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#87555 - 2nd Feb 2004 8:21pm Car Nightmares
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Post your Nightmares Below !

  • Stripping a bolt.
  • Punctures with no spare.
  • No tools for the Job.
  • DIY Fixes gone wrong.

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#87556 - 2nd Feb 2004 9:44pm Re: Car Nightmares
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Many moon's ago.... cylinder head Nightmare.

First cylinder head job that i done in my front garden at the time, on bicks and on a slope.

So read all the manual back to front to do with a cylinder head gasket. And set to work with the few tools that i had.

Everything was going great, the sun was shining on a lovely sunday afternoon as i got all the bits off and down to the head at last.

Looked in my tool box for the right size scocket !!
Dam i didnt have one that fitted,
Looked in the manual "Special Tool" what the F*

No transport, sunday, with a bank holiday looming. Wish i never started...

Moral of the story...
Read the manual and check for special tools..

I did get the correct tool that tuesday, stripped the threads, someone had previously put the wrong head bolt in there...

Moral of that last bit, watch out for murphy's law.
If it can go wrong it will go wrong...
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#87557 - 2nd Feb 2004 10:44pm Re: Car Nightmares
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My AA membership was up, went to Alton Towers a week later, on the way home the exhaust fell of my car lol.

A tow truck came wanted to charge me £100 to tow me to a service station so i tied the whole exhaust up with shoe laces.

That was a nightmare lol
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#87558 - 2nd Feb 2004 10:58pm Re: Car Nightmares
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Losing a wheel, (right out of the wheel arch, and rolled up the road past me!) in the Wallasey tunnel at 60mph. Oh oh oh, no fun! wink
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#87559 - 2nd Feb 2004 11:54pm Re: Car Nightmares
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lost the spare wheel out of the bottom of the car 3 times now, thats why i keep it on the back seat! <img border="0" alt="[cwlmao]" title="" src="graemlins/cwemotions042.gif" />

once doing a 120mph on a "private track" (cough)!
once along new brighton front one night doing about 25mph ish, then again about 15 mins later on the M53 (pitch black) doing about 70mph ish, terrible night that was!

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#87560 - 5th Feb 2004 12:22am Re: Car Nightmares
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I borrowed my friends car to drive to newcastle and had a nice time thanks smile

But when it was time to come home the next day, went to the petrol station only to find that the ignition key wouldnt open the petrol cap?

So a quick mobile call to find that he had the petrol key on his house keys, doh....

Had to break the lock and a new lock...

moral, of the story get all the keys...
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#87561 - 5th Feb 2004 8:03pm Re: Car Nightmares
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Once upon a time
I was on my way to tenby, Me the wife and five kids and a pile of suitcases all packed into a montego est (7 seater)hopeing for 2 weeks of caravan park "fun".

About an hour and a half into the journey I tried to change gear to overtake a tractor and oops, the clutch went clunck.

Picture the seen, wife going ape, me franticly tring to find a gear, and kids asking "are we there yet"

I managed to crawl along and found a kwickfit Huray i thought, until i went in and was told "we don't do clutches".So off i stroll to find a garage, fat chance 2pm on a saturday, all shut.

I then found a motorworld and bought a clutch, after reading the box thought, there is no way i can fit this on my own with no tools, and went back to motorworld where the gave me the number of a mobile mechanic, after much pleading with him he said he would give it a go but it was getting dark.

Five hours later the car was fixed and i was 180pound lighter but back on my way.

Finaly arrived at the holiday park at 2:30am and had to sleep in the car, as the recepion was shut.

I have learnt a valuable lesson on that day.

Always think of murphys law
If it can go wrong it will and at the worst possible time!
mad mad mad mad mad mad mad
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#87562 - 6th Feb 2004 3:51pm Re: Car Nightmares
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Once upon a time

Carla decided to sell her much loved nova and get something a bit more beastier!!!

Well after a long hard decision she decided to buy a golf gti mark 2! and found one on autotrader.

So she travelled down to Wolverhampton to take a look at this golf and she fell in love with it! after a good look around the car-and a test drive she decided to buy it straight away!

A day later she was driving it to her mums to show off her new car and broke down! alternator had gone! RAC rescued her and her boyfriend Rob.

Two weeks later after the alternator was fixed and car was running fine, she got up to go to work and got about 1/2 mile down the road and the car broke down again- Rob saved her!

After a good look at the car Rob decided that the bottom end of the engine had ceased!

around 200 quid later and two weeks without a car- it was back on the road running better than ever!!!

Then one morning snow fell! as Carla was driving to work carefully (as she had never driven in these conditions before) she crashed her car! driving about 3 mph over a small round about the car decided to take a left straight up a kerb and into a wall- no damage to the bodywork- only damage was the wishbone being bent- All fixed now

moral of the story- never buy a car from wolverhampton and in no circumstances ever give another vw to carla!!!

