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Old November 17th, 2013, 10:05 AM
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Its hard to choose one when you work on cars every day. The most annoying was double-gasketing an oil filter on a RRS by mistake when the customer is waiting. Needless to say, it made a giant mess.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 10:08 AM
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Its hard to choose one when you work on cars every day. The most annoying was double-gasketing an oil filter on a RRS by mistake when the customer is waiting. Needless to say, it made a giant mess.
Did the old oring/gasket stay on the filter housing? I've always heard that could happen, and always check for it, but in all my years never seen it...
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Old November 17th, 2013, 10:53 AM
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Did the old oring/gasket stay on the filter housing? I've always heard that could happen, and always check for it, but in all my years never seen it...
Yep. Apparently I didn't get that memo that it is something that can happen. its definitely a mistake you only make once.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 11:13 AM
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Was changing the oil in my 7.3 power stroke and can just grab the filter laying on the creeper with my arm fully extended. Forgot to take gloves off and the filter full of 1+qt of oil slipped out of my hand and fell in my face. Hit just below my right eye.
Was covered in oil and blood, needed 5 stitches.
The best part is I get a reminder of my stupidity every time I look in the mirror and see the scar.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 12:57 PM
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Yep. Apparently I didn't get that memo that it is something that can happen. its definitely a mistake you only make once.
I did that once on a full size range rover, it will never happen again...
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Old November 17th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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Was changing the oil in my 7.3 power stroke and can just grab the filter laying on the creeper with my arm fully extended. Forgot to take gloves off and the filter full of 1+qt of oil slipped out of my hand and fell in my face. Hit just below my right eye.
Was covered in oil and blood, needed 5 stitches.
The best part is I get a reminder of my stupidity every time I look in the mirror and see the scar.

Damn..LR brotherhood likes to live dangerously..squint!
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Old November 17th, 2013, 03:03 PM
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Was changing the oil in my 7.3 power stroke and can just grab the filter laying on the creeper with my arm fully extended. Forgot to take gloves off and the filter full of 1+qt of oil slipped out of my hand and fell in my face. Hit just below my right eye.
Was covered in oil and blood, needed 5 stitches.
The best part is I get a reminder of my stupidity every time I look in the mirror and see the scar.
I was changing the oil in my D1 and I decided to fill the new filter with clean oil before installing it. So a get it about 3/4 the way full, and to keep from spilling it, I'm watching it very closely as I start to crawl back under the front of the truck.... and smack the top of my head straight into the edge of the front bumper where the rubber end caps should have been, but instead was just sharp jagged metal.

Head wounds sure do bleed a lot.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 03:17 PM
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I was changing the oil in my D1 and I decided to fill the new filter with clean oil before installing it. So a get it about 3/4 the way full, and to keep from spilling it, I'm watching it very closely as I start to crawl back under the front of the truck.... and smack the top of my head straight into the edge of the front bumper where the rubber end caps should have been, but instead was just sharp jagged metal.

Head wounds sure do bleed a lot.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 03:22 PM
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Might not qualify as wrenching, but while trying to remove my ST door tops, smashed my window into a million little pieces.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 03:40 PM
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i have a contender from back in the day when I had a CJ7. I was driving on the street one day and lost power to the wheels and assumed it was the clutch. Replaced the clutch, and the problem persisted. So I pulled the tranny again to verify I hadn't screwed up the job. I hadn't. Put it all back together and still broke. It was only at this point that I saw the rear DS turning as I revved it. It was simply a broken shaft all along. This has to be a top 5 bonehead move.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 04:18 PM
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Did the old oring/gasket stay on the filter housing? I've always heard that could happen, and always check for it, but in all my years never seen it...
I've had quite a few stick, over the years, but always caught it and never caused a major mess!! I have made pretty much every other mistake!!

I'm pretty much the king of spilling oil on a concrete floor!! No matter what preventatives I take, I always end up with oil on my super porous crappy garage floor!! I think I'm going to start by rolling a plastic sheet out on the entire floor from now on!!
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Old November 17th, 2013, 05:26 PM
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I've had quite a few stick, over the years, but always caught it and never caused a major mess!! I have made pretty much every other mistake!!

I'm pretty much the king of spilling oil on a concrete floor!! No matter what preventatives I take, I always end up with oil on my super porous crappy garage floor!! I think I'm going to start by rolling a plastic sheet out on the entire floor from now on!!

