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03-15-2012, 08:13 AM

The fender offenders: Hilarious DIY car repair bodge jobs carried out by amateur mechanics to keep their vehicles going

By Graham Smith

PUBLISHED: 08:19 EST, 14 March 2012 | UPDATED: 09:49 EST, 14 March 2012

Carrying out basic DIY repairs at home is something most people find to be a fairly simple procedure.

But when it comes to your car, it is always best to leave the repairs to the experts.

That advice, however, was certainly not heeded by the owners of these vehicles.

Radar Chief
03-15-2012, 08:23 AM

C-clip axle, this is how they fail. The axle shaft broke at the splines where the c-clip that holds the axle shaft in the axle tube is.
Don’t worry, I can guarantee he wasn’t driving it like this for long.

03-15-2012, 08:31 AM
Bronco fan?


What's funny in the article are the serious critiques of the DIY attempts.


Tidy work: Unfortunately, a chipboard boot, complete with padlock, would prove less-than-ideal in an accident

Ya think?

Radar Chief
03-15-2012, 08:33 AM

This one actually required some forethought, because you can’t just prop up the axle shaft like that and go anywhere.
It’s the characteristic of an open differential that it will spin the axle shaft with the least resistance, so unless someone got into the differential and replaced the spider/side gears with a mini spool or “Lincoln Locked” it, welding the spiders to the side gears and/or the side gears to the case, forcing both axle shafts to spin at the same rate it wouldn’t go anywhere.

J Diddy
03-15-2012, 08:57 AM
Some of that is ingenious and some just plain stupid. For starters, I've used a screwdriver as an indicator, as well as vice grips on the knobs (albeit temporarily) and I actually found the manual windshield wipers amusing.

However, everything else is just plain stupid.