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Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? #4682305
03/02/18 01:10 PM
03/02/18 01:10 PM
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Michigan
ZZman Offline OP
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Not really. Been burned a little and scrapes and cuts but nothing hospital worthy.


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Motul 7100 10w-40 and K&N
Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682310
03/02/18 01:16 PM
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Canada
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Got a burn from an exhaust mani on a 92 Corolla once.
Never quite healed properly so now I have a scar.

Aside from that, safety is my main concern when completing auto repairs. I always consider all options on how to complete a task the easiest, and safest way.

Nothing worse than being physically harmed after you've completed a job.


06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
Say "no" to Turbo!
Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682315
03/02/18 01:25 PM
03/02/18 01:25 PM
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Slovenia EU
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Slovenia EU
One week ago...truck's driveshaft vs my finger smile I am resting at home now.
..everything is ok!



2008 Toyota Yaris 1ND-TV 1.4 D4-D Elf FullTech FE 5w30
1997 Toyota Landcruiser KZJ95 3.0 TD Shell Rimula R6M 10w40
Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682323
03/02/18 01:29 PM
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Chicago,IL,USA
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The original car tire implement in my '95 Hyundai Accent Hatchback let go. (thin rusty plate as a base)
Luckily I had the wheel under the frame.

The car "of love"/I worked the most on was the '04 Elantra.

The rest, plenty of scrapes and cuts.


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Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682325
03/02/18 01:32 PM
03/02/18 01:32 PM
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West Yorkshire, UK
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I was hospitalised from push bike repairs when I was 8 or 9. I was cleaning my chain and my finger got caught between the chainwheel teeth and went all the way round. I lost the end of the bone on my finger, was nothing left to stitch so left it to heal naturally (I had to wear a special finger bag to keep it clean for many weeks, but grew back well, still got the scar.

Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682329
03/02/18 01:35 PM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
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Wow. Hate to see anyone getting hurt. Scraped knuckles, dirt in my eye (I try to wear safety glasses now), sore arms from overreaching with a grease gun. The most hazardous thing for me is getting tired and impatient. I sometimes forget to put wheel blocks behind the rear wheels when the fronts are on the ramps or don't bother to get the tires perfectly centered on the ramps. A guy has to take it slow and do it right. I have to keep reminding myself.

Last edited by Snagglefoot; 03/02/18 01:36 PM.

If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: NGRhodes] #4682336
03/02/18 01:40 PM
03/02/18 01:40 PM
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Michigan
ZZman Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: NGRhodes
I was hospitalised from push bike repairs when I was 8 or 9. I was cleaning my chain and my finger got caught between the chainwheel teeth and went all the way round. I lost the end of the bone on my finger, was nothing left to stitch so left it to heal naturally (I had to wear a special finger bag to keep it clean for many weeks, but grew back well, still got the scar.


Too weird, me too!


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Motul 7100 10w-40 and K&N
Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682347
03/02/18 01:45 PM
03/02/18 01:45 PM
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Displaced Texan in Mexico City
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Displaced Texan in Mexico City
Worst for me was a 2nd degree burn on my forearm from touching a hot exh manifold. After many many cuts and busted knuckles I now wear mechanics gloves. I always adhere to safety rules, having only 1 usable arm I can't afford to hurt my good arm.

Last edited by Gimpy1; 03/02/18 01:48 PM.
Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682359
03/02/18 01:54 PM
03/02/18 01:54 PM
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Ohio
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Ohio
Got a scare when I was working under the MG bleeding the clutch and dripped brake fluid in my eye. NOT FUN. Looked at the bottle of brake fluid and it said "in case of eye contact, flush with water and seek medical attention immediately". Called the poison control hotline after flushing with water, and they said if it gets worse after flushing with water for a few minutes, then get to the ER. All turned out OK, but it sure burned. That's what I get for not wearing full goggles instead of safety glasses.


2015 Honda Pilot EX AWD Valvoline 0W-20 Bosch filter
1977 MG Midget Valvoline VR-1 20W-50 Bosch Filter
Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682360
03/02/18 01:54 PM
03/02/18 01:54 PM
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Charlotte, NC
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Several times, twice seriously.


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If Noah had used Zip, he could have used a smaller boat.
Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682366
03/02/18 01:58 PM
03/02/18 01:58 PM
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MN
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MN
Many times. Burns, cuts, bruises, broken finger, back spasms. Anywhere from "eh put a band-aid on it" to "hey boss... I gotta go to urgent care".

Comes with the territory!


2013 Chevrolet Volt - Saves enough in fuel to pay for itself!

2003 Cadillac Seville STS - The winter "beater", it uses the Volt's fuel
Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682382
03/02/18 02:20 PM
03/02/18 02:20 PM
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California
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California
My dad was diagnosing a noise on a VW Beetle engine and used a long screwdriver as a stethoscope. The screwdriver hit a weight on the generator pulley and flew towards his face. Luckily it missed his eye and grazed his ear. So much blood came out of that little ear Nick that I thought we were taking a trip to the ER. The neighbor heard the commotion and brought over some wound seal. That stuff sealed it up fast.

Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682385
03/02/18 02:25 PM
03/02/18 02:25 PM
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UT
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Nope. Sure, I've had the minor burns, cuts, and abrasions that anyone who has ever worked on cars has experienced. But I've never broke a bone. Never had a cut that has required stitches.


2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i - Idemitsu 0W-20 & Mobil 1 filter
2007 Mercedes SL550 - M1M 5W-40 & MB OEM filter
Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682387
03/02/18 02:25 PM
03/02/18 02:25 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Yep. Worst was 5 smashed toes. I was maybe 17 and worked after school at a repair shop. They had a 390 Ford engine on an engine stand. They asked me to remove the heads. I got all the head bolts out and stuck a bar into a port to pry a head off.

It came off in a hurry.fell on to my toes! While I screamed in pain the now unbalanced engine spun upside down. Once up side down the other head fell off and landed on the other one which was still on my toes.


02 Wrangler carlube 5w30
87 F250 traveler 15w40
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Re: Ever really hurt yourself doing car repairs? [Re: ZZman] #4682394
03/02/18 02:35 PM
03/02/18 02:35 PM
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Alberta, Canada
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I didn't notice that the pivot bolt (where the jack handle meets the jack body) came out of my floor jack while under full power jacking up the car with one arm. Effectively it was the equivalent of taking a metal pipe in my fist and smashing my fist palm side down on the concrete as hard as I could.

Upon impact, the skin blew open on the end of my right hand ring finger about 3/4 inch long with tissue I wish I could un-see erupting out. 4 stiches....1/4 inch section of it is still numb a year later.

Smarted a bit. I was more grossed out than anything....I hate the sight of my own wounds.

Moral of the story check equipment periodically.


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05 LeSabre 3.8L-210Kkms(134Kmi)-PP,Wix
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