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Old 04-07-2010, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default What is the dumbest thing you ever did while working on your car?

I did search, but found no threads on "dumbest thing you've done while working on your car".

Let me start. Let's limit to 2.

1. Spending >2 hours trying to remove rear rotors with e-brake on.

2. Spending >5 hours trying to put back the strut without jacking up other corner.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:08 PM   #2
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I'll give it a shot...

1. Buying a crappy, leaky OEM uppipe and installing it. Finding the leak, bitching about it, redoing the entire install again because I thought it was bad gaskets. Bought new gaskets. Did the install again. Still leaked. The part was bad the entire time. Super-mega-fun leak somewhere under the heatshield. Many freezing cold days wasted in the garage. It was a learning experience. Lesson learned.

2. Flushing my cooling system. Necessary, but what a mess.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:50 AM   #3
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1. Leaving tools under the hood (used to inventoried tool boxes, thought I had everything in mine, should have known better)
2. Not chocking the back wheels or using jackstands while changing brakes using a scissor jack (back before I knew better, in the 300 dollar car days)
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:52 AM   #4
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1. changing the oil in my 1972 chevelle ss396 i went to take the ratchet set out the front seat and after i swung the big huge heavy door open to get the ratchet set out it swung closed just as fast and smacked the ratchet set out of my hand leaving a 2 inch gash in the paint on my quarter panel.

2. tightening the positive battery terminal on my 06 wrx i let go of the ratchet while it was still on the battery terminal it swung back down and landed in my AC line and made a huge arc flash good thing i had an insulated screw driver and i lifted it off the AC line.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:59 AM   #5
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...good thing i had an insulated screw driver and i lifted it off the AC line.
You would have been fine. Maybe an oven mitt to remove the ratchet, but no risk of shock!
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:08 AM   #6
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You would have been fine. Maybe an oven mitt to remove the ratchet, but no risk of shock!
my hand would have been burnt dude. thats straight DC voltage the wrench was screamin hot. no risk of shock but burn yes
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:18 AM   #7
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I did search, but found no threads on "dumbest thing you've done while working on your car".

Let me start. Let's limit to 2.

1. Spending >2 hours trying to remove rear rotors with e-brake on.


2. Spending >5 hours trying to put back the strut without jacking up other corner.
I've done this but it was about a half hour.

I've left a wrench on my strut tower and then drove 200 miles before noticing
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:22 AM   #8
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Painting my lip before test fitting it

And today forgetting how close I was to the tree behind me (parked about an inch away from it... rolled right back into it while paying attention to something else..
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:22 AM   #9
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spending about 30 minutes trying to figure out why my hood won't shut all the way w/ the new top mount and splitter, getting quite pissed...
Then seeing a wrench sitting near the plastic radiator cover piece keeping it from locking shut...
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:29 AM   #10
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This is probably the dumbest thing:

Was too lazy to drive the car in reverse to get car off the Rhino ramp, so I pushed the car off the ramp with driver side door open (thinking I can stop it myself). Ended up damaging the door when car rolled backward - luckily door got jammed on me + garage door and stopped the car ($1500 damage).
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:33 AM   #11
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Oh I have another good one, sorry if Im going over my 2 limit
I bought a 91 Geo from this guy who had this great idea to make it into a "performance" car he basically gutted the interior, put a performance steering wheel, msd ignition, projector and angel eye lights on, and some other stuff I forget. He also had it sanded and primered, just never had the chance to paint it. So one night after work I got bored and decided to rattle can it black. Again being young and stupid I did it in my garage, after about 3 cans I finished, thinking it looked good and called it a night. The next morning I pulled out to let it air dry a bit more, I went back inside and discovered the magic of spray paint and aerosol, lucky me mom didnt get to mad over it and her boyfriends cavalier was a pos
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:38 AM   #12
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1. Instaled 4 pot calipers with bleed screw down and couldnt for the life of me figure out why i couldnt get all the air out.

2. re installed transmission got everything lined up after changing the clutch(4th time changing clutch on a subaru 10th time having the transmission or engine out completely) and started to tighten down the bell housing when i realized i forgot the clutch fork.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:45 AM   #13
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forgetting to tighten one of the pieces holding down the camshaft. Turned on car, snapped one of the cams :-(
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:49 AM   #14
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I'll have a go.... Was outside washing my car and spraying down the engine bay, had placed a bag over the intake filter (K&N Ram intake) so as not to soak it. Little brother comes out to hear it start up....needless to say I shrink wrapped my filter.

