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Old 10-13-2002, 02:11 PM
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Anybody ever have one of those days where things just won't go the way you want them to. Today I'm checking the anti freeze level in my moms van and DROPPED the tester into the radiator. of course the rad wasnt full so the thing goes halfway dwn and just floats there. Tried to use a ten inch pair of needle nose pliers but the tips would'nt grab the rubber boot that on top. 20min go by fiddling with this thing and now she's late to work. I would let her take my 425 horse camaro
that she's loves to drive, But since I arrived at her house first(prior neg. earlier that morning) her van is behind my car. I tried driving the camaro thruoght the grass but the morning rian soften the grass to much and now its stuck!
So thers now no chance of her getting to work on time. She delivers meals to eldery people who cannot otherwise make it themselves. I'm feeling kind of bad that these people wont eat today! Then suddenly I thought of a great idea that if I just loosen the lower radiater hose the tester might flush out the bottom or at least so that I might be able to retrieve it with slip joint pliers. But that alowwed the tester to snag on the tranny cooler lines and wouldn't reach the bottom so I filled the rad. back up all the way hoping the tester would float and I would snag it with the forementioned needle pliers. Well that was stupid because the only thing keeping this tester afloat was the trapped air in the rubber bulb. So the pliers pushed out the air and the tester sinks to ablivion. These are the only tools that are in my car and Mom doesn't keep any because she relies on me for it. With no cars to drive to get my tools from my house 20 miles away I called my brother to go get them for me and ended up removing the radiator so that we could turn it over and shake the tester(now known as the @#$& (*&^% ^%$% %$&^ &^% thing!) So all in all things turned out well but theres a lesson to be learned here, Don't drop the tester! I hate lessons to be learned


PS A good tech tip: Place a small piece of metal into the bulb of your tester so that it can b retrived with a magnet on a Telescoping stick!

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Old 10-13-2002, 02:37 PM
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I woulda just told her "It's A-OK" and left it in there!
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Old 10-13-2002, 03:12 PM
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I have done my share of dumb stuff like checking a chevy van over for any water leaks after new radiator and hoses found one small leak at the thermostat housing, motor is running i grabed a screwdriver and droped it right into the fan and it shot it right through the new rad.That was a bad week,and i do remember more, like reaching in the door to start a car that was towed to us and the shifter was disconected from the trans, man the thing took off like a rocket,Cost on that was about $1700
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Old 10-13-2002, 03:48 PM
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Old 10-13-2002, 03:50 PM
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Old 10-13-2002, 04:37 PM
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Sounds familiar. Last week, two of the high school boys who work for me were installing a roll-lock tonneau cover on a customer's truck. One of them was undoing the work the other one was doing, so I decided to separate the two {more efficient that way I thought}.
So, I sent Gary to pull the distributor out of a 69 Ford truck. The next sound I here is "oops"
He dropped a hose clamp in the distributor hole, and that sucker fell all the way into the oil pan. So much for effienciency, had to remove the pan to get it out!
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On my own. There was the evening forty years ago changing the oil in the tow car at two in the morning. Being in a hurry, what's a guy to do but grab the BIG funnel and pop the tops with the church key and dump all five quarts of oil in this sixty Galaxie. Things were going fine until for some reason there was a necessity to trot around the rear of the car, at which point I fell flat on my *** slipping on the stream of thirty weight oopzing it's way downhill. After a mad scramble crawling (I sure as hell couldn't stand on those slippery boots) up to the drain pan, the plug was located just as the last 'glug, glug' emanated from the drain hole. Those of my esteemed years will recall just how difficult it was to buy motor oil at two or three in the morning in the year nineteen sixty three. Riding a bicycle.

With help. There was the high school helper put the AFB in the hot tank 'cause it was really extra dirty and it might do better cleaning it. There was nought but a gray lump in the morning.

Or the fella "helping" start an old international Black Diamond by holding down the button on the starting fluid.

