I slammed my car door on the screen of my mp3 player. Thankfully it was a cheap $80 one.
All this was done in less than 5 seconds, on a Sunday morning, dressed to impress, in the church parking lot, and completely sober, because my damm door latch decided not to work that day.
Spun tires in front of a cop in my teenage years. D'oh.
Tightened a downpipe nut down too far and snapped the stud on the manifold. D'oh!
Most recently, but not as tragic, I spent 4-5 hours working on my car in the engine bay area, bent over because my car is relatively low when stock, and I'm 6'3" so this hurt my back. I finished, and then remembered I was in an actual shop, with an actual hydraulic lift underneath my car, and I could've raised the car at least to waist height and lessened the strain on my back.
First week i had my license i was driving my mazda 3 in a really bad storm with about 80mph winds. went to go get out and the door wouldnt even open the wind was so strong. So being the tough guy that i am deciced to try even harder to open it, next thing i know the wind ripped the door right out of my hands and smashed it into my fender was a pretty expensive repair but i learned my lesson... but the next week while the car was in the shop i somehow managed to get into 2 accidents in one day in my moms van lol havent had one accident since then tho
Oh I have a good one. Make it two.
16 years old, gorgeous spring day in Michigan and here I am with a few months under my belt driving my silver '89 CRX. Headed over to my buddies house who lived on the lake, flat roads in a neighborhood. I have a big ol' F350 sitting in front of me and just putting along. Being billy badass I decide to pass on a big open left hander. Bad idea.
Suburban in the oncoming lane! 28 YO me would have just steered to the left and drove off in the grass. 16 YO me swerves right and gets the whole right side of my car ripped off by some big ass tires. The second I went to pass all I could do was go "Why did I just do that?"
17 YO me is now driving a '99 camry (this would have been 2000) so I am feeling pretty pimp. Parents gave me the lease as my mom didn't like it. Taking all the dudes to lunch one day and I take the back round to Taco Bell. Waiting at a sign to cross the two lanes and for some reason my waiting was about 1 second with no solid right look. Bad idea. As soon as I did it I knew I was getting hit and sure enough BAM right rear QP. Same thing the second I pulled out I went "Why did I just do that"
I have 4 And even a picture!!!
1) In my 96 Civic (2 months old to me) was rolling backwards out of the garage to turn the car around to change the rear wheels (driveway had slope and car wouldn't fit all the way in the garage) and didn't think to shut my door. Forgot the Crown Vic was out front and my door stopped my car against the front bumper.
2) Friend and I were jacking up the front end of above Civic and for some reason we put the jack under the radiator mounting tab... Luckily only broke the bottom plastic connection on the radiator.
3) While jumping my friends car with the above Civic bad things happened. Hood didn't have a hood prop, had aftermarket fiberglass hood when I bought it, so just kept the hood all the way up and it wouldn't fall down, at least with no wind. Well it was windy, rainy and about 40 degrees out. Well the hood gets blown down and lands on the jumper cables and rips the fiberglass out of one of the brackets. Then going to put the hood back up the wind caught it again and the corner smashed the windshield and cracked it half way up the passenger side.
4) I bought my MKIV Jetta without looking too much into it. (was in a hurry to get rid of the Civic). And I bought it, got it, and it was like by the way I need timing belt, water pump, thermostat, brake pads and rotors all the way around, secondary air pump was going bad and something is wrong with the clutch that it won't disengage at high rpms
I've fixed everything but the clutch, have the kit sitting in my room just waiting for the fiancee to be able to drive manual on the road before I replace it. I don't want a new clutch ruined from her slipping it too bad or something...
So yea, I've had some pretty bad **** happen
My moment was back in 2009. I had just finished cleaning my car for the local car show. Strapped my BMX bike to the roof rack because I figured I'd ride around the show since it was in a large college commuter lot, and because it matched my 8 month old '08 STi. Got all ready and left. Realizing I forgot something I went back opened the garage door and with the fantastic habit of always being in a rush I drove into the garage before the door finished opening. Needless to say, there is still a square imprint with 4 circles from the front of my stem in my garage door to this day. The roof got a pretty nasty dent that cracked the paint, the threaded stud from the bike rack impaled the roof as well. I bent the roof rack crossbar, and broke the garage door.
Luckily though, since my dad has had more than his fair share of automotive failures my mom made sure he kept his mouth shut and I didn't really get in that much trouble. They said the garage door needed to be adjusted anyway . Never pull into any building until the gate/door is completely opened anymore.
