of custard you know you messed up.

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2. This Interesting Find

Reddit | derpfacemanana

This person's dad complained that the engine felt like it was about to die on his Sierra. So they checked the air filter and found this. He parks it outside so they think squirrels or chipmunks got in there.

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3. This Patch-Up Job

Reddit | pop_rivet

I dunno if this person thought they were being funny or what. They had their battery tied up with a bungee cord. And, to make matters worse, their intake air duct was unattached on the one end and held up by duct tape on the other.

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4. This Jeep Disaster

Reddit | Kibax_

This is a Jeep Compass 2010 2,2 CRDI. The A/C water drops onto the motor mount and slides down the holes from the bolts. It stays in the axle carrier and causes it to completely rust trough. Engineering at its peak.

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5. The State Of This Car

Reddit | pop_rivet

Oh my, I don't think I've ever seen a car in a bad state as this car. I can't believe somebody is actually still driving it. I guess they just don't have too much choice in the matter, huh?

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6. This Tire

Reddit | Logan9981

This person came to the mechanic claiming that, "something feels loose in the front end." The mechanic drove it to the entrance of the bay and the upper tire completely let go and the lower broke as well. This is what he found.

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7. This 'Accident-Prone' Vehicle

Reddit | maddogg312

This person works at a car rental company, and one day, the police brought this car back to them. Needless to say, I don't think they'll ever be renting that car out again. Oh my goodness, wow.

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8. This Reminder To Read The Manual

Reddit | HazeAsians

Um, if you still don't know how your car works, perhaps YouTube could come in handy? There are so many videos there to show you exactly how to deal with situations like this.

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9. This Car Key

Reddit | leftovernoise

When a customer shows up with a screwdriver as a key to their car, you know this is going to be a long day. I wonder how often this happens to mechanics? Wouldn't you like to know, too?

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10. This Missing Tire

Reddit | FireChickens

It's one thing to have a messed-up tire that's ready to explode. It's quite another thing to have no tire at all. Isn't it funny how this person was still driving this vehicle? Well, funny isn't exactly the right way to put it...

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If your brakes are in this state I'm surprised you can even drive. This is probably the worst I've ever seen. How do people even let their car get like this? I would really love to know.

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12. This Work Order

Reddit | MTFarmTech

Is somebody joking here or is this an actual real work order? If it is real, then I think I would like to take my car to this mechanic. At least they have a sense of humor.

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13. This DIY Job

Reddit | _TurboLover_

Just a word to the wise — don't do what this person did. Apparently, they thought they can use a Coke can to fix a rusted out oil filter, even though a brand new oil filter is only like $15.

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14. This Nest

Reddit | Lotus496

If you happen to open up the hood of your car and see this, it means you should have done so a long time ago. How can something like this even happen? It's super cute but still... how?

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15. This Thermostat

Reddit | crozone

The thermostat is supposed to open when the engine gets hot, but it's not supposed to open that much. I honestly don't know much about cars, but to me, that doesn't sound right. Maybe it got really excited, ha, ha!

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16. This Messed Up Tire

Reddit | HappenedOnceBefore

Oh my goodness, what in the heck happened to these tires? Someone on Reddit said they must've been custom tires, lol. Yeah, I don't think so. I think this person must have gone over some nasty potholes.

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17. This Tire 'Tumor'

Reddit | suburbanhavoc

When your vehicle shakes at highway speed it may be what this mechanic calls the "Fix-a-Flat tire tumor". Apparently, this isn't the first time he's seen it either. How does that happen to a tire? I want to know.

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18. This Missing Tire

Reddit | jlbw78

So this person apparently drove their car like this for three full days. Their excuse was that they thought there was no spare tire. Turns out the spare was in the trunk complete with a jack this whole time.

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19. This Professional Job

Reddit | TheGorgoronTrail

A local tire chain tightened this guy's parent's lugs so tight, his dad couldn't remove them after a brake job. They took it back to have them loosened. The shop broke two lugs and torched the others until the rim caught fire. Wow! This car has seen better days.

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20. This Unfortunate Situation

Reddit | tonyxwing74

This person started their car in the morning and thought the car sounded funny. As it turns out, somebody stole the catalytic converter containing precious metals like titanium, rhodium, and palladium. It can cost up to $3000 to replace it. Yikes!

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21. This Friendly Warning


If you're a mechanic and you find a note like this left by your customer, you know you have a long day ahead of you. Oh, this doesn't sound too good to me, lol. Am I right?

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22. This Messed Up Tire

Reddit | opstarfish

If you can explain what happened to this tire, you're a lot smarter than me. I, for the love of life, can't figure out how this could even occur. It's good that it didn't explode.

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Oh my, I don't think I've ever seen cars as bad as these.

Giphy | Tactical Baby Gear

I'm happy to report that I don't know anybody who lets their car get as terrible as these photos. Get them off the road ASAP, please.

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