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Old 02-04-2013, 09:33 PM   #31
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Ok.

I was building the D44 for the diesel J and the left axle with bearing and retainer would not fit into the tube end. I went-off, blaming everyone from the seller (was a junkyard buy) to Obama (for whatever reason I had to blame him) to myself for not verifying the straightness of the left tube (which I was SURE I had done before the build). After the wife went back inside, God bless her good nature and patience, I noticed I had screwed the vent tube in too far, thus making the axle sit cock-eyed. Suffice to say wifey was relieved and never spoke of it again.

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Old 02-04-2013, 09:42 PM   #32
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My door was stuck on and wouldn't come off the Jeep. I mean really stuck. Had to use a jack and a 2x4 for an hour to get it off. It finally did, flew off on the drive way to be exact. Just a few scratches on the inner window paint thank god.

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Old 02-04-2013, 10:12 PM   #33
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My door was stuck on and wouldn't come off the Jeep. I mean really stuck. Had to use a jack and a 2x4 for an hour to get it off. It finally did, flew off on the drive way to be exact. Just a few scratches on the inner window paint thank god.

I really shouldn't laugh but the picture I just imagined of a flying Jeep door... LMAO!!

The first time I took mine off they didn't want to come but I was able to kick them loose. Not as bad as you but I feel your pain of a stuck door.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:18 PM   #34
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In a rush I put ATF fluid not ATF+4 in my tranny. I then had a lot of fun dropping it all over again and flushing the whole tranny to put the right fluid. At least I took the opportunity to replace the kick down solenoid
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:29 PM   #35
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The only thing I'm thankful for is no one but me has to fix my screw-ups. I don't do them often, but when I do, it's generally a mess to behold.

I did a body lift on our 04 when I did the suspension. I was distracted by a continual level of stupidity I'd never encountered in real life before and forgot to lower the fan shroud. Then I went for a test drive in 115° heat and blew the top open on the radiator.

Early on I was tightening up the bolts on the CV in a rear driveshaft after a SYE conversion. I was pulling towards my face when the sides of the pocket for the bolt head levered the wrench off which sent my thumbnail right into the end of my nose. I wasn't happy with that level of damage and proceeded to do it again because I didn't get enough skin removed the first time.

I was lifting the front of a project rig I was building to level the frame for some shock measurements. I am still to this very moment unsure what happened exactly because I was only raising it about 1/4" or so just to slip a small chunk of metal on top of the jackstand, but in doing so, I was blessed with a rig rolling towards me that ultimately fell off of the 8 jackstands I had it sitting on and it landed on the frame with one of them under the oil pan about to tip it over on it's side. I was able to carefully jack it up enough to get the one out from under the oil pan and lower it so it was sitting level, only that meant it was on the frame. That one took awhile to get back up on the stands, a bit longer to get anchors in the driveway and a bit longer to get it strapped down so it wouldn't happen again.

