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Ummm used to be a Honda mechanic years ago, was doing a motor install had the used engine sitting beside the old blown motor was changing a few hoses and didn't pay any attention and kinda in a rush. Long story short, I put the blown motor back in and didn't notice until I was putting oil in and it ran out as fast as I put it in. Grrrrrr I learned then to watch what I was doing....
 
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I once shot myself in the eye with carb cleaner while working on a snowmobile. That hurt.
When I did ball joints on my SD I put the brake dust shield on backwards. Oops.
Put a throttle slide plate in upside down in a dirt bike carb once, took me a while to figure out why it ran so bad.
I've accidentally punched myself in the face/nose/eye/lip/whatever more times than I can count thanks to wrenches slipping.
I have a few scars from my mechanic "skills."
I'm sure I could think of more if I really tried
 
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This guy I know, one time while drilling out a broken off exhaust manifold stud, drilled right through into the water jacket on the head. I............ er................... I mean.................... this guy realized what a dumba** he was when the coolant started pouring out................................
 
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Pressing the rear ujoint out of my truck and is shot out and dented one of our other vehicles. There was 200,000 miles on that ujoint.
Swapping out the GEM module in my truck, got the old burnt module out, laid it next to the new one and then reinstalled the old GEM. Needless to say I was pissed.
 
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I just did an oil change and figured the copper washer was good (new last oil change). Getting some "spotting" on the drive. Yep its tight too. Grrrrrrrr
I just seem to make a $10 job into a $100 repair. Hoping the second half of my life I use the lessons learned from the first half.
 
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Originally Posted by crum71 View Post
Ummm used to be a Honda mechanic years ago, was doing a motor install had the used engine sitting beside the old blown motor was changing a few hoses and didn't pay any attention and kinda in a rush. Long story short, I put the blown motor back in and didn't notice until I was putting oil in and it ran out as fast as I put it in. Grrrrrr I learned then to watch what I was doing....


I'm going to rep you right after this.
Thanks for the laugh.
 
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I put the wrong HPOP gasket on my HPOP! Of course you were all there with me on that one! I'm sure there are many more mistakes to come.
 
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Trying to rotate my rear drive shaft to get it re-balanced... forgot to use wheel chocks... took a ride out of the garage and across the driveway while I was still on the creeper under the truck... both bones in my left ankle broken... I'm VERY fortunate to even be alive!!
 
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Holy cow man! I would of shat myself. Haha glad you were ok,for the most part.
 
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Dang, I guess we all have a woops here and there. Temperature about -15, doing an oil change on the car my college daughter was driving. It had over 200k on it so I was going to be nice to it and add some STP (really thick oil). Put all the oils into it, started it and pulled it up to the house and shut it off. Daughter gets in and takes off. About 10 minutes later I get a call that the engine quit and won't turn over. We go check it out and the motor is stuck tight! I knew immediately what had happened. The oil never got a chance to warm up and the STP got sucked into the oil pickup and plugged it starving the engine of oil. And that was a good little car, too! Guaranteed that mistake will never happen again.
 
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I bet the idiot that rebuilt my trans twice and finally installed a reman from another company has a few "big goof" stories to tell.
That still burns me up....
 
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Originally Posted by crum71 View Post
Ummm used to be a Honda mechanic years ago, was doing a motor install had the used engine sitting beside the old blown motor was changing a few hoses and didn't pay any attention and kinda in a rush. Long story short, I put the blown motor back in and didn't notice until I was putting oil in and it ran out as fast as I put it in. Grrrrrr I learned then to watch what I was doing....


Now thats funny!Thanks for the laugh Scott.
 
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I forgot about the brake shields! It seems like everybody's done that one though.

One of my sockets is missing and it happens to be the size of the rocker hold down bolts. I noticed this about two weeks after pulling the VC's. No idea where it is......
 
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Doing ball joints on my F350. Got everything buttoned back up on the driver side and started on the passenger side. Then the thought hit me... So I went back to the driver side and tore it back down and put the dust shield on. Kinda sucks.
And I thought I was alone! The only difference was that I did it on the passenger side (you have to tear the whole thing down and pull the hub out of the knuckle), but I turned around and did the exact same thing on the driver's side! Cost me about 2 extra hours of work.
 
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how about fighting a drivablity issue for 1000 miles, changing injector orings, tearing it apart on the side of the road TWICE before figuring out its a plugged fuel filter!

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