How to fix a non-magnetic, non-fibrous metal in your car
A man in South Carolina is using a combination of high-tech tools and magnets to remove a metal defect in his car.
John W. Johnson, 63, has been using the magnets for months.
He says the magnet will be in place for a while.
“I know it’s not very good,” Johnson said.
“It doesn’t bend.
It won’t bend when you push on it.
So I can’t get rid of it.”
Johnson is using two different kinds of magnets.
The first is a nonferrous, metal-reinforced plastic called a carbon-fiber alloy, or CFIA.
Johnson says it works like a regular magnetic, and that it is magnetic because of the magnetic properties of the metal it’s bonded to.
Johnson is trying to remove the metal defect with a regular magnet.
“The magnet is attached to a piece of plastic, which I don’t have to use a whole lot of force with, and it’s a very thin piece of paper that I can hold in my hand,” Johnson told NBC News.
Johnson says he has found a solution to the defect with the use of a piece that he says is more than 30 feet long.
Johnson said he had a friend in the hospital and is willing to pay a $3,000 deductible to fix the defect.
Johnson said the problem can be repaired with a drill, a bit of pliers, or some other tool.
He said the magnetic replacement will take about an hour to complete.