By wrock84 - 08/05/2016 01:50 - United States - San Francisco

Today, I tried to fix my wife's brakes and change her oil before I worked on my truck. Seven hours later both vehicles are unusable. FML
I agree, your life sucks 11 467
You deserved it 5 875

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wrock84 20

For the record i am a mechanic, but when the caliper bolt snaps on one car and a caliper is seized on another with no way to get replacement parts until next day, no amount of skill/knowledge will help. Cant pull parts out of my ass

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YDI, Why the hell would you attempt to fix the cars if you clearly had no idea what you were doing?

Well, what kind of mechanic are you if you can't pull parts out of your ass?!


emi_alejandra 23's the thought that counts right? Sorry OP. FYL.

YDI, Why the hell would you attempt to fix the cars if you clearly had no idea what you were doing?

Some people haven't got a clue what their doing but refuse to admit it to themselves or anyone, fumble about and make things worse. Just look at anyone in a management position.

Steve97 32

Not only that but brakes are illegal to work on unless you're a fully licensed mechanic because it's considered part of the safety system of a car. Heaven forbid op gets into an accident related to a bad brake job, insurance won't cover him and op could be charged and possibly arrested all on his dime. You're lucky the cars are unusable in the drive way.

@Steve97 Well I don't know about Canada but in the USA you can do your own car repairs and even get paid to do someone else's by a friend or acquaintance but you can't legally claim to be licensed if you aren't.

Not likely he was clueless - it may just have been bad luck. I've gone in to do pads and wound up needing new lines, cylinders, rotors, and calipers because I was otherwise unaware of issues that were on the fence. If the guy couldn't afford the parts or whatever... yeah.

I don't believe that to be true, #32. Pads, rotors and the like are fine. The electronic parts of the system like ABS, sure, but not the mechanical parts.

Steve97 32

You can do car repairs like oil changes and even engine work but something like brakes and some suspension work and especially air bags (basically anything related to a safety system on a car) you need to have it done by someone licensed. Don't down vote my comments just because you people don't know the law...

Where do you live that it's against the law to do your own car repairs?

Steve97 32

49 read my comment carefully. You can do your own car repairs but certain repairs must only be signed off by a license tech if it has something to do with a safety component in a car (steering and braking) and 39 if you know what you're doing you can change pads and rotors but if you do it wrong and the car fails to stop and you cause an accident and the police and insurance finds out the owner installed the brakes and isn't licensed, insurance won't cover it and the owner will be charged heavily.

LOL #32 are you serious? You clearly have no clue what you're talking about. Also, to those of you who have clearly never worked on a vehicle, shit goes wrong, it happens. Old stuff breaks when being taken apart. Good on OP for not wasting money at a garage. Half the time they don't know what they're doing either except you pay for their mistakes instead of your own.

Okay 51, clearly you think you know something. So let's hear it. What's the offence call, and what section of what statute is it under in Canadian law? I'm waiting.

Cliche husband that works on things to make them worse, I thought that only happened on TV! Sorry to hear OP, better luck next time (don't actually attempt it again though!)

what did you even do? and it would've been cheaper to have a professional do it, now the repair cost will be 20x what you tried to save by doing it yourself

Tbh I don't blame him, my dad has fixed all of our cars and had a few rough bumps in the way!! good luck to you op!

Your dad probably knew a little more about cars then OP did. You don't change the oil and fix the brakes when you don't actually know how to do it. Now it's going to cost even more money to fix both cars then it would have if he had just taken them to a professional in the first place.