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My first car a Triumph Herald - the horn never worked when I got it so, rather than try to fix it, I fitted some air horns (they played the tune "la cucaracha" among others - wonderful).

As a further part of my programme of "tasteful upgrades" I also got a sporty wood rimmed alloy steering wheel. So excited was I with this purchase I fitted it to the car in the street outside the shop where I bought it. Driving home I could not figure out why people kept honking at me; not just occasionally but it seemed every time I maneuvered the car somebody would blare their horn at me. This must be what its like driving in Paris. My driving wasn't that bad was it? Or were they jealous because I'd painted the red stripes down the sides of my white car? It did look just like the Starsky's (maybe not).

It was only when there was nobody else on the road but still the honking that I figured out it was the original horn in the Herald (which I had never heard before) being operated by the new steering wheel whenever I made a right turn.

Sadly that car eventually ended its life flattened against a brick wall after a catastrophic brake failure - but, at least, with it having two working horns no-one else was involved.
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My first car a Triumph Herald - the horn never worked when I got it so, rather than try to fix it, I fitted some air horns (they played the tune "la cucaracha" among others - wonderful).

As a further part of my programme of "tasteful upgrades" I also got a sporty wood rimmed alloy steering wheel. So excited was I with this purchase I fitted it to the car in the street outside the shop where I bought it. Driving home I could not figure out why people kept honking at me; not just occasionally but it seemed every time I maneuvered the car somebody would blare their horn at me. This must be what its like driving in Paris. My driving wasn't that bad was it? Or were they jealous because I'd painted the red stripes down the sides of my white car? It did look just like the Starsky's (maybe not).

It was only when there was nobody else on the road but still the honking that I figured out it was the original horn in the Herald (which I had never heard before) being operated by the new steering wheel whenever I made a right turn.

Sadly that car eventually ended its life flattened against a brick wall after a catastrophic brake failure - but, at least, with it having two working horns no-one else was involved.
Reminds me of stitching my mates up with their Vauxhall novas, disconnecting one of the horn connectors so it would sound when that turned the wheel.

Interestingly enough, mk2 novas, if you remove the hazard switch, and replace it upside down, activates the ignition.

One if my mates, being clever decided to do this, then bump start the car, effectively driving without keys in the ignition, all was well until the steering lock activated.....
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Reminds me of stitching my mates up with their Vauxhall novas, disconnecting one of the horn connectors so it would sound when that turned the wheel.

Interestingly enough, mk2 novas, if you remove the hazard switch, and replace it upside down, activates the ignition.

One if my mates, being clever decided to do this, then bump start the car, effectively driving without keys in the ignition, all was well until the steering lock activated.....
Bet that made things interesting for a good 30 seconds..
 
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Not a DIY woe but it still has a car theme, I remember years ago my bruv working on a building site and once driving home he was getting people sounding there horns at him black people giving him hand signals and shouting abuse at threatening him at traffic lights he was totally confused and tbh a bit worried about what was going on. The police come up behind him blues and twos going so he pulled over, the police said "mate have you got some sort of death wish" He replied what do you mean officer, he asked him to get out of the van and follow him to the rear of the van. His vans rear was really muddy and some idiot had thought it would be funny to write on the muddy rear doors with there finger the following - I hate n****** my brother was driving through north London at the time
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changed read discs n pads recently, everything went well albeit i thought the grinding noise was them bedding in, had a look after a week to discover a newly fitted and now newly knackered disc. i'd only fitted 1 pad on 1 side, and 2 pads on the other....
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I don't feel as bad anymore - I have done many of the above and then some. It took me 6 weeks to replace discs and pads - LOL.

Pressing pushes in, bent the tie rods 3 times!

Oh geez! good to see i'm not alone.
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I'm not buying a car from any of you guys!...
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Never actually dropped a car, was working on my brothers aging 3 series with axle stands, walked away from the car, to find the jack saddle had dropped about 4 inches somehow, luckily wasn't under it at the time
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My Mk3 Escort when I was 18, needed to change the head gasket. I undid the exhaust manifold bolts and dropped the manifold/exhaust down out of the way. The big exhaust I had must have touched on the rear valance, the downpipe touched the positive connection on the starter motor and caused a nice little fire under the engine bay...
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Took all the wheels off the GT to wash 'em properly, put 'em back on, tightened all the wheel nuts, went for a short test drive, about half a mile.

