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Dumb things you've done working on a car?

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Scooter79, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. hi_ryder

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    i did that too. think mine was a vs cluster in my vp. little smoke show in the cockpit. my wife was like "is it ment to do that? i was like yea thats how you know its working....
     
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    I copped side cutters to the face once. I replaced drive shafts on some car at work, and as I was putting the split pin in the end, my side cutters slipped off and wacked me right in the face. Don't ask me what car it was, I was too pissed off to take any notice.
     
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    Does it have to be a car.... When working on my pushie years ago, I was doing something to the crank/pedals. The spanner was on but it wasn't budging until suddenly it let go. The result.... My hand flew round in the arc and the knuckle of middle finger went straight onto the cog. It cut open, fractured the knuckle and lifted up..... Goose.....lol


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    Some good ones here . I had a hose split on a transmission under a bogger (underground wheel loader) needless to say 60ltrs of scorching hot ATF came down ontop of me . Not fun at all
     
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    wana s' charge stock vt and have :)

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    wrap the extractors with cheapo exhaust wrap on a30deg day wearing only boardshorts...


    lol and im still farkn itchy...



    painting a car without hardner was my best effort.. woops :D
     
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    I put 4L of Engine Oil in an Auto trans once.

    Luckily i realised what a ####wit i was before i started it so just dumped it all again.
     
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    On my VY SS I was hungover one morning stuffing around in the engine bay and when doing up the engine cover bolts I snapped not one, but two threads from not paying attention. Oops
     
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    was spray painting my new stroker motor and hadnt realised that i kicked the valve clean off the used oil drum releasing its 20l worth of black oil all over the shed floor :/
     
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    forgot to completely drain the engine of water and when i ripped off the inlet manifold i had water pour out down the valley into my oil and a couple of inlets, not to bad of a problem but still anoying to fix. also one time working on a pushie tightening the centre crank bolt and pushing the opposite way on the pedal, the spanner let go and the pedals came flying round and smacked me in the side of the head, felt awesome for a while and gave me a wild head ache.
     
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    DAKSTER Beam me up Scotty!

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    Changed the distributor on an 84 Subaru. Took me 3 days to get it running again. Firing order is obviously wrong but how?? Even called the RAC round to have a look, he left me with the opinion that the timing chain was on wrong.. though I hadn't touched that.

    3 days later, sitting watching tv.. have a brain wave. Go out and change the firing order, and fires up instantly. Distributors dont always turn in the same direction.. if only I had paid more attention whilst watching the rotor spin !
     
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    put fuel in my car at a petrol station with my car still going, wen i realised a **** myself lol
     
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    After purchasing my new VE SS, i went to put some petrol in (i always lock my car when re fueling), and i didnt know that the push in fuel cap wont open when the car is locked, i was cursing holden something chronic at the time, any way, i looked like a complete idiot trying to open the fuel cap until a lovely lady came over and told me what the problem was ..so embarrest.
     
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    Seems the oil change story happens to us all. I bought a used 300ZX and over the weekend decided to do an oil change. Got under the car, slipped the filter wrench around the filter and proceeded to crack the case. After numerous attempts I finally pierced the now mutilated filter with a screwdriver which finally did the trick, but after I finished removing the old filter I found I had broke the oil sending unit which was just above the filter. Do I change my oil now aymore? HELL NO.
     
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    A couple of things......
    1. Snapped the rocker cover bolt off the VB whilst changing rocker cover gasket. Screw replaced this. not too bad....
    2. Was replacing an exhaust on a mazda 3 when I started car for some reason (to hear what it sounded like without a muffler) whilst it was in gear. came off axle stands, bent them, car was fine, very lucky noone was underneath!
    3. Trying to change the coolant on my VX for first time when I broke a wire that went to knock sensor - had to go to mechanic.....
    4. In that service the oil was changed. Did the bung up waaaaaay too tight. Simply could not get it out. Ended up using a stilson wrench that destroyed the bung into a nice round shape - had to go to a mechanic...again.....
    5. Was lowering The VB onto ground when put nice dent in sill via not getting jack stand out of way. Thankfully this was before the respray!
    6. Was installing chrome exaust tip onto VB when the hammer I was using to belt it on bounced off the job and hit body work. Hello PDR......
    7. In painting the VB engine block, I removed the distibutor. In putting it back in would not start. Had to go to mechanic.....
    8. On VB the cigarette lighter fell out (as they do...) moved auto t-bar out of way to replace item. Done. Car won't start now. Started ripping apart ignition switch on column, then realise....car is in '1'. Bravo.
    9. In last VB tune up replaced all ingition parts and then spent next day trying to get car started. didn't plug in condensor lead. 'doh'

    In my defence each of these errors have been committed only once, have learnt from them...
     
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    jafo lurker since 2003

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    that reminds me of my vs commy first time having mag wheels and got a flat replaced with spare tyre drove off car felt funny pulled over tightened the nuts again drove off still felt funny got to where i was going took off spare and i had left the spacer on from the mag wheel so it wasnt seating properly
     
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    I've also done this, felt like a tool when racv come out....
     
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    Had the back of the old girl jacked up, I had taken the stands out, about to drop her down, I roll out reach up to pull my self up and smash, eye and forehead bang into the bottom of the towbar and ball, the thread leaves pretty lines and a black eye on your head....

    Completely Rebuilt the front end, felt awesome, done a good job, no noises, drove around for a couple of weeks until it started making grinding noises, regressed wheel bearings, nothing, got home, wheel off, disc off, bearing out only to realize that the nut on the bottom ball joint was about to come off..

    I don't think that would've ended pretty if she hadve dropped her guts on the road.

    My old mans apprentice a few years back was told to hold each lead on a ford 6cyl to check spark, 1st gave him a big zap, next one gave him a big zap, as well as the 3rd 4th 5th and 6th leads, the dumb arse had no idea.

    Run some rust converter down the back windo to get rod of some surface rust, painted it in bitumen paint, only to realize the next day that rust converter eats window rubber...... I had to re seal it.

    When I was 5ish, dad had the car up bleeding brakes, I thought he said let the jack down, so I did as I was told, nice and slow, he didn't realize I was letting it down until the car had all it's weight on his hand on a concrete slab!!!
    I would imagine that to be painful.
     
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    i did the same with a vs cluster in a vp, smoked up, took it back to you pull it and just said it wasnt the same one i needed, got to get a free vp cluster :D
     
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    aussieakito Holden Dealer Master Tech

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    Went to drain water from my pasta with a siv thing like you normally would except I was standing in the middle of the kitchen with noting under the siv

    Some how forgot that water is gonna go through it haha all over the floor

    Pretty stupid lnao
     
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    WazzaVN Wazza VN

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    I was driving home after upgrading my vp callipers one night thinking I got ripped off because there was a serious vibration. Anyway, said vibration slowly turned into a massive shuddering. I was still thinking it was the rotors or callipers at this point. When I got home and jacked it up I found I hadn't tightened my wheel nuts. Duuuuhhhhh lol.
     

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