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bbass2bbass2 Posts: 1,064 ✭✭
Feel free to post any stories here about dumb moves you've made or the like so everyone can laugh at your expense. Here is what happened to me this week you mechanical types might like.

Since I work on computers all day it's nice for a change to work on something physical so I decided to change my oil. I've changed the oil at least once on all of my previous vehicles so it shouldn't be a big deal even though it's the first time with this truck.

I started out reading online to make sure I had all the tools I needed, etc and picked everything up at the local automotive store. I pulled the truck in the garage after work and off we go. My wife is still off on maternity leave and with keeping the newborn all day she is ready for me to take over asap so I wanted to get this done as quick as possible.

Everything went okay except for having to run back to the store to get another filter wrench because the one I got didn't work. I checked the oil and it was reading much higher than it should have, like 2-3 quarts too high. Since I was already short on time I pulled the truck back out in the driveway so i could pull my wife's car in the garage.

I didn't feel comfortable with that oil reading so the next day I decided to work from home and let the truck sit in garage a while to let everything settle. After doing a bit of research online during the day I found someone post about a mistake they had made doing an oil change. I thought, surely I'm not that dumb, but I'll check anyway. I have a look under my truck and sure enough I am that dumb. Not paying attention where I was underneath the truck I had drained the transmission pan instead of the oil pan. sigh

Unfortunately these transmissions do not have dipsticks and are not easily filled so I instead of just having a simple $50 oil change I got to change the oil twice, called a wrecker to have them tow my truck to the nearest dealership 30 miles away, then overpay the dealer to do a transmission service. It sucked paying all that, but in the end I'm just happy I went with my gut and didn't drive to work with 2x the amount of oil and .5x the required amount of transmission fluid.

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  • DirewolfDirewolf Posts: 3,493
    Dude you got lucky.
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,190 ✭✭✭
    I haven't done that but I did wire A small block Chevy in the wrong direction once and couldn't for the life of me figure it out for over two hours. This happened after building my brother, Dwayne A sup-ed up 305 for his Blazer.
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,190 ✭✭✭
    RBeckom:
    I haven't done that but I did wire A small block Chevy in the wrong direction once and couldn't for the life of me figure it out for over two hours. This happened after building my brother, Dwayne A sup-ed up 305 for his Blazer.



    Before anyone starts slamming me on the firing order, that wasn't the problem. I wired it backwards but still maintained 18436572 only in the wrong direction.
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 9,720 ✭✭✭✭✭
    bbass,
    With today's vehicles, it is easy to make that mistake. I have had several people call me up and ask why their engine oil is red or pink. Uhm, cause you drained the transmission. ; )

    And you would be surprised at how many times I have to drain a fuel system because someone put gas in a diesel.

    But as for those "are you kidding me" mistakes..........
    I got called out because a dump truck died out on the coast highway. Drive 40 miles and get to the truck to see why it died. Plugged into the truck computer and it shows a loss of fuel pressure. So I spend 3 hours trying to locate the problem. Everything was checking out fine and I was pulling my hair out.
    Before heading down, asked the driver the common questions. Does the truck have plenty of fuel and warning lights on, etc.
    Of course, they always get indignant and give that "Of course it's got fuel, I'm not stupid!"

    It wasn't until I went to climb in the cab of the truck that I noticed the broken wire to the fuel gauge and decided to check the tank to see how much fuel it had. Bone dry. Put fuel in it and off it went.
    In Fumo Pax
    Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy cigars and that's close enough.

    Wylaff said:
    Atmospheric pressure and crap.
  • HeavyHeavy Posts: 1,591 ✭✭✭
    0patience:
    bbass,
    With today's vehicles, it is easy to make that mistake. I have had several people call me up and ask why their engine oil is red or pink. Uhm, cause you drained the transmission. ; )

    And you would be surprised at how many times I have to drain a fuel system because someone put gas in a diesel.

    But as for those "are you kidding me" mistakes..........
    I got called out because a dump truck died out on the coast highway. Drive 40 miles and get to the truck to see why it died. Plugged into the truck computer and it shows a loss of fuel pressure. So I spend 3 hours trying to locate the problem. Everything was checking out fine and I was pulling my hair out.
    Before heading down, asked the driver the common questions. Does the truck have plenty of fuel and warning lights on, etc.
    Of course, they always get indignant and give that "Of course it's got fuel, I'm not stupid!"

    It wasn't until I went to climb in the cab of the truck that I noticed the broken wire to the fuel gauge and decided to check the tank to see how much fuel it had. Bone dry. Put fuel in it and off it went.
    That's when you need Carl Childers....
  • Roberto99Roberto99 Posts: 1,077
    bbass2:
    Feel free to post any stories here about dumb moves you've made or the like so everyone can laugh at your expense. Here is what happened to me this week you mechanical types might like.

    Since I work on computers all day it's nice for a change to work on something physical so I decided to change my oil. I've changed the oil at least once on all of my previous vehicles so it shouldn't be a big deal even though it's the first time with this truck.

    I started out reading online to make sure I had all the tools I needed, etc and picked everything up at the local automotive store. I pulled the truck in the garage after work and off we go. My wife is still off on maternity leave and with keeping the newborn all day she is ready for me to take over asap so I wanted to get this done as quick as possible.

    Everything went okay except for having to run back to the store to get another filter wrench because the one I got didn't work. I checked the oil and it was reading much higher than it should have, like 2-3 quarts too high. Since I was already short on time I pulled the truck back out in the driveway so i could pull my wife's car in the garage.

    I didn't feel comfortable with that oil reading so the next day I decided to work from home and let the truck sit in garage a while to let everything settle. After doing a bit of research online during the day I found someone post about a mistake they had made doing an oil change. I thought, surely I'm not that dumb, but I'll check anyway. I have a look under my truck and sure enough I am that dumb. Not paying attention where I was underneath the truck I had drained the transmission pan instead of the oil pan. sigh

    Unfortunately these transmissions do not have dipsticks and are not easily filled so I instead of just having a simple $50 oil change I got to change the oil twice, called a wrecker to have them tow my truck to the nearest dealership 30 miles away, then overpay the dealer to do a transmission service. It sucked paying all that, but in the end I'm just happy I went with my gut and didn't drive to work with 2x the amount of oil and .5x the required amount of transmission fluid.
    I did the same thing to my BMW many years ago. I was too embarrassed at the time to tell anyone!
  • VisionVision Posts: 3,900 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I purchased an Impala from my brother-in-law that needed the drivers side fender, mirro and door replaced and painted. It was a great deal for a daily driver and couldnt say no. Paid $600 parts and paint and it looked great. A month later I was backing out of my driveway and dragged the drivers side mirror and fender down a wooden fence post. Dent is still there today.....
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,190 ✭✭✭
    Vision:
    I purchased an Impala from my brother-in-law that needed the drivers side fender, mirro and door replaced and painted. It was a great deal for a daily driver and couldnt say no. Paid $600 parts and paint and it looked great. A month later I was backing out of my driveway and dragged the drivers side mirror and fender down a wooden fence post. Dent is still there today.....



    Been there.
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