I repair computers and have seen it all. Cockroaches, spilled soda, pet urine, you name it. Some of these things come in looking so nasty you can’t believe they even bring them to someone. This is one of the reasons for me charging an upfront diagnostic fee so my time isn’t wasted diagnosing obvious junk that isn’t worth repairing. You know when one of these nasty ones comes in that it is usually beyond repair.
Well I recently had a pristine (or so I thought) metal cased HP convertible tablet/laptop come in. This is the type of unit competing directly with Apple as it was made with a solid metal body and had that modern sleek look. It looked perfect on the outside but wouldn’t power on. Well once opened it was quite apparent that it had gotten very wet inside sometime in the past. There was lots and lots of corrosion. Steel was rusted, connections with copper had that blue-green color, and the magnesium body had that white crusty corrosion yet it looked perfect on the outside. The guy admitted it had been left outside for several days during a raining period by a relative after I called him with the news.
This thing looked pristine on the outside and I never would have expected the interior condition after I opened it up. I am sure the same happens with cars. What are some funny stories mechanics have from working on cars owned by the general public? I am sure some come in that are washed and waxed weekly but haven’t seen an oil change. Let’s hear them!