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Old 01-10-2018, 07:28 PM   #1
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Things that make you cringe

Before i start,this thread is intended for automotive horror stories. Things you've ran across working on cars,things you've seen happen to cars,etc.
Now I've got a ton of these here stories but the worst one was yesterday. Realized that i never drained the oil in my accord while i was taking off the dizzy for the 3rd time so i could get to the rocker arm assembly..anyway,i threw the pan under the car and cracked open the drain plug. As the oil came out,i about passed out from the intense smell of kerosene almost. No biggy,just some old oil. Then as i layed there watching in horror,the oil slowly started getting lumpy,then i heard a could slight tings in the bottom of the pan. I lit a cigarette and waited for it all to drain so i could investigate wtf the tinging noise was...i emptied the oil pan in our recycle container and to my disgust,i saw metal shavings
Still havent found what they're from,dont even wanna know. All i know is i need to do a swap now and that sucks since i was just gonna daily it lol oh well,life happens
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:08 PM   #2
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Back in about 1982, I bought a 1966 Buick LeSabre for $225 while I was between cars. 340 cu. in V8, odometer said 67k, I suspect it was 167k, rusty, paint was shot, but it ran well. After getting my brand spanking new 1982 Chevrolet Citation X11 (not really a bad car at all), I kept the Buick as a winter-beater. I was out slinging it around on dirt/gravel roads one day seeing how must dust I could kick up. I pulled into a driveway to turn around, backed up, then hit the accelerator and the rear end of the car moved about a foot to the right - not because it lit up the rear wheels and was fishtailing - but because the left lower control arm for the rear axle ripped out of the frame allowing the left end of the axle to pivot forward pushing the rear of the car to the right.
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Old 01-10-2018, 11:05 PM   #3
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Crankshaft endplay.


When building an engine, if you realize there is too much end play = start over
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im a douchebag to people and i don't even own a lambo. whats your point? we, douchbags, come in all sorts of shapes and colours.
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:46 AM   #4
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haha, hearing a noise coming from the front and feeling a vibration. Get out to realize i forgot to tighten / torque the lugnuts and the wheel was about to fall off Meanwhile 2min earlier i was doing 40 down the road.
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Old 01-11-2018, 05:06 AM   #5
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That sounds similar to what i did to this 86 chevy k10 i had in school. Pulled out of a hay field i was bailing and punched it,as soon as i did i heard a loud pop then grinding. The entire left side rear axle broke apart and slid out. Good thing it was the hay field behind my parents lol.
I've also forgot about double checking my lugs after doing the brakes on my exes car. She called over her way to work and said the car was shaking so bad that she couldn't drive it. I went to check it out,jacked the car up and wiggled both front wheels and the lugs were barely hand tight lol i felt like an idiot for that one
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:13 AM   #6
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Being on I85 inside the perimeter (if you have ever been in Atlanta, you know what I'm talking about) and having the balljoint break lose in a car in which you're the passenger in, while in the middle lane, waiting for a HERO to come and praying that no one decides to rear end you.

Seeing a bunch white smoke coming from the exhaust in your rotary powered vehicle = rebuild time.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:56 AM   #7
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When I first got my car I drove it around pretty gently just trying to figure it out but one day I was on a dirt road and noticed that in turns in one direction the car would rotate extremely well while turns in the other direction felt...weird. On my way back I would hear a rubbing sound from a tire when braking. I took it easy on the way home and when I got out I noticed my driver side wheel was more forward in the wheel well than the passenger side. I put the car on jack stands to find out that the bolt that holds the radius arm in place was missing.
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Old 01-11-2018, 01:34 PM   #8
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I saw a lot a cringey stuff working at Toyota. Mostly people with springs cut so much there was only a coil or two left.

The worst I think was when I first got my cb7, someone had removed the passenger front brake caliper and shoved a self tapping screw into the brake line to keep it from leaking. The sad part is it worked.
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:01 PM   #9
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haha, hearing a noise coming from the front and feeling a vibration. Get out to realize i forgot to tighten / torque the lugnuts and the wheel was about to fall off Meanwhile 2min earlier i was doing 40 down the road.
I had the left front wheel come off a 1995 Ford F150 while driving, lost the wheel/tire in a corn field until I had light the next morning.
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:20 PM   #10
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Any half assed ďmodificationsĒ done by fanboys who later pass on that itís okay to do. Thatíll make anybody cringe.