Side Note: Called K&N and told them exactly what I did, they sent me a free replacement, props to K&N for that!
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:05 AM   #15
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This is probably the dumbest thing:

Was too lazy to drive the car in reverse to get car off the Rhino ramp, so I pushed the car off the ramp with driver side door open (thinking I can stop it myself). Ended up damaging the door when car rolled backward - luckily door got jammed on me + garage door and stopped the car ($1500 damage).
I started reading this and thought you were my brother. He did the exact same thing. haha
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:26 AM   #16
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Back when I was in high school I knew just enough about cars to get me into trouble. At the time I had an '84 Z28 that had been pretty much set up for the track by the guy I bought it from. It had switches for the fuel pump, electric fan, water pump... anyhow, at some point I had turned the fuel pump on and tried to start the car inside my grandpa's shop(barn) but it flooded and wouldn't start and I didn't have time to mess with it because I had to go somewhere so I shut everything down and left in my pickup. Next day I came back out and managed to get it started, however, the oil drain plug had a slight leak so there was about a 6" wide oil puddle under the car that also had some fuel in it from flooding the car bad the day before. At the time I had no exhaust system (only headers) and upon startup, saw flames shoot up from underneath the car. I freaked, threw the sliding shop door open and backed the car out but in my frenzy didn't manage to pull the door closed enough while practically launching the car out of the shop in reverse and ended up messing the front of the door and the front fender up a little but DID make it out in time to put out the fire with a garden hose and not cause any damage otherwise.
Lesson learned, haha...
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:45 AM   #17
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Cut bumper for FMIC over 20times because I wanted it to be a perfect fit, but ended up with a crappy cut anyway...Next time measure 19 times and cut once
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:00 AM   #18
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-cross threaded a control arm mounting bolt. had to track down an $80 helicoil kit and then buy a new drill just to use it.


-tonight I had my transmission out of the car because I didn't seal the pcv cover on the back of the block well enough and it was leaking a pretty significant amount of oil.

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Old 04-08-2010, 07:49 AM   #19
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my hand would have been burnt dude. thats straight DC voltage the wrench was screamin hot. no risk of shock but burn yes
Yes, hence my comment of "oven mitt." Luckily it just superheated your steel wrench and not melt the A/C line which is mostly aluminum throughout the engine bay!
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:50 AM   #20
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Yes, hence my comment of "oven mitt." Luckily it just superheated your steel wrench and not melt the A/C line which is mostly aluminum throughout the engine bay!
or exploded the battery... that would have REALLY ruined his day
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:58 AM   #21
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Changing the oil in my girlfriend's old Ford Escape, I forgot to put the oil drain plug back in before I refilled it with oil haha... Yeah.
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:15 AM   #22
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1. Reconnecting lines in the wrong order and pressurizing my coolant system with fuel... (this was on a Jetta Turbo).

2. Using too large a torque wrench on an intake manifold and cracking all the ears... (I forget what kind of car this was on, for a friend)
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:24 AM   #23
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1. Spending >2 hours trying to remove rear rotors with e-brake on.
1. I did that too but only about 20 minutes.

2. Forced a spark plug into the head, crossthreading it and ensuring it would never come out. Luckily the car still ran OK and was old enough that it never needed new plugs again.

3. Just remembered the worst one: worked under my car alone while it was only supported by a crappy cinder block or something. The support failed and the car almost crushed my chest; luckily there was enough clearance for me to wiggle out.
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:29 AM   #24
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While unbolting stuck exhaust bolts on my truck the wrench broke free and i managed to punch myself in the face. And the latest scare was while replacing my clutch line and not thinking ahead to disconnect the battery, ended up arching my wrench on the starter and almost frying it.
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:31 AM   #25
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In my saturn, changed spark plugs and did some other things. Didn't reconnect the wires fully(didnt push them in all the way onto the spark plug). Spent 15min and killed the battery trying to start it. Kept checking everything until i went to change the plugs again and realised what happened.

Another retarded one, changing the break pads spent 30min with a breaker bar trying to get the bolt off until my grandpa walks out and tells me I think its tight enough already...I was turning it the wrong way.
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