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Mechanics Of Reddit Are Sharing Their Most Face-Palm Worthy Moments On The Job

March 25, 2021 336 votes 48 voters 1.6k views15 items

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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.

  • 1

    A Woman In Denial

    From Redditor /u/davbob

    I replaced the clutch in a car for a woman then returned her car. By the time I got back to the workshop, there was a message waiting for me that she couldn't get the car into gear. (This was before mobile phones). I was driven back to her house where she was stood waiting for me looking like she was ready to slay someone. I got in the car, started it up, foot on the clutch, into first, and drove it around the block, up and down through every gear. She apologized and off we went back to the workshop once more only to get the same woman on the phone. This time not just a little angry but screaming all kinds of curses at us. Back we went to her house and you guessed it, started the car put it in gear, and drove round the block again.

    This time instead of leaving we told her to try before we left. She jumped in, started the car and crunched the gears hard and loud. It was at this point that the penny finally dropped. I am almost 6ft tall. This woman was about 4ft 5. She didn’t move her seat forward so was only pressing the clutch pedal quarter of the way down. After explaining this to her I got an earful of mistreat from here saying that she didn’t even know that her car seat COULD move so how was she supposed to adjust it. Oh, and she would be writing to the newspapers to tell everyone about the bad service she got from our garage.

    Good story?
  • 2


    From Redditor /u/artKilometre

    Had a car come into my shop a few years back complaining of a rattling when driving. 3 road tests later we find the bearings, brakes, steering, and suspension components all good, the exhaust was solid. Turns out the rattling was from the plastic hubcaps. Some of the clips had started to break and when driving the cap would shift and rattle on the wheel. We explain to the customer and ask if they want to buy a new set, take them off or just leave it as is. They decline the new ones and want the caps on, so we just put it all back together. Charge them for the inspection and send them on their way.

    5 minutes later they're back complaining that it's still rattling!

    Good story?
  • 3

    Just A City Car

    From Redditor /u/hillbillygoat

    A customer came to our shop with her "City Golf" and wanted a mechanic to check the car over because she had to take it on the highway for a few minutes.

    After 2 years of owning the car, she was under the impression that her car was only able to drive in the city.

    Good story?
  • 4

    Chip Tracking Scare?

    From Redditor /u/YELLOW_TOAD

    Had a customer come into the shop. The entire engine, wires, battery, and hoses were wrapped completely in aluminum foil.

    She said it was because the government could track her via the computer chip in her car, and she didn't want them to do that because she owed back taxes.

    Good story?