10-Year-Old Chinese Auto Mechanic Kicked Out Of School

From Mop & Tiexue:

10-year-old boy: Forced out of school, his “hobby” is being an auto mechanic

He is only 10-years-old, his height at most 1 meter, and his name is atypical: Wang Wei. However, his ability is even more atypical: He already has 4-5 years of work experience, and he is already a skilled auto mechanic.

Don’t believe it? Please take a look at the photographs—-

1. This is a private tire repair shop in the Bijie suburbs of Guizhou province. On July 8th afternoon, when I came here to fix my tire, this bare-chested guy happened to be adding grease to a large vehicle.

A 10-year-old Chinese boy is a skilled car repairman.

2. “You…you can dismount and repair tires?”

“Why can’t I? Are you underestimating me? Of course I can! I’ve been coming to the auto repair shop often since 4-5 years ago, just watching I’ve learned how.” He said this while bringing over a socket wrench and breaker bar and heh, look, he really did loosen that lug nut!

A small Chinese boy removes lug nuts from a car.

3. When to use his hands, when to use his feet; where to pull, what to twist, he was methodical, orderly, and very familiar with using the modern tire removal tool.

He truly is a skilled child tire repairman.

10-year-old Chinese boy is an experienced car mechanic.

4. My god, what a pity—-before I could get my camera on him, he used his two small hands, his two small legs, and his gaunt chest to grab, lift, and up, the 20-25kg tire was efficiently removed and lying on the “operating table” that half his height, obediently awaiting his “diagnosis”.

This only increased my respect towards him.

A 10-year-old Chinese boy dismounts a tire.

5. Little Wang Wei said while working that he just turned 10-years-old this year. He studied at Bijie 16 Primary School, and finished sixth grade last school year but when he went to register for the next school year, the teacher said his grades were not good, and would not let him register.

“Although my grades are not good, I am not naughty, and am disciplined/observe the rules. However, I too don’t know why, but the teacher still puts me in the last row [of the classroom]. I am short/small, and the classmates in front of me are all taller than me, so I can’t see the blackboard, can’t see the teacher, so of course my grades will become even worse.”

A 10-year-old Chinese boy is a skilled car mechanic.

6. “Look, I told you it must be a nail, and you were afraid it wasn’t. It’s this big wood screw—-Relax, I guarantee your tire will be fine!”

A 10-year-old Chinese boy holds a screw.

7. It turns out that this tire repair shop is owned by his uncle, and the main technician is this older brother wearing the yellow shirt. Little Wang Wei said, him working here is not because someone hired him to be child labor, that he doesn’t get paid, so him fixing cars is completely something he does as a “hobby”.

A 10-year-old Chinese boy works at a tire repair shop in China.

8. So does he plan to rely this, fixing cars, to make his living in the future? He said he hasn’t thought about this question, but, he wants to go to school, and next school year, he wants to find a school to attend. “Only thing is I don’t know is will the school want/accept me?”

A 10-year-old Chinese boy is a skilled car mechanic.

After fixing/mending the tire, his little friends invited Wang Wei to go bathing and swimming.

Seeing him and his friends walking away arm in arm laughing, I thought: If I were a teacher, I would accept little Wang Wei to my class to learn, and give him a seat appropriate for his height.

What about you teachers looking at this group of photos?

Comments from Mop:


Continue working, and in the future he will definitely become the world’s number one auto mechanic.


What kind of teacher is this?
When I think back to when I was going to school, my grades weren’t very good either.
Our junior high separated the students, those children whose grades were poor not allowed to go to school.
My parents had to give over 8000 [RMB] so that I could [continue] to go to school…
Eventually I was able to get accepted into high school…
Not letting such a small child go on, isn’t this teacher being too cruel?


In reality, this kind of thing in society has always been happening, just undiscovered/unnoticed!


Even if this child doesn’t go the route of going to school, learning, and then working,
simply based on his clever skill,
his willingness to work hard, he will definitely become an outstanding technician.
While I’m at it, an outstanding technician doesn’t necessarily make less money than a white collar worker.
ps: I am a girl, I like mechanical engineering, but was forced to learn applied mathematics by my family after the gaokao [a standardized university entrance examination], and became a teaching student [to become a teacher later].
However I like mechanical things, so I secretly went to technical school to learn how to operate excavators and forklifts during my vacations,
and now already have a special operating license.
Operating the excavator I always have a sense of pride and achievement, and now, as I am almost about to graduate, with that garbage second-rate diploma I have, there aren’t many companies that want to hire me, whereas forklift and excavator operators at construction and engineering sites are actually in high demand. What more =。= the wages are not the least bit low.
I now really regret having gone to a second-rate university and what more, studied mathematics for teaching.
The most important thing was that I didn’t like [what I was learning], so everyday going to class was torture.
The only pity is that my family is opposed, so I can only accept the path my family has prepared for me after graduation and teach mathematics in an elementary school…
I don’t want to say anymore, talking about this makes me sad…


If China wants to do something, it should first do something to improve the education system.


