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Auto parts suppliers should not be allowed to sell safety-related parts such as steering and brake components to anyone, other than licensed repair shops that hold a valid, current safety inspection certificate. This would eliminate the unfair competition from back-yard auto repairs. The back-yarders pay no taxes, no insurance, no employee benefits etc, no wonder they can undercut us. The government claims that E-testing is an effective methed of getting old cars off the road. A mechanical fitness inspection that […]

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1992 Dodge Dakota

This vehicle was towed (thankfully) into my shop to have a CVIP notice and order! check out the pictures I snapped. I failed this truck due to these hazards as well as a bent front cross member and failed ball joints. Thank god it was towed away with a fail status, but who knows if it made it back on our roads or not….

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1999 Mazda MPV

This vehicle came into our shop a few years ago wanting a Motor Vehicle Inspection (here in Nova Scotia they are done every 2 years) , the owner got mad because he spent the whole weekend doing this to the hood of his wifes van. The spray foam & tape will not keep the hood latched properly and the crack in the windshield she is use to it and he is tall enough that he just looks over it. He […]

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1996 Escort

This vehicle came into our shop in July 2013 and asked for an A/C inspection and oil change. After lifting on the hoist and practically punching the hoist arm through the under body I asked the customer if he was aware that his car had so many holes through the floor and he should look at buying a new car. An A/C inspection is the last thing he needed! His response was he had no idea it was that bad […]

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2006 Chevrolet Tahoe

The owner of this Chevrolet Tahoe said he was having trouble steering when he brought is truck into Fort Gasland Hart Transmission in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. The technicians there quickly found out why.

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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 it away […]

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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.

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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 say about this unsafe repair! Read the story here.

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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 read more about this forgetful DIY brake job, click here.

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.