Photo of said bike and car. Still kick myself in the ass for that one. Felt like such a noob.
on the six speed miatas, there is a bolt that looks just like the drain plug on the passenger side. its not. its the bolt that holds the planetary gears into alignment inside the box...pull it out and you have to rebuild the trans off the car to fix. thankfully, i went to remove the fill first and it didn't seem right the drain would be on the other side of the gearbox...near disaster averted.
Pouring gasoline from a large cup into a carburetor trying to get a car start, and it backfires.
Being on fire tends to make you rethink your recent decisions.
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back in sophomore year of high school in auto shop i had to change the plugs on my honda.
buddy of mine was fcking around with a shop light and of course i was paying attention to that instead of what socket i pulled off of the tool rack.
lesson learned: don't put an impact socket into your spark plug hole.
Me and the teacher had to stay after school to rip off my valve train and get the damn socket out...then change my plugs.
This happened in high school...
My friends and I were hungry and got excited for some late night Wendy's. We jumped in my buddy's SAAB, threw it in reverse and flew out of the garage.... Right into the front bumper of his brother's Explorer. Shoved the Explorer back a good foot, did a number to his hatch.
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I have managed to scratch the hatches on both my GTIs in the past 6 months in the exact same stupid scenario. Rear end of car jacked up in my garage and i.accidentally hit the garage door opener on my keys in my pocket. Needless to say it made a nasty noise and left a decent mark.
I didnt care that much about the MK4 but my 91 just had a new pajntjob and now has a nice flaw on the hatch
Our shop car was an older Cavalier wagon with a manual (I was in school in the early 90s). I had just gotten my license, and was learning how to drive a stick. I knew the shop teacher well, and me and few friends would hang out after school and wrench, shoot the ****, etc. I decided to take the Cavalier out into the parking lot to do some driving, which turned into clutch-drops and burn-out attempts. Needless to say, when the clutch finally gave out, I was on the completely other end of the school lot, and got to push the car all the way back. I spent a lot of time, after school, learning how to replace a clutch in a Cavalier.
Topped of the transmission fluid in my '05 XT... grabbed a funnel, positioned it, did a very quick finger check, poured transmission fluid. Backed the car out... WTF, why is there a 1/4 quart of oil on the floor.
Cue 2 weeks of mild burning tranny fluid...
Shutup and drive yo cah'!
Cute girl in bar: How tall are youStupid things you've done where immediately after you think "..Why did I just do that?"
Me: Taller than you
Girl: No, how tall are you?
Girl: How old are you
Me: Younger than you
I also took a corner at about 45 MPH, flinging my mountain bike off of its bike rack and into the street. "Why did I just do that?"
2 in one here.
My M3 was in the shop for some work on the front bumper a year ago. I had a rental automatic, and because I was driving it for 2 weeks (took the shop a while to get a bumper delivered undamaged), I got in the habit of sliding the gearshift into Park and not setting the handbrake.
So I get my car back, and go to lunch with a friend. I park... and forget to set the handbrake, with the shifter in neutral (parking deck was flat, and I don't usually put it in gear unless it's not). This was mistake #1. We walk towards Potbelly's (sandwhich place), get there, and of course, it's closed! Thank GOD, because.... We turn around and walk back to my car. As we walk in, a big SUV drives by my car.
If you've ever stood around a parking garage, you know that cars driving by make the floor flex noticeably underfoot sometimes.
As it finishes passing by, it flexes the parking deck floor enough to start my car in motion. My car starts to roll backwards. Slowly first, then faster... I take off at full sprint and get behind it to push against it. Mistake #2. I then realize, holy ****, this 3300lb mass does NOT want to stop moving. At all. It's pushing me backwards, and I'm maybe 5 feet from the rear bumper of another car, slowly scooting towards it. At this time my friend, who started running a bit later than I, gets right next to me and pushes with all he's got. We managed to stop the car.
Don't ask me why I didn't just hop in the driver's seat and slam on the brakes. Adrenaline got the best of me I guess.
-When I was 16 and had just gotten my first car (a Volvo), I needed to replace the positive battery cable. I didn't think to disconnect it at the battery end first, instead going to work on the starter end using a box end wrench. Which, of course, grounded the other end as soon as I moved it a bit. That caused the + terminal of the battery to arc weld between it and the cable end. I managed to quickly knock the wrench off, but there was a pool of liquid metal from the battery post on top of the very hot battery. Quite lucky that I didn't cause the battery to explode.
-Same car, a friend and I were installing a stereo. He decides to put the amp under the driver's seat--and starts drilling the mounting holes without looking to see what's underneath. I get in to drive off, and the car won't start. I hear what sounds like liquid pouring out of something-then smell the gas. Yep, drilled through the pressurized hard line.