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#87563 - 11th Feb 2004 6:59pm Re: Car Nightmares
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Scooby may have forgot this one but i cant resist it !

Many moons ago when we were children, scooby wanted to learn how to drive a car,
he was about 9 years old and me a little older. So how could i resist,
i would show him, muhahahaha !!!

Pops worked away and it was mum trying to control our misbehaviour (not).

So scooby gets it into his head that he wanted to move our dads car for our mum.
Its that long ago it was a Datsun 108 i think ??

So i got him in the seat and talked him threw seach step at a time.

1. Move the seat and get comfortable.
2. Can you reach the pedals?
3. Put the keys in the ingnition but dont turn the key yet!
4. Put the cluch down and select first gear!
5. Bring the cluth up!

6. Everything set !! muhaha ha ha
7. Okay little scooby Turn the key until the ignition lights come on and stop !

His little face was a picture ahrrrrrr !
So i moved back and well out the way, with out giving it
away that he was ready to take off!

8. A little Gas to keep it running lmbo
9. Turn the Key all the way and keep it there.

Boing, boing, boing, Smash !!!!! lmboraf

Mission successfull, result lol

About 3ft from the car were street balards and little scooby took 2 of them out...

He craped him self, i peeeeed myself laughing, and mum give scooby a good hiding...

The car was repaired before pops got back.

Funny how the little things stay with you !
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#87564 - 11th Feb 2004 7:21pm Re: Car Nightmares
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Bast*rd, I hadnt forgot, simply attempt to put stuff like that to the back of my mind, That all.......

Just like the time we was fighting over a telescope, after 10 mins or so of argueing over it, Web-Master decided to take a turn on the nice side and let me look through it first. (Strange but true.) <img border="0" alt="[cwnuts]" title="" src="graemlins/cwemotions051.gif" /> Not thinking that he had an alternative motive i put the telescope to my eye to look through it with a cheesy smile on my face, with a huge feeling of self satisfaction...........

Well...............

Web-Master pushed the end of the telescope very hard into my eye with the palm of his hand, eek Boy did that hurt and a cracking shiner to follow shortly after, He even managed to catch the telescope when i dropped it to cover my eye just after impact................ laugh Guess he won that argument, well, he got the end result as he was left with the telescope all day long. <img border="0" alt="[cwsmokin]" title="" src="graemlins/cwemotions036.gif" />

Moral of the story, If there is a will, theres a way........ <img border="0" alt="[cwrumad]" title="" src="graemlins/cwemotions050.gif" />


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#87565 - 14th Feb 2004 5:25am Re: Car Nightmares
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Almost Stranded !
This happened to me while I was in Tenerife years ago.

We decide to drive to the top of The Mountain Mount Tede and catch the sun setting as we had heard that it takes only 7 seconds to set once it gets below the cloud line.

So drove up there which is well above the clouds 13,000ft or something.
The roads were in good condition and we decided to stop and take some pictures before we went to watch the sun setting from a different point.
So I spotted a cracking place for a few pics and decide to turn the car around which was my mistake !

I decided to do a 3 point turn to get going the opposite way.
At the side of the road I was reversing was able to keep going off the road as there was soil level with the road.
Dum de dum “Thump?”
The car wouldn’t move ?
So getting out an wondering why seen that the front end of the car was caught on the main road and the wheels were in a small gully, so they were air born !!

I’m in me shorts and tee shirt, wow the sun has set and its getting dark and there is a gale blowing, it was bloody freezing as this was out of season.
Tried the normal stuff, forward and back but nothing, and not strong enough to push the car off the road to get the grip. Dam!!

And too embarrassed at may situation to flag any one down for help, and every time someone drove past scratched my head to make it look like everything was fine.
I was going to save face no matter what and at any cost…

But I did get the car out in the end with a little egg on my face.
I used the car jack to jack the front wheels up one at a time and put some rocks underneath which lifted the front end off the road and reversed it off and found a better place to re-join the road….

Made it phew !!!
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#87566 - 14th Feb 2004 4:13pm Re: Car Nightmares
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The nightmere that i have had with my little white car is last year just after i bought the car for the one loved person (sally) as a gift i had to do a brake pad change, anyway
1,i snapped a wheel nut
2,i threaded the hex bolts for the brakes
i contaminated the new pads so had to go out and buy more.
3,broke the brake cylinder on the back brakes (brand new took it out the box fitted it and bust the pistons inside it)
4,fitted new handbrake cable (fastened it to tight and the bitch snapped)
5,smashed me windscreen (putting ladders in from the back, out through the front)
AND THIS ALL HAPPENED ON ONE WEEKEND

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