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What's Your Most Heartbreaking Wrenching Story?

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Image credit: Hoonigan
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

“Yeah!” you think one day. “I’ll do it myself! I’ll replace the whole front end! Then I’ll drop in a new engine. And then get to the bottom of that electrical gremlin that’s been triggering my windshield wipers on odd-numbered days.”


Flush with enthusiasm, you head out to the garage, gung ho about how well the project will turn out. You pour in obscene amounts of dollars and hours.

And sometimes, it’s just not enough. The problem doesn’t go away. The engine just won’t run as smoothly as you want it to.


That’s the saddest part, I think: when you try everything you can think of and nothing works. Or, your project just backfires on you. What was your most heartbreaking wrenching story?

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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I had to fix brake lines on my grandfathers van after he died so we could sell it to pay for the funeral. One of the worst days of my life.