OK. High up on the list of the dumbest things I've ever done was shorting
across the starter and solenoid on my 1976 VW Rabbit to diagnose a starting
problem. *Unfortunately*, the car was in gear and the emergency brake was
off. *Fortunately*, I was standing off to the side of the car and not in
front of it. Had I been in front I would have been pinned between the car
and the chain link fence that stopped it from dropping over a 10 foot ledge.
For me, it was changing oil and forgetting to replace the drain plug.
I replaced the filter, poured in the first quart and noticed the puddle
spreading out from beneath the car.
I knew instantly what I'd done and can't even begin to describe how
stupid I felt....
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The Usenet Improvement Project:
I drained the antifreeze one time and drove off without filling the
radiator when I was 16 or 17.
Oops, that may be #1 for me as far as non life-threatening stupidity.
That van heated up very quickly. The engine was a 1982 Ford 300 C.U.
straight six and it seemed to run fine after that, but I did not have it
for that much longer either.
What exactly will that do to an engine/cooling system anyway? It was not
driven far, but that can not have been good.
I was changing the spark plugs (probably for the first time on my own) on my
first car and snapped one off and then realized that I had been turning it
the wrong way! I had (an adult) neighbor who was a diesel mechanic (iirc)
and I had to go over and ask for assistance. Of course, I just told him that
I was trying to get it out when it snapped off! He was kind enough to help
me and NOT to say anything that made me feel any more stupid than I already
did UNTIL after he completed the job! Then he just looked me in the eye and
said 'you were turning it the wrong way, weren't you?' I couldn't lie or
deny it, he knew! I like to think that he said something like 'everybody
does something like that one time' but, I can't say for sure on that ;-)
Of the posts so far I'm still dumbest, but I may be able to top myself
twice. In high school I had two cars a '56 Dodge Coronet for about a year
and then a '57 Chrysler Windsor I took to college. I don't remember which
car it was, but the upholstery was all torn up. I was driving slowly down
my street with a cigarette in my mouth. It dropped between my legs and
disappeared into the upholstery. I couldn't fish it out and it started to
burn. I had to get home quick and dump a bucket of water into the seat to
put out the fire. A few days later, with the seat still wet and a plastic
cover on it so I could drive, I was driving in about the same spot, rolled
my window down a bit and flicked my cigarette out the window. It hit the
top of the window, hung there for a moment and then dropped straight down,
coming to rest outside the car against the window on the top of the door. I
thought to dislodge it by rolling the window back up. Unfortunately, I
cranked the wrong way and the window when down, sucking the burning
cigarette into the door. A bit later, black smoke started coming out as
insulation or something started burning. Back home, got the bucket.......
We are only two months in, but I already nominate this one for best
r.a.m.m.m. post of 2010!
Nothing coming out of my computer has had me laughing so much in a long
time. That reminds me a lot of my parents. :-)
Glad you enyoyed it. To add to my legacy - I'm in Israel visiting my
daughter & family. Earlier today I was pushing a stroller with a box of
books in it down a hill, lost my balance and fell forward. My football
training kicked in and I tucked and rolled and popped up without a scratch.
Not bad for a 62 year old.
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