Personally, my mom in law when she got the Scirocco. She didnít wait for me to go with her, and she took my better half instead to follow her home. The timing was off like 10 teeth so it ran a little hot & misfired. One of the shift linkage arms were bad causing her to lose 1st, 2nd, 5th, and reverse after it popped off.
She couldnít find the link that popped off, so she popped the clutch all the way home in 3rd & 4th ruining the clutch lol.

I guess the cringe was me fixing silly mistakes? Yeah. Stupid avoidable shit makes me cringe.
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Back in 2001-2 when washer jet LEDs were all the craze I wired a set into my Accord.

Wire from battery through firewall to switch. Switch through firewall to LEDs, wire from LEDs to ground.

Notice any issues there? Oof.
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:44 PM   #12
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Back in 2001-2 when washer jet LEDs were all the craze I wired a set into my Accord.

Wire from battery through firewall to switch. Switch through firewall to LEDs, wire from LEDs to ground.

Notice any issues there? Oof.
This made me cringe
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This made me cringe
I've since gotten significantly better.

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Back in about 1982, I bought a 1966 Buick LeSabre for $225 while I was between cars. 340 cu. in V8, odometer said 67k, I suspect it was 167k, rusty, paint was shot, but it ran well. After getting my brand spanking new 1982 Chevrolet Citation X11 (not really a bad car at all), I kept the Buick as a winter-beater. I was out slinging it around on dirt/gravel roads one day seeing how must dust I could kick up. I pulled into a driveway to turn around, backed up, then hit the accelerator and the rear end of the car moved about a foot to the right - not because it lit up the rear wheels and was fishtailing - but because the left lower control arm for the rear axle ripped out of the frame allowing the left end of the axle to pivot forward pushing the rear of the car to the right.
LOLOL

That must've been disconcerting, but probably expected.
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After getting my brand spanking new 1982 Chevrolet Citation X11 (not really a bad car at all), I kept the Buick as a winter-beater.
I always weirdly dug the X-11. IIRC it was quite good at SCCA racing and I read that compared to other cars of its day, it was reasonably fast for what it was. I thought Chevy did a good job with the exterior considering what they had to work with.
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I would have to say so. Nice work. Clean install for sure


something else that made me cringe today:

Wife threatened a craigslist ad if I don't get one of my cars out of the garage so she has a place to park.
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I always weirdly dug the X-11. IIRC it was quite good at SCCA racing and I read that compared to other cars of its day, it was reasonably fast for what it was. I thought Chevy did a good job with the exterior considering what they had to work with.
If I remember correctly, at the time it was the second fastest car through one of the car magazine's slalom behind the Corvette. I had a lot of fun with it on the back roads of southern Indiana. There was one particular tight correctly banked turn followed by a short passing zone - I was running behind a Z28 Camaro and was able to time things correctly to run much faster through the turn than he did, then jump around him in the passing zone. He tried, but couldn't pass me for the next 10-15 miles.

Edit: My son was showing pictures my mom must have sent him - found this one (winter of 82-83?):



Can you get off topic in an off topic post?

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I had to google the x11 because I didnít know it existed. (Born in 92í so that might be cringe worthy in itself to some)

I love the styling on those! The hatch is like GM made an S2 Scirocco, and the notch back looking one looks amazing as well. Reminds me of those older 633csi BMWís from the rear.

And on topic - lime green paint. Ew.
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I had to replace these on a person's Silverado who complained of a vibration when hitting the brakes. The embarassing thing is, I work at Federal Mogul Motorparts, in braking. We make Moog, Fel-Pro, champion, National, Ferrodo and Wagner products to name a few. This person could've easily bought some replacement parts for cheap using our employee discount for pretty cheap but they neglected to do so.




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Closing frameless doors by the glass instead of the door body. IT'S INFURIATING.
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