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What’s Stopping Your Worst Customers?
January 21, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Brake-related EYE SPY pictures from our growing collection.

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EYE SPY: Hole-y unfit for the roads!
January 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Steve Hackett, owner of Paragon Auto Service in Saskatoon, Sask. sent in this scathing indictment of the lack of mandatory safety inspections. “Unfortunately, this is what is on the roads without inspections,” he wrote. The 1979 Cordoba was towed

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Eye Spy: A customer’s inVENTion
January 7, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  No front defrost? No problem! A customer brought his Pontiac Vibe to Jeremy Bovaird and Jennifer Hebert at Jers’ Garage in City of Kawartha Lakes, Ont. to show off his homemade repair to clear his windshield. “We told him earlier

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Eye Spy: From frozen ditch to burned clutch
December 26, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Ben Knowles of Mechanic Modern in Richmond, Que., sent in this picture of a fried clutch. The owner of the 2008 Toyota Corolla thought he could get himself out of a snowbank by brute power and quickly switching from forward

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Eye Spy: The case of the arrested air conditioning
December 10, 2019 by Allan Janssen

  Brandon Bennett, of Bennett’s Auto Repair in Regina, Sask., discovered why the heat was “restrained” on a 2011 Yukon. The driver’s blend door was jammed by a pair of handcuffs that had slipped behind the dash somehow. Turns out

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EYE SPY: One shop’s never-ending battle against poor DIY repairs
September 20, 2019 by Allan Janssen

One of our frequent Eye Spy contributors is Doug Gritner, owner of Doug’s Repair. He’s got a great little business in Alexis Creek, B.C. but, unfortunately, he often finds himself “fixing junk.” And sometimes his customers take a stab at

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EyeSpy: Nothing but broken brakes!
August 23, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Brakes are a key safety item on any car, but you wouldn’t know that by the way some motorists take care of them!  Here are just four recent brake-related EyeSpy photos, sent in by readers of CARS magazine.  Enjoy the

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Sometimes it’s just beyond repair!
August 19, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Bruce Silverson of Hilltop Autopro in White Rock, B.C. had to use his diplomatic skills when a customer brought in a 2002 Mazda Protege with a complaint of “spongey brake pedal.” When they lifted the car, they found out there

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New EYE SPY Video: Things that go BOOM!
August 15, 2019 by Allan Janssen

With so much tension in the modern automotive engine, it’s not surprising that technicians sometimes encounter the evidence of an explosive calamity under the hood.

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BOOM! New EyeSpy video examines explosive situations
August 13, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Explosions are the inevitable result of heat, pressure, and pent-up energy. And with so much of those ingredients in the modern automotive engine, it’s not surprising that technicians sometimes encounter the evidence of an explosive calamity under the hood. Check

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EyeSpy | Creative DIY repairs… the sequel!
July 8, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Missed an episode? Go to the EyeSpy homepage to get caught up. DO YOU HAVE EYESPY WORTHY PICTURES? If you have pictures of unbelievably creative DIY repairs that had you instantly reaching for your camera [or phone] and you’d like

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EYE SPY: A box full of clamps… and it still wasn’t enough!
June 10, 2019 by Allan Janssen

It took a box full of clamp – 15 in total – to secure the exhaust pipe on this mid 90s Chevrolet pickup. This picture was sent in a while ago by Mike Devries of VIP Autopro on Wharncliffe Road