October 1, 2013Unsafe Car Files

How Could this Car Be Certified?

Believe it or not!!! This vehicle came in for an oil change and to our shock the customer said that he just got it certified 3 weeks ago. The exhaust barks ( leaks badly ) from the resonator and the rocker panels are non existent. The brake lines are rotted, the car will hardly stop if you stomp on the brakes. The result: We reported this to the owner and refused to change the oil. The customer drove …

September 27, 2013Unsafe Car Files

1997 GMC Safari

Richard Farrell, owner of Richard’s Rolling Repairs in Richmond, British Columbia came across this 97 Safari van. After diagnosing a spongey brake pedal, he submitted the story to our Eye Spy collection. He found that the front chamber of the master cylinder was empty, and the brake fluid stains on the left rear backing plate and wheel were already dry. …

September 26, 2013Unsafe Car Files

2002 Chrysler Sebring

Geoff Last, an apprentice at K.I.S.S. Auto Repairs in Kelowna, B.C. added this photo to our Eye Spy collection. This is a classic case of a DIY job gone wrong, and ended up costing way more than the owner could have hoped to save. The owner of this 2002 Sebring convertible had tried to diagnose and repair a no-crank condition, and ended up destroying the ignition cylinder. There’s so much to sa …

September 26, 2013Unsafe Car Files

2005 Ford F-150

After experiencing some serious braking issues, the owner of this 2005 Ford F-150 brought his truck to the professionals at Frank Malfara Service Centre in Burlington, Ont. Patrick Roberts, the technician who inspected the truck added this photo to our Eye Spy collection. He quickly found that when the owner attempted to install his own brakes, he forgot to put the right rear caliper back on. To rea …

September 26, 2013Unsafe Car Files

2008 Mazda B3000

The DIYer who attempted this brake job has some backwards thinking about safety. Rob Stortz, operations manager at Columbia Auto Service in Waterloo, Ontario added this photo to Canadian Technician’s Eye Spy collection. …

September 26, 2013Unsafe Car Files

1992 Buick Roadmaster wagon

In this business, we see neglect, damage, and corrosion all the time. But keeping the vehicle on the road is only good for the customer if it’s safe to drive! Here’s a good example from our EyeSpy collection, thanks to David Fenton of Lakerange Service in Port Elgin, Ont. …

September 26, 2013Unsafe Car Files

2002 Volkswagen Golf

This car came into a Pennzoil 10 minute oil change in Gatineau, Quebec. The owner had new tires in the trunk, but didn’t want them installed. General manager, Jon Hover tried to explain to the customer how dangerous the tire was but he had little success getting the message across. …

September 26, 2013Unsafe Car Files

2004 Ford Ranger

The owner of this Ford F-150 decided he could do his own brake work and replaced the rotors. Unfortunately, he picked the wrong ones. They were a full inch too small and had no ABS tone rings on the hub. Tom Hines, of Fountain Tire Richmond in Vancouver, B.C. submitted this photo to our Eye Spy collection. …

September 6, 2013Unsafe Car Files

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