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Eye Spy

Taken from the November/December 2020 digital edition of CARS Magazine (with permission).

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Jeremy Bovaird and Jennifer Herbert of Jer’s Garage in Kawartha Lakes, Ont. had a good laugh when one of their clients requested the windshield cleared – without defrost. After claiming that a blend door repair that would fix the problem was too pricy, the customer decided to attach a black pipe to the dashboard vent instead.

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Why does it always seem like zips ties are the go-to tool for do-it-yourself repair jobs? A team member over at Ding’s Garage in Brome, Que., sent us this photo of a 2010 GM pick-up truck that has been patched up by a self-appointed car medic. But when it comes to suspension, brakes and steering, a DIY-job is never good enough!

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Brendan Hills, a technician at Jepsersons Auto out in Chilliwack, B.C. had a customer come in with complaints of his vehicle wandering into the road. As it turn’s out, both tie rod ends were strapped on.

The team at Huron Tirecraft in Clinton, Ont., got a surprise when they raised this 2006 Cadillac DTS that came in for a tire change. The vehicle owner had attached some clamps to his rear suspension – not to keep it from falling off, just to keep it from rattling. Owner Lorne Koch offered to fix it properly, but the vehicle owner refused, insisting that he didn’t think it was loose, just rattling. “If something is rattling, wouldn’t that be the defination of loose?” Koch writes.

Issac Custeau of Centre Mondial de l’Automobile Inc. was left speechless when the owner of a 2001 Dodge Caravan brought the vehicle in for service. “As you can see, the rear leaf springs are broken, and what the guy did to fix it is unbelievable, ” Custeau sais. “A piece of wood here, another one there, a little wire and voila!” Deemed too expensive to repair, the vehicle is up for grabs as scrap metal.