And the last one for now. I was tightening up the rear driveshaft bolts on a rig that was up on drive on ramps after doing a tranny swap. I forgot that I had put it in neutral to line up the driveshaft with the pinion and the direction I was turning the bolts also happened to be the same direction you would go to drive down off the ramps which it did. Fortunately I had enough situational awareness to swing my legs out of the way of the tires and grab onto the rear axle as it tried to run over me. It drug me along until the fence stopped it and other than some choice language which may have offended some younger ears, there was no damage to the rig, the fence, or me other than my ego.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:29 PM   #36
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nd the last one for now. I was tightening up the rear driveshaft bolts on a rig that was up on drive on ramps after doing a tranny swap. I forgot that i had put it in neutral to line up the driveshaft with the pinion and the direction i was turning the bolts also happened to be the same direction you would go to drive down off the ramps which it did. Fortunately i had enough situational awareness to swing my legs out of the way of the tires and grab onto the rear axle as it tried to run over me. It drug me along until the fence stopped it and other than some choice language which may have offended some younger ears, there was no damage to the rig, the fence, or me other than my ego
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:30 PM   #37
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Was in a hurry and read the torque spec for a JK trac bar bolt... I thought it seemed way high and I realized right as my knuckles slammed into the concrete...
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:35 PM   #38
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Not mine and not a jeep.... helping my best friend from high school change his oil and air filter in his 73 Lincoln.... As he is spinning off the wing nut I hear a, "shit..." TING TING TING RATTLE TING.... right down the carb and into the intake it went... 3 hour intake tear down later we rescued the poor wing nut......
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:37 PM   #39
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I was using rustoleum spray on bedliner to do my mirrors. So I came up with the genius idea of laying them down on a white beach towel to avoid getting overspray on the table. Woke up the next morning to get my mirrors and they were stuck to the towel. Now I Have fuzz balls lining the outside of my mirrors. Hey at least it gives it a rough look!
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:38 PM   #40
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. Now I Have fuzz balls lining the outside of my mirrors. Hey at least it gives it a rough look!
That's some big pimpin right there....
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:54 PM   #41
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That's some big pimpin right there....
Jealous? I'm thinking about investing in some fuzzy dice for my rear view mirror!
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:57 PM   #42
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Waited til I was 51 to buy a Jeep...
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:06 AM   #43
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Jealous? I'm thinking about investing in some fuzzy dice for my rear view mirror!
Dont hate on fuzzy dice lol
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:10 AM   #44
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Dont hate on fuzzy dice lol
Oh I'm not hating! I'm gonna get me some and the best part is....... they are gonna be hot pink!
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:42 AM   #45
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Couldn't break the nuts loose on my doors of my new to me TJ. They were rusty and I didn't expect much. It was a random nice winter day in Florida a couple days ago. 70 something. Was gonna go play volleyball with the friends on the beach. And I wanted my doors off, NOW. I usually correct people on lefty loosey righty tighty. Well I done screwed it up. Snapped every bolt. Still haven't put the new ones on.

And after I got those off. I couldn't get the damn doors off. So I got a jack and 2x4. Thank god mom realized what was gonna happen because I was already pissed and in a hurry. She grabbed the door just as I jumped on running board. It took about 10-15 good jumps for me to get those things out.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:32 AM   #46
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I pulled a plug wire off with my bare hand while the engine was running.
I've done that one, touched it with a spanner while engine running,
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:09 AM   #47
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well in good fun i'll share one of mine,removed top on my 98 tj lay it back and tuck it in the cargo area best i could,had everything nice and neat when to close cargo door wouldn,t latch, so i repeat this time harder, now mad i really slam the hell out of it and still won't latch the top was over the latch ,now with a big hole
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:31 AM   #48
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Bout killed myself trying to get my tranny off for a clutch replacement before I realized I missed a bolt.

Drove off with my Ray Bans on spare tire. Drove off with my hitch pin on spare tire.

Drove off with my trextop not latched & it flew open down the road... Twice

Over tightened the starboard transom bolt on my 71 outboard & cracked the bracket.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:46 AM   #49
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Jeez, where to begin... I've broken 6-8 bolts... U joint strap bolt on the Rear DS, passenger seat bolt that I had to drill out and re tap, control arm mount bolt and basically everything I have put an impact wrench on. I don't use impact drivers much anymore.

I've lost both doors out of the back of a pickup and smashed off the passenger door mirror.

With the interior completely out, I used a bucket as a seat to move it, had the bucket slip while in gear, couldn't reach the pedals, and hit my water softener, breaking the main water line to the house... That was a good one.

Innumerable, cuts, smashed fingers, and bits of metal and dirt in the eye. Burned my hand a few times too.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:04 AM   #50
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Oops

I put JK wheels on my 97 TJ using adapter/spacers.

I got excited and forgot to torque down the driver side front tire. The only problem is that I didnt realize that I had forgotten that until about 20 miles from home when the adapter let go from the hub. I watched my wheel travel through the median across two lanes of traffic, jump the guard rail and roll down a fairly steep embankment.

