Scares and repairs

Here's Seymour having some makeshift repairs too

Here’s Seymour having some makeshift repairs too

Our T4 camper, Woody, has a leaky radiator at the moment so Mr Camperfun has applied a tried-and-trusted liquid leak repair product until we have the time (and money) to get a replacement.

However, this reminded me of a story I’d seen of some, er, unusual vehicle repairs*, so I dug them out to share with you. Enjoy.

  • A man attempted to use bubblegum to fix not one but FIVE small leaks in his car radiator. He also poured 250g of black peppercorns into the radiator after reading that ground black pepper could help repair radiator leaks. They just caused a strong odour in the vehicle and a blockage.
  • An electric fault caused a woman’s front headlights to stop working, so she secured two battery operated super bright torches to her bonnet with rope.
  • An elderly man with faulty air conditioning attempted to cool down one hot week last summer by taping 20 handheld battery operated pocket fans to his dash board and switching them all on at the same time.
  • A couple noticed their car’s speedometer wasn’t working and so bought smartphone, downloaded a speedometer app, fixed it to their dashboard and used it for the next six months.
  • A man in Bristol fixed his leaky exhaust pipe with a few empty beer cans that he cut open, wrapped around the damaged area and sealed with brown parcel tape.
  • A woman who lost both sets of keys to her Volkswagen Polo wrapped heavy chains around her car when she wasn’t in it and sealed both front doors with two similarly heavy duty padlocks to stop thieves.
  • A man from Leeds who had snapped off his indicator lever replaced it with a twig so he could still successfully indicate while driving.
  • Faulty electronics caused a young driver’s car sunroof to remain stuck open, so he improvised with an umbrella and a lot of duct tape. It kept the rain off, he said, but did nothing for his car’s security…
  • A man from Yorkshire was told there was a fault with his car’s airbags, so he cut various bits of memory foam from a mattress topper he had and glued them to different parts of his steering wheel, believing it would be sufficient protection.
  • A couple from Epping somehow lost the bonnet for their car and so instead used a double duvet fastened down with duct tape to protect the engine from the elements.

So any top DIY repair tips you’d care to share? Or perhaps you’ve seen even worse examples of vehicle bodging than these?

*Research by automotive manufacturer BBA Reman


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This entry was posted on February 6, 2014 by in campervan, driving and tagged , , , , .
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