A tire is something a child simply isn’t capable of moving, and screwing on lug nuts is even harder. If he it is screwed on too loose, the car will be damaged…

He should go to school.


In the sixth grade, the students with poor grades will pull down the average grade of the graduating class. In this society where pay is linked with performance, he has become a sacrifice.


When he grows up he will definitely become a great mechanic. If he can get on an F1 team, then his possibilities are endless!


Work hard, and who knows, maybe one day he will be an automotive mogul.


In the Heavenly Kingdom [nickname for China], schools and hospitals are used to increase the government departments’ income.
What educating of people and imparting of knowledge? What saving of lives and nursing the hurt? We’re out now~~~~~
Damn social morals, damn twisted values, damn development!

Damn chinaSMACK personals.

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  • Hardcore. But still, get this kid into a real school.

    • Chiiinaaa

      Difficult, never seen a real school in China…


  • John

    I certainly wouldn’t let him fix my car. Where’s the auto-mechanic skill in replacing a tyre?
    He should take a tyre to school, and stand on it, so he can see the board.
    Tosh! Complete tosh! Have you got any real stories to report?

    • Fauna


      • SLX

        LMFAO… that answer just cracked me up.

        • The-last-emperor

          [link removed]
          they got something newsworthy for every story run-out you face baby.

          • Angry Mike

            Way to advertise your parking page so you can get a commission for every click, fuck off.

      • that is why I love you

      • lol, Fauna you so funny. you wanna tell me why my comments take forever to post(sometimes I just give up posting)? IS IT CAUSE I BROKE YOUR HEART?

        [Note from Fauna: I don’t know. Your comments are automatically in Spam. Try next time without your Wikipedia link.]

  • aberid

    Bring him to the states.
    You have to pay in China to go to school? Lots of kids here are “special” yet continue to learn, with some free lunch too.

  • aberid

    Bring him to the states.
    You have to pay in China to go to school? Lots of kids here are “special” yet continue to learn, with some free biscuits at lunch too.

  • *Yawn*

    More college girls selling themselves for Gucci bags, please.

  • Supreme_Leader

    See – this kid is doing much better than Brother Diploma! Shame on that homeless college kid. But wait a minute… they both have the same fashion sense… This kid could come to Pyongyang and be my own personal mechanic – Chumbadiumbiseyo!

  • Keninchina

    what about a story on guangzhou tv having to broadcast in mandarin, and the general cantonese public are like “what? if you dont speak cantonese, then get the hell out of Canton!”

  • The-last-emperor

    Hope the car owner only drives through empty roads. I don’t even want to see those loose tyres off during peak hours.

  • The-last-emperor

    This story just shows how irresponsible, motherfuking parents this kid has. Upon being told you can come to school, one should try another. Bet his fucking father is home watching tv or playing majhong while the Karate kid enjoys being exploited.
    Fauna, cmon, fuck off. Put some cctv news instead of this shit, who cares how many tyres the boy can shoulder, we want to see funny shit

    • Alikese

      Not everyone needs to get a college degree, the world needs ditch diggers too….

      He wasn’t gifted enough to stay in school, so the father’s train of thought was probably “you’re not going to sit around the house all day watching TV, make yourself useful and go to your uncle’s shop.” At least he’s learning a trade now.

      • The-last-emperor

        Gifted enough to go to school? Who isn’t gifted enough to go to middle-school?

        • Alikese

          Pusan Playa wasn’t gifted enough to go to middle school.

    • InstantNoodles

      Schools accept students by residence districts. Seeing the kid is lacking in marks and the parents are likely lacking in bribery cash, the kid can’t easily go to another school.

  • I need a mechanic someone ship him to my house to fix my ride

  • Woopma

    I think it is fabricated to some degree.

    “My god, what a pity—-before I could get my camera on him, he used his two small hands, his two small legs, and his gaunt chest to grab, lift, and up, the 20-25kg tire—”

    The guy managed to get pictures of him removing the tire beforehand, but not of him lifting the tire?

    He couldn’t say “wait–I need a picture of this” or anything?

    This is a lie. The boy could not and did not lift that tire on his own.

    And if that was a lie, what else of this story is a lie? Is it hard to believe that someone in the countryside of China would lie for a little fame?

  • Brother River Crab

    pppppst.. I’m not impressed.

    Pick up a 2 packs a day habit by 11, then come and talk to me.

  • tonytony

    Someone should tell that kid you never put a hub-cap face down, it could get scratched

  • vito

    How can this article surprise u? This is just a grain of sand. Come one, this is China, the country where nobody cares about others. Bloodless ppl!!

  • tig hehe

    anyway i am shocked when seeing this.i prefer to believe
    it to inspire myself to work harder.