I thought of that..but with my luck and oil, I would probably slip on the oily plastic sheet and accidentally hurl that filled with old oil filter across the garage!
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Old November 18th, 2013, 03:44 AM
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Did the old oring/gasket stay on the filter housing? I've always heard that could happen, and always check for it, but in all my years never seen it...
Did the same on the 110 and had a floor full of diesel oil.....just wonderful!
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Old November 18th, 2013, 07:30 AM
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Did the same on the 110 and had a floor full of diesel oil.....just wonderful!
Diesel oil is the worst. Oil plus all the soot and carbon in it. Stains the skin too. I did a change once and had a glove 'tan line'. The oil ran over the glove and down my arm. You could tell exactly where the glove ended.


Dumbest thing I have ever done was over tighten a 12.9 grade bolt on my first truck. I was swapping out upper a arms in the front and had to pull the pivot pin which was attached to the frame by two 12.9 metric bolts. Big guys. Truck had numerous winters on it and about 70k miles so no bolts wanted to move. I was about 17 so my solution to a frozen bolt was a little WD, my 1/2" breaker bar and the 4 foot pipe (cheater) that was sitting in the corner of the garage. Well, in my zeal to get it done, I slammed the pieces together and started pushing clockwise. Cursed it for not moving and pushed some more. Then, backed up and stared a little at it. Then realized that I had just put a massive amount of torque on it. So much so, I could not back it out. I put a torque wrench on it out of curiosity and maxed it out. Ended up have to cut the head off, drill the center out, and collapse the bolt. What should have been a 2 hour job became a 2 day affair. The bolt ate two cut off wheels, one cold chisel, and multiple drill bits (thank goodness for the Drill Doctor I had bought my dad for Christmas the year before).

I also almost dropped an AC Aceca off of two post lift once (about 4 feet off the ground). Only thing keeping it up was a tripod designed to hold the weight of no more than a transmission. That was fun.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 07:51 AM
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My first LWB was running rough. I set about retiming it, New cap and rotor, plugs, exchanging ignition modules, still bad. Thought maybe a bad head gasket. Pulled it all apart and renewed head gaskets. Put it back together and it still ran like crap. Decided to just drive it like that since I figured it had to be a bad ecu. Hunted up another ECU, installed it, same rough running. I was about to give up when I thought I might check the stepper motor. Well, in the course of getting to that I noticed that the hose to the charcoal canister had a crack in it that was only visible from underneath. I think 'there's no way this can be the cause of all this hell'. Yup. new hose=no vacuum leak=smooth running. zero buck fix, except for the several hundred dollars, hours and labor that went before.
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Did the old oring/gasket stay on the filter housing? I've always heard that could happen, and always check for it, but in all my years never seen it...
It's only ever happened to me once, luckily it was when i was showing my friend (200tdi 90) that it could happen and i checked the filter location and sure enough it stuck to it.

My stupidest one i can think of was first time i ever changed spark plugs and wires, it was a 97 4Runner V6 and i bought everything had it in a pile, ripped the old wires off and threw them off, changed the plugs, then when i went to put the new wires on, i had no idea what wires went where, took me like 3 hours of googleing to figure out what wire went there, i do it one wire at a time now.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 09:29 PM
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Painted my chassis in lieu of galvanizing it when I built the truck. Colorado, I thought. Dry, I thought. The next year they switched to mag chloride in the winter-- now shit rusts. Still pissed at CO for doing that.

#2 was the RRC was running such that even in retrospect I would swear that the cam was worn. I was building a 4.6 for the D90, so I swapped the 3.9 from the D90 into the RRC. Same problem, barely ran. Sat for a year until I trouble shoot again. 1 hour later, I find a small broken plastic bit in the distributor-- swap it out, ran like a champ. Probably didn't need an engine swap... (Probably would have done it anyways, but wouldn't have sat for a year...)
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Old November 18th, 2013, 10:33 PM
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A word of caution to anyone out there swapping turbos. Mine was a bonehead move but it was caught before it could to any real damage. I swapped out my stock tdi turbo for a VNT that I had ceramic coated. I wasn't comfortable disassembling it myself (the VNT has quite a few moving parts) so I had a stellar local diesel place do the disassembly/reassembly. When they inspected it a socket fell out of the turbo. My socket. It had fallen in there during a test fitting. Luckily I didn't start it up. In the future I will use a cloth and a rubber band to cap up any openings while working on something like this. The way they're oriented its so easy to drop something in there. Could have been an expensive mistake.
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I over-loosened the lug nuts before I had the jack stands under the housing last weekend. Luckily I realized it before I did all 5...
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