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#4712294 - 03/31/18 11:33 AM Reckless things you've done while working on cars
SLO_Town Offline


Registered: 03/03/11
Posts: 672
Loc: 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
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#4712302 - 03/31/18 11:38 AM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6186
Loc: Waco, TX
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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#4712309 - 03/31/18 11:46 AM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
callbay Offline


Registered: 05/29/05
Posts: 815
Loc: Ozark Mountains
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.

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#4712311 - 03/31/18 11:48 AM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: Linctex]
SLO_Town Offline


Registered: 03/03/11
Posts: 672
Loc: California's Wine Country
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
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#4712330 - 03/31/18 12:01 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 3025
Loc: USA
Any time I've done an oil change in a hurry.. something went bad.

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#4712340 - 03/31/18 12:19 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
ridgerunner Offline


Registered: 01/14/09
Posts: 809
Loc: PA
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.

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#4712346 - 03/31/18 12:24 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
MrHorspwer Offline


Registered: 12/18/06
Posts: 1428
Loc: Michigan
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.

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#4712349 - 03/31/18 12:30 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: MrHorspwer]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10338
Loc: OH
I hope that didn't happen on a Monday morning. A Friday afternoon fire ball would have been much better. laugh

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#4712351 - 03/31/18 12:31 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
Dallas69 Offline


Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 1678
Loc: Texas
Changed a clutch and pressure plate on a '64 Ford Galaxy 390 using 2 bumper jacks.
I was 19 and indestructible.
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#4712366 - 03/31/18 12:42 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
Lolvoguy Offline


Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 2393
Loc: Canada
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.

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#4712374 - 03/31/18 12:51 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
Run Offline


Registered: 06/07/15
Posts: 720
Loc: 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.
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#4712400 - 03/31/18 01:28 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
E150GT Offline


Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 1155
Loc: 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.
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#4712412 - 03/31/18 01:49 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
JustinH Offline


Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 5204
Loc: Texas
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.
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#4712424 - 03/31/18 02:15 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: JustinH]
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Registered: 08/14/15
Posts: 770
Loc: CA, USA
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.
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#4712439 - 03/31/18 02:36 PM Re: Reckless things you've done while working on cars [Re: SLO_Town]
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Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 7740
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
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!
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