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Reckless things you've done while working on cars #4712294
03/31/18 11:33 AM
03/31/18 11:33 AM
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California's Wine Country
SLO_Town Offline OP
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California's Wine Country
Hello:

One of my first jobs as a teenager was working at a Mobil gas station. The year was 1969. These were true full service facilities, unlike the convenience stores they are today.

When we used to do brake jobs we'd use compressed air to blow out all the brake dust. It would fill the service bays with a gigantic cloud of brownish-grey dust. What did we do? We walked back and forth, inhaling as deeply as possible. We loved the smell of that stuff!

For you younger folks, brake linings from the old days contained significant amounts of asbestos. Additionally, drum brakes did a great job at trapping the dust inside. Sometimes the inner workings were packed 1/4 thick with the stuff!

At least I never smoked!

Scott


03 BMW 330Ci (Euro Castrol 0W-30)
10 Honda Element (Kendall GT1 Max 5W-30)
11 BMW 328i (Euro Castrol 0W-30)
15 Ford Focus (Redline 5W-20)
Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712302
03/31/18 11:38 AM
03/31/18 11:38 AM
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Waco, TX
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I have done "quick jobs" using a jack only, thinking because it was a "fast or quick task" the danger is less....

(very flawed logic)


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Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712309
03/31/18 11:46 AM
03/31/18 11:46 AM
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Ozark Mountains
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While working at a gas station in a different life when I was a teenager and there were still gas stations that did oil changes etc., the owner had me clean an engine with what looked like a large oil can that was attached to an air hose.

In the can was gasoline to clean the engine. After I was done and there were gas fumes all over the shop I noticed that there was a natural gas heater hanging from the ceiling that had the pilot flame visible. They only thing that might have saved me was the gas fumes stayed lower than the flame.

Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: Linctex] #4712311
03/31/18 11:48 AM
03/31/18 11:48 AM
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California's Wine Country
SLO_Town Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
I have done "quick jobs" using a jack only, thinking because it was a "fast or quick task" the danger is less....

(very flawed logic)


I've made fast moves like that with an arm.

Scott


03 BMW 330Ci (Euro Castrol 0W-30)
10 Honda Element (Kendall GT1 Max 5W-30)
11 BMW 328i (Euro Castrol 0W-30)
15 Ford Focus (Redline 5W-20)
Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712330
03/31/18 12:01 PM
03/31/18 12:01 PM
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USA
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Any time I've done an oil change in a hurry.. something went bad.

Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712340
03/31/18 12:19 PM
03/31/18 12:19 PM
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I worked at my uncles Sunoco station near Big Flats, NY along old rt 17 (now 86) back in 1987. It was a full service station back then. We washed windows, checked the air pressure in tires, checked the oil level etc. We used a lot of Arco Graphite oil in a lot of cars back then! Ooh the horror!!!! Lol.

Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712346
03/31/18 12:24 PM
03/31/18 12:24 PM
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Michigan
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When I first got into the auto industry, I was a dealership tech. Apprenticed under another tech through the GM ASEP program. This particular knucklehead move was after the apprenticeship, when I didn't have a babysitter watching over me.

Being the most inexperienced in the shop, my two bays were right next to the brake lathe, which was always filthy because techs are slobs when it comes to shop equipment. I told the shop foreman that I'd keep the brake lathe tidy and clean if he'd get me a shop vac for the purpose. He nabbed an old shop vac from our prep and detailing area and I was in business.

After about six months, the shop vac was filthy, so I gave it a quick spray down with some brake clean. I know what you're thinking: Brake clean is flammable dummy! I knew that and I gave ample time for any excess brake clean to evaporate... or at least I thought it was ample time. Turns out, it takes longer to evaporate from the little nooks and crannies in the motor.

When I turned it on, it erupted into a fireball. Being quick on my feet, I unplugged it (couldn't turn it off from the switch being it was on fire, ya know), kicked it toward the middle of the shop (away from any customer vehicles), and grabbed a fire extinguisher.

So there it was: A shop vac rolling across the shop, on fire, with me chasing after it with a fire extinguisher.

The next day, I plugged it back in and flipped it on. After a massive puff of residual dry chemical powder, it worked fine. I used it every week until I left. Never did clean it again, though.

Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: MrHorspwer] #4712349
03/31/18 12:30 PM
03/31/18 12:30 PM
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OH
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I hope that didn't happen on a Monday morning. A Friday afternoon fire ball would have been much better. laugh

Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712351
03/31/18 12:31 PM
03/31/18 12:31 PM
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Texas
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Changed a clutch and pressure plate on a '64 Ford Galaxy 390 using 2 bumper jacks.
I was 19 and indestructible.


2009 Galant-ultra oil and filter
1987 Ford F-150 302
Smittys 5-30
Motorcraft filter
Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712366
03/31/18 12:42 PM
03/31/18 12:42 PM
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Canada
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I was extracting the oil from the dip stick tube on my last Focus when I decided it would be a great time to swap out some PS fluid. After Extracting all the engine oil, I moved onto the PS res. After I evacuated all I could from it, I decided to fill and drain it a few times by starting the engine to circulate the new PS fluid.

Silly me, I forgot the engine was empty of oil duh
I quickly shut off the engine after a few turns when I noticed it didn't sound quite right.



06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712374
03/31/18 12:51 PM
03/31/18 12:51 PM
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Canada
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Canada
Apart from using jacks without jackstands. The worst for me was using a grinder while the fuel line was disconnected and exposed. I only had a sheet of cardboard separating the sparks from the fuel line.


03 Neon 2.0 - VSP 5W-30 Pentius XL
Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712400
03/31/18 01:28 PM
03/31/18 01:28 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio, TX
one stupid thing I did was i tried to extract some oil from the dipstick tube. I couldn't get my pump to work so i thought Id siphon it using my mouth. I got a breath full of motor oil fumes. It was horrible.


1984 Mercedes-Benz 300SD - 100k
1995 F150 XL 4.9 reg cab 5MT - 251k 5w30
2016 Mazda6 Touring 6MT - 57k 10w30
2006 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.8 31k 5w30
Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712412
03/31/18 01:49 PM
03/31/18 01:49 PM
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Texas
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Drove my wife's scion xb off the rhino ramps on one side. Had to jack the car up to get it down.

I was scared.


'11 Hyundai Sonata GLS
'11 Scion XB
Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: JustinH] #4712424
03/31/18 02:15 PM
03/31/18 02:15 PM
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CA, USA
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I have gotten great use of out my 16K lb pair of ramps--they have more than paid for themselves already.

But I gotta say I wish they were wider and longer. I think about this every time I drive up them.

Originally Posted By: JustinH
Drove my wife's scion xb off the rhino ramps on one side. Had to jack the car up to get it down.

I was scared.


2005 Toyota Sienna LE; 156,000 miles
1998 Honda Civic DX; 202,000 miles
Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town] #4712439
03/31/18 02:36 PM
03/31/18 02:36 PM
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Cincinnati, OH, USA
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First engine I ever pulled-230 inline 6 out of my old '68 Nova, using a come-a-long and a tow rope off the crossbeam in my Mom's garage (I was 18 at the time). It came out upside down and backwards!


06 Ram 3500 CTD 4X4(FG Venturi), 93 GMC C3500 6.2, 89 F-450 7.3, 98 XJ 4.0(XG8A), 05 xB(XG3600), 18 Transit 3.7, 03 Merc Grand Marquis 4.6 2V(XG2)
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