  • Joe

    I haven’t read the article yet, but what the Jesus-tapdancing-Christ is atypical about the name Wang Wei???????

  • i need my car fixed

  • TCSiang

    The world should thank you for doing all and these much to highlight hidden talent unaware and their potential unappreciated by the established system which happens not only in China, but all over the world. Perhaps your effort may awaken those who are in power/authority at the area to do the right thing immediately.

  • Wei Longdong

    It’s called a torque wrench! It makes sure the wheel nuts are done up sufficiently tight! If your gonna teach the kid to change tires do it right! You can see by the state of the place he ain’t putting Bridgestones on Hondas.

    Changing tires isn’t being a mechanic it’s called being a tire monkey. When he can reprogram EFI and replace piston rings he’ll have graduated to dogsbody mechanic.

  • Jordan

    Yeah, this kid is good, but adding grease and fixing a flat is hardly auto mechanic.

  • Tamara

    As an American educator, my perspective is this:

    1. The child speaks truth. He needs a school and a seat where he can see and hear the teacher.

    2. The child wants an education. Adults need to advocate for him and help him.

    3. The child has a strong work ethic and clearly has a qualities admirable in any member of global society. He is willing to challenge himself physically and he is WILLING to challenge himself academically. We do not know is academic skills or challenges but he is WILLING TO WORK at academics and at physically challenging tasks as well.

    In America, I know a boy who at age 10 assisted in fixing vehicles. His skills increased and the pay increased. Learning any skill is never a waste of time and spending a day working is admirable.

    No one should joke about this child’s situation. The adults who are aware of him, should advocate for him. Send his story to Han Han. Send his story to schools and teachers. ADVOCATE for him.

    The result will be that as an adult he will bless society with his strengths and his skills.

    Who will find out who he is and advocate for him?

    In America, children also need advocates, and in America I know a boy who struggled to understand his school work, but he was volunteering in an auto shop when he was 10. He was later replacing engines. His reading skills improved as he studied at age 12 a book for students 4 years older. It was a textbook for an auto repair class.

    Think creatively and help this child to become educated! Don’t just talk about it online. Someone advocate for this child! Invest in his future! Look at other children around you. Help them too!

  • Tamara

    I challenge all who know this child to help him get a good education in China. If he is not accepted at a school, perhaps a kind teacher and other adults can educate him at home and teach him as much as possible, because he is WILLING to be educated and he DESIRES to be educated.

    The only options I am aware of are for American Education online. From BYU’s website I copied information below.

    My 12 year old auto mechanic friend took a class from BYU. The education was paid for online by credit card. The classes are offered online.

    “BYU Independent Study is a distance education program that offers online and paper/pencil courses for anyone, anytime, anywhere. We offer almost 600 university, high school, middle school, and personal enrichment courses that can help students make up credit, graduate on time, enhance their curriculum, or earn university credit. Students can sign up at anytime and have one year to complete each course, allowing them to work at their own pace. All courses are accredited and are generally transferable to other educational institutions. BYU Independent Study is known as an organization with integrity, and our primary goal is to help students receive a high-quality, affordable education.”

    We are a global society and all adults have the responsibility to help children.

  • NIck

    give him a bloody education, and maybe he’ll turn out to be an engineer one day

  • Tom12GA

    I just hope that Wang Wei wasn’t the VW mechanic in the earlier in the VW article. No matter how skilled brother Wang is, I don’t think he can un-pimp the VeeDub.

  • YuUkI

    at least he looks like he’s enjoying what he’s doing!

  • Ren

    Oh my god. Anybody please help him.

    Eventhough this boy has good skills. How could the boy that can’t study jr. high has bright future?

    Please go to school then study vocational or engineering (or at least high school so he can read some English text) and then work after that.

    Screw that retard teacher!

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  • Shui

    with fund and education, am sure this kid can easily get into MIT.

  • Chee Bye

    it’s a perodua kembara a k a daihatsu terios… wow..

  • john digmeme

    Just noticed in pics 2 & 5 there is a Philadelphia Eagles (NFL team) sticker on the wheel clamp (?). Random. I always wondered if, since everything is made in China, workers take spare wares from the factories in which they work. Question answered.

    • That’s odd. I’ve seen clothes for sale in China in a street market with foreign price tags marked in pounds Sterling on them. I didn’t know whether these tags were already attached in the factory and this was surplus stuff that the foreign buyer didn’t take or these goods had been all the way to Europe and back again after it didn’t sell. That case was a bit weird. I don’t know about workers taking stuff, but obviously you can buy similar “made in China” stuff in China as in the West and the prices on the electrical goods for example seemed similar.

  • J Howlett

    Hats off to the little man. Bravo!

    I hope the likes of F1 of MotoGP spots this kid and give him a sponsorship to attend a “proper” school where he can learn more conventional skills (reading, writing, maths, languages for example), without sabotaging his “hobby”.

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