Had to have the jeep towed and had to replace the rotor and hub. And had to call SpiderTraxx to get another adapter. I told them what happened and owned up to it being my mistake and they sent it to me at a very low price and free shipping. I ran those adapters for 2 more years with no problems after that. I just checked to make sure they were torqued down correctly at each oil change.
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I put JK wheels on my 97 TJ using adapter/spacers.

I got excited and forgot to torque down the driver side front tire. The only problem is that I didnt realize that I had forgotten that until about 20 miles from home when the adapter let go from the hub. I watched my wheel travel through the median across two lanes of traffic, jump the guard rail and roll down a fairly steep embankment.

Had to have the jeep towed and had to replace the rotor and hub. And had to call SpiderTraxx to get another adapter. I told them what happened and owned up to it being my mistake and they sent it to me at a very low price and free shipping. I ran those adapters for 2 more years with no problems after that. I just checked to make sure they were torqued down correctly at each oil change.

Holy crap. I bet that was very exciting.
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Have you ever installed an oil filter and not noticed the rubber gasket fell off. Fired up the engine to the biggest oil bath my garage floors ever seen.
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Have you ever installed an oil filter and not noticed the rubber gasket fell off. Fired up the engine to the biggest oil bath my garage floors ever seen.
I did that to my uncles diesel pick-up on his pristine concrete driveway only the original gasket stuck to the block. Result was the same only with black diesel oil.

I had to buy more oil, and clean the driveway back to spotless.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:16 AM   #55
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After draining my oil I forgot to put the drain plug back in. After about a quart of new oil I figured this out :face palm:
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I've forgotten the plug once and the filter another time! Got both of those out of my way at a young age.
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This is one of many I am sure, but I decided to start changing my own oil in all our vehicles, so I proceeded to the local auto parts store to fetch the necessary materials to preform said task. I decided to be Eco friendly and purchase a drain pan that has a plastic filler bolt in the top center and a spout on the side to transfer old oil to a different container to make it transportable to the auto parts store oil tank. Well after getting home with my new tools and feeling very proud that I just spent close to fifty bucks to change oil that I used to pay $19.95 to let someone else have the experience of changing my oil I proceeded to drain the oil in my new pan, while its draining I go in the house bragging to wifey how I am going to save us a ton of money by doing this chore,after about ten minutes or so I go back to the garage to finish what I had started to find there was oil all over my garage floor!! Cursing the auto parts store for selling me a drain pan with a hole in it only to find that I did not loosen the center filler bolt to allow the oil to go inside the pan(oops!) Then back to the auto parts store to purchase a bag of oil dri
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One cold snowy afternoon I hopped in my '97 TJ with the soft top on. Couldn't see out the back window and was in a hurry. Instead of getting out and brushing off the rear window I decided to grab the snow brush/ice scraper and smack it off. Well...I was able to see out the back...and I could see where the large chunk of my rear window landed in the snow a good 8 feet behind me.
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Wife came home from work in an old Saturn that we had bought strictly for a "work vehicle" and announced that the key wouldn't turn all the way off and the key was stuck. Knowing that these cars are notorious for bad ignition switches, I didn't even look at it and just went to the parts store and bought a replacement. An hour later, new switch installed. But the key won't turn off on this one either. Spent 3 hours spewing profanities and searching around the steering column with no success. Looked at pics in factory service manual and compared them. Looked perfect. After a 5 hour scenario, I looked at the shifter and it was still in DRIVE. Put it in PARK and everything was fixed. Good thing our driveway was flat.
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Back in the day,I owned a 73 Chevelle Laguna wrapped in orange paint. I had the drivers door wide open and, while arguing with a buddy, backed down his driveway. Little did I know that his HUGE tree was so close to said driveway. Backed the edge of that door right into the tree, springing the hinges and wrinkling the front corner panel. Young and stupid! Oh... There's more where that came from! 😣

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