Working as a car mechanic has its perks. You're most likely in charge of your own schedule, have the opportunity to make a lot of money, and obviously, you can fix a car in a jiff. But, it's definitely not all fun and games. We researched what the mechanics of Reddit have to say about their jobs, and these are the most face-palm-worthy stories they have to tell - enjoy.
Now That's Self Service
From Redditor /u/eNaRDe
I have stories for days.... one of my favorites is when this lady came in and asked if when we install her new tires if we can make sure we install the air tire nozzle on the bottom so it can be easier for her to put air in them when she needs to.247Good story?
Gotta Learn The Basics, People…
From Redditor /u/jobin909
Where I work, after the car is worked on, it's brought to recon for a simple wash and vacuum. When recon parks the completed cars in the designated area, they usually put up the e-brake regardless of transmission type.
Had a customer in their mid to late 20's pick up their car, 5 minutes later she comes storming into me and says, "MY CAR IS BEEPING AT ME AND IT SAYS 'BRAKE' ON THE DASH. YOU GUYS BROKE IT."
tl;dr: Customer had no idea what a parking brake was.228Good story?
How Didn’t You Know Though?
From Redditor /u/msmithmyer1234
A woman comes in and says there is a terrible dragging noise whenever she drives the car. I take a look under and see - a 4 foot tall, orange roadside construction barrel, trapped under the car.218Good story?
From Redditor /u/AngryyLawyer
The guy I bought my car from had kept the stock rear springs and replaced with them aftermarket shocks, but then kept the stock front shocks and replaced them with the 3" lowering springs. Then he decided 3" was too low so he installed spring spacers to raise the front a little bit, but one of the spacers had broken so the car leaned to the right.
And to top it off he had bought an aftermarket shift knob that was too big to screw on to the existing stalk, so he just wrapped the stalk in duct tape and hammered the knob down on the stalk.141Good story?