One customer came in with a car that needed a jump just to get moving almost every day. The owner suspected the alternator, and so did the local parts store. A heroic mechanic looked and found that both of the battery terminals (the lines to the battery) were loose. In fact, the cable that went from the fuse box to the battery was zip-tied in place. Talk about a facepalm moment.
Thankfully, all the mechanic had to do was replace the missing bolt and tighten everything down. The car fired up without a second thought.
We'd Almost Hope So
No matter how much work engineers put into them, engines and cars will never be perfect. You can have a smooth ride all the way up to sixty or seventy, but once you hit three digits, you're going to feel something.
The note left for the mechanic on this car says that the customer has made it to three digits and beyond, but at a hundred and thirty miles per hour the car vibrates. Yeah. Duh. Hopefully, the mechanic rolled his eyes, poked around a little bit, and said nothing can be done so please stop driving that fast.
There's Even a Term For It
A woman apparently brought her car in for a new battery, and then the next week came back saying that ever since the new battery, her car has been doing weird things. Case in point – that new red line that appeared on her car's tachometer.
If you have ever driven a car, you may recognize that every single car ever has one of them. When you "red-line," you're pushing your car too much. Anyway, the woman wanted a refund because the shop had messed up her car, and without a doubt, she got laughed out of the building.
Good Luck Selling That One
The purpose of the exhaust system is to get rid of stuff that the engine can't use. If the exhaust system isn't working right, all that junk will just hang around. One mechanic gave a car a test drive, finding it was low on power and making a rattling noise from the exhaust.
Usually, that means a failing catalytic converter, but upon closer inspection, something quite unexpected fell out of the exhaust: a hunk of carbon that had formed around a broken filter. Like a pearl from an oyster, except totally black, disgusting, and worth nothing at all.
Don't Let the Brakes Go
When it comes to car problems, conventional wisdom says there are two to address as soon as possible: the brakes, and the transmission.
One mechanic has said that most people will get brakes replaced when they need to be replaced, but others will let rotors wear down and get so rusted that they snap off. Others he's seen have been so worn down that the actual braking material was the piston behind the pad. If your car is having trouble coming to a stop, make sure to take it in or you could end up being in a lot of trouble.