Did you realise valve and lifters covers actually bend to the sky? Or that oil pans could bend between bolts? Yup. They can. Makes lots of noise when it happens too.

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Old 10-14-2002, 03:11 AM
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After a hockey game on a 20 degree below zero evening there was a lady stalled on the main street of town blocking traffic. Her battery was dead. No problem.....I pushed her with my Caddy to the next intersection where she could turn into an empty parking lot. I put my car nose to nose with hers, threw the jumper cables across, and SHAZAM....she was running again. As I was removing the cables with my now-frozen fingers I dropped the ground clamp and down the front of my radiator it went, sparking as it fell. She shouted, "Thank you" and drove off while I stood there watching my antifreeze peeing onto the ground.
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Old 10-14-2002, 12:39 PM
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Back in the day when i was in auto mechanics i high school (vocational school) we frequently got to work on cars fo the smart girls in cosmetology.

One day we had a rather cute girl come in and tell us everytime she puts oil in her car and checks it , it still says its low.When asked where she puts the oil she pointed to.....the radiator.
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Old 10-17-2002, 11:51 PM
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Close call:
I used to work at a Buick dealership. Well one day I was working on a 1993 or 94 Regal (somewhere around that year) and I had the console out of the car. I can't even remember what I was working on, but I had the car running and I was kneeling on the ground just outside the driver's door. Well I leaned in and was messing with something under the dash, and I wanted to pull myself into the car a bit more. Not thinking, I grabbed on to the shifter sticking out of the floor and ripped it right in to reverse. I am hanging half in and out of this car as it goes flying backwards towards the wall. My mind was all over the place.. all I could think was to keep trying to hit the break with one hand while trying to hang on to stay half in the car. It was hard, but I was able to stop the car INCHES before the wall. Would you believe no one saw this happen either! My heart was in my throat and I had about 32 heart attacks, but avoided a possible UGLY situation!
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Yet another stupid thing...
At that same dealership, things were slow and I was doing an oil change on a Skylark Somerset. Well you can't get the oil filter out from the bottom so I got it loose from up top, lifted it up on the rack, drained the oil, reached up and unscrewed the filter and sat it on the rad support and sat the car back down. I got side tracked with something, came back to the skylark and started to put oil in it. (I am sure you can see where this is going now...) I then started the car, and after a few seconds, I heard the engine clackin. I shut her down, walked out front and there was oil EVERYWHERE! The oil filter is sidways in the front of the ingine, so all fo the oil shot right in to the radiator! Man that was a mess to clean, both on the shop floor and out of the engine compartment not to mention the radiator!
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Old 10-18-2002, 12:04 AM
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Ok, there's one more. I hope I am not boring you guys. This one isn't something dumb that I did, it is what someone else did at that dealership. This dealership had been family run since it started, and one of the brothers that used to run it would always pop in and demand service at that moment no matter what else was going on. Well he was always pushy and mean and expected you to cator to his every whim, well he got his one day... There were 4 floors to this building. The body shop was on the top floor and he came flying in the shop, flying up all of the ramps and he would usually be out of the car before the darn thing was in park! Well that is exactly what happened one day, he goes flying up to the 4th floor and starts his motot mouthing and yelling as he's getting out of the car, slams it in to park, OR SO HE THOUGHT! He hit reverse, and the car went flying down the rams, scraping against the wall and crashing in to a computer desk, out in to the street! He got lucky, the garage door was up! TRASHED the car. It was a Reatta. I bet that was a humbling experience for him eh?

Ok, I'm done. Sorry, I have a tendency to ramble.
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Old 10-18-2002, 03:39 AM
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Can we go back to the radiator with the tester floating in it. Why not fill the radiator up and pick out nthe tester when it floated to the top of the now full radiator?
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Old 10-18-2002, 12:44 PM
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The waves of the water pouring in kept pushing the tester further away from the filler neck. To the point that I might lose it completely. This was still when I thought it should come back out pretty easy.

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