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Old 05-05-2010, 06:56 PM   #1
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What was your first?

Mechanical breakdown or problem you had while driving a vehicle of any kind down the road?

Mine happened about 2 weeks after I had received my drivers liscense and I was driving an 86 ford escort with my dad as a passenger. We were on our way back home from picking up some fast food when I went to apply the brakes to make a left turn at an intersection...

No deal, the break pedal went straight to the floor and I kept on tooling down the road (fortunately through a green light!). It's funny looking back because my dad just casually mentioned "you know we turn there to go home right" me "yes dad I know but there's no BRAKES!"

Luckily with barely touching the throttle and delicate use of the e-brake we drove it to the brake shop a few blocks over and walked home from there.

So tell me what was your first?

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Old 05-05-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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Crusing down the interstate in my 72 Corvette, punch the clutch, drop to 3 to make the "impressive pass" and the clutch pedal stays on the floor. Broke the linkage....

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Old 05-05-2010, 09:37 PM   #3
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i got a good one. a friend and i were driving to my parents house for the weekend. i decide to take the ferry home and also decide i didnt want to pay the extra money for a passenger. i tell my buddy to hide under the wheelbarrow in the back and to stay hidden until we start getting on the ferry. i pay to get on and start loading on the ferry and i tell my buddy to jump to the front seat. we start celebrating and i slowly veer to the left and hit a curb and broke the tie rod and then continued to smash into the steel bridge connected to the ferry. i could look out my window and see the water. i ended blocking one of the lanes and it was also during rush hour on a friday. you guys cant even imagine how many times i was flipped off that night.
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well you see, i used to drive a toyota.......



yet, that wasnt the vehicle of mine that introduced me to unstoppable acceleration. TPS in my 1993 pontiac bonneville went bad, when i accelerated while merging onto a street with a limit of 55 mph, it just kept going. just popped it into neutral, pulled over to the shoulder and shut it down. waited a couple minutes, started it back up, let it idle for a couple minutes and everything was fine.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:47 PM   #5
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mine was also my first "accident" I hit a deer.. which broke my headlights, dented the hood, broke the air condition radiator (whatever thats called) and I think thats it. In my jeep, I havnt had much of an issue, or atleast anything that stopped me from driving. Now my first street bike mechanical issue, it shut off on me doing 90... then started back up, it did that multiple times on the way to work, later I found out the plug to the tack was loose, causing loss of spark and fuel
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:08 AM   #6
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Cruising in my 77 Nova w/283 V8 punched it to the floor to do a burn out leaving the A&W drive -in and the water pump shaft literally broke off and the fan flew off and tore into the radiator causing a colossal mess lol
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:30 AM   #7
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Riding my mini bike in the Anza Borrego desert when I was 5 or 6, the fuel line sprung a leak spraying the hot exhaust which ignited the fuel. Rather than jump off and let er burn, I refused to let my bike die a fiery death, I rode back to camp to get an extinguisher. The bike survived but my pants didn't and I got a pretty good burn on my legs.
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:00 AM   #8
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at a stop light on a highway. i decided for the first time i was going to punch it just to see what my car was capable of. one mile down smoke starts coming out from under my hood and my temp light comes on. pull over to see whats up, check my radiator and its empty. i add some fluid to it and it starts dumping fluid on the ground. turns out i popped a freeze plug. because of that i have yet to punch it in my jeep.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:07 PM   #9
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at a stop light on a highway. i decided for the first time i was going to punch it just to see what my car was capable of. one mile down smoke starts coming out from under my hood and my temp light comes on. pull over to see whats up, check my radiator and its empty. i add some fluid to it and it starts dumping fluid on the ground. turns out i popped a freeze plug. because of that i have yet to punch it in my jeep.
Sounds about right.

After I brought my 65 comet home and got it into my name I took it to my first car show as a reigistered owner. On the way home going up a hill I all of a sudden got a cloud of steam coming out and the temp gauge went from cold to HOT instantly and 2 seconds later the car died as I coasted into the driveway of a shop that sold old car body parts.

Had it towed to my mechanic less than 2 miles away and he found a freeze plug in the bottom of the block had given out.

Got it back but it continued to leak antifreeze on the floor from the back of the engine block. Checked it out and found that there was a rubber freeze plug that had outlived its usefulness. after about 2 hours of working in the 1-2 inch gap between the firewall and engine block I got a new rubber one installed until I can pull the engine and rebuild it....!
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I was driving a VW with an autostick. It gave out on me when I was dropping my girlfriend off at her house. All it could do then was grind gears in her driveway. Had it dragged home down the street redneck style...
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:23 PM   #11
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16 years old. License for 2 weeks or so. Driving my Dad's 76 Honda CVCC (that Chevrolet wouldn't let him park on the lot at the time).

The shifter linkage broke leaving a friends house IN REVERSE. Wasn't driving THAT home.

Called the folks, got chewed (what did you DO???) etc. Dad opened it up and saw that a cotter pin had broken.

Larry forgiven. (I still go "whew").
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:27 PM   #12
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Ran my two week old Mustang into a ditch on a dirt road and bent the front end to the left.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:03 PM   #13
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I blew a freeze plug on the way to school one day. Rolled into the parking lot with the engine smoking like crazy
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Old 05-08-2010, 02:11 AM   #14
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So I was in my 89 Camero with my lady & we pulled over in this secluded spot... Oh wait, never mind.

I was driving this 80 something civic when the clutched pressed down on the main lead going to my amp one too many times. Shortly thereafter a spark turn to fire & burned up my wiring harness. It never ran quite the same afterwards & was sold at auction.
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Lets see...

I decided to race my buddys dodge neon with my Cherokee (stock cherokees are amazing at acceleration ) and I'm coming down a hill at 100mph and all of a sudden my temp skyrockets and I see a cloud of smoke trailing behind me. At the time I didn't know much about engines and I thought I blew u the damn thing. turns out my radiator hose blew off and got rid of all my coolant in a hurry, which in turn caused the engine to start overheating, thereby causing the oil to expand and caused some oil pressure emergency release valve to blow open and spew oil all over my exhaust. fun times fun times
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Old 05-08-2010, 08:55 AM   #16
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Just got my license driving my dads '65 chev impala home from work (Shakey's Pizza!) one cold december night! The window seal around the top of the back window was rusted through so it would jump up when you closed the doors. Well... just got going down the on ramp to the interstate and noticed that my door wasn't closed all the way. Yepper!...All I could see outta the rear view was this huge glass kite sailing away. Was a cold ride home!
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:46 AM   #17
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16 years old, 1986 Buick Regal,...Blew the upper radiator hose.

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