Spent the next hour or so walking the test drive route looking for the wheel nut key!
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Many many years ago I was servicing my mini metro and thought I would check the contact points. Me being useless at mechanics forgot I left the ignition on and pulled the points apart with a non electrical screw driver, hasten to add there was a very bright spark and a non moving right arm for an hour.
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Expensive oil change on a 2.4 20V jtd. I didn't notice that the rubber seal from the old oil filter has remained stuck to the block so when I fitted the new filter the seals twisted in such a way that there was effectively a gap at the bottom.

I now know that it takes about three seconds at idle to deposit about 3.5 litres of highly expensive fully synthetic engine oil onto my driveway. Re-tightening the filter only proved that you can lose another 2 litres of the same expensive oil in the time it takes to start the engine and turn it off again!

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As opposed to Driver33P4 above I didn't notice that the oil filter rubber seal had stuck to engine of my now departed 164 3.0. Having fitted a new filter I then watched as 5 litres of beautiful new oil cascaded over the drive.
I then repeated this trick a while later on my 166 3.0 showing that some lessons are never learned.
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Most of mine are garage related.
Had a 'free brake check' from a certain retailer come garage. All good apart from they didn't tighten the wheel nuts on one rear wheel properly. Bit of a knocking noise on the way home so I rang and they said bring it back in. Got about half way back before the wheel came off and ended in the verge. Fortunatly it was drum braked so didn't drop onto the body. I fished the wheel out and re-fitted it by pinching one nut from each of the 3 other wheels.
Had a new set of disks fitted by a dealer. Made a terrible noise when ever I touched the pedal. It was a long drive back dso I jacked it up only to find the disk weren't properly located or tightened up. Dealer refused to accept the fault as I'd already rectified it. Obviously that was the last time I went there.

Had a head gasket fitted and they didn't tighten either front wheels nuts properly. Fortunatly I recognised the noise and nipped the bolts myself before disaster occurred.

The only one I did was opening the bonnet release at the garage to check the oil and forgetting. The safetly catch wasn't much good and, yes, it flew up and smashed the screen. Not my best day but insurance and scrap yard rectified the situation quite quickly.
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Here is a good one http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/engin...s-leaking.html
Personally I would go nut's did the garage dog do the work ?
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Took all the wheels off the GT to wash 'em properly, put 'em back on, tightened all the wheel nuts, went for a short test drive, about half a mile.

Spent the next hour or so walking the test drive route looking for the wheel nut key!
Hahaha I have done exactly this! Never did find the key mind, also while greasing up all the bushes on a Brera, did 3 wheels fine, got to te 4th and the wheel was so tight, made an extra long bar for purchase on the wheel spanner and snapped the wheel nut completely. New one on order, doh!
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I knew a lad who put one of the pads in the wrong way round on a customer's car.... Didn't end too well
I did that.
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almost smashing my window on my previous GT whilst changing the check strap - absolutely bricked it!
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Took all the wheels off the GT to wash 'em properly, put 'em back on, tightened all the wheel nuts, went for a short test drive, about half a mile.

Spent the next hour or so walking the test drive route looking for the wheel nut key!
I did exactly this yesterday.

Ones I can recall include doing the belts on my Ducati and started it up to make sure it was all fine. Forgot to reconnect the top oil hose to the cooler so it promptly started squirting large amounts of expensive brown stuff over me and my nice clean garage floor.

Also, when I were a lad I removed one of those awful Moss car alarm kits from a Metro and managed to short several wires in the process. It caught fire the next day.
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Recently while taking off the intake runner base plates, one of the screws disappeared down into the intake manifold. Luckily the valve was not fully open and I had a magnet handy to fish it out..
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This could be a longish list.

Whilst pop-riveting a non-rusty wheelarch over the rusty one on my MKII Escort, I drilled through the quarter panel and the spare tyre located on the other side of it.

I once helped a friend change the oil on his Metro. I assumed he knew that the sump plug had to go back in and only realised later, as Castrol’s finest poured out of the bottom of the engine into the gutter, that he didn’t.

Last weekend I dropped the Saab down off the jack onto the airline from my compressor and snapped the quick release union off.

I once jammed a wiper motor with a bottle of tipp-ex (by accident).

I learned that my old trolley jack had a slight leak when I left my Mini on it overnight and returned the following morning to find the car resting a newly bent bumper on a crushed too box.

I learned a lot about car wiring when I fitted spotlamps to my MII Escort. I used a proper relay, proper gauge wiring and everything, but took the live feed from my stereo live with a scotchlok. This promptly set on fire the first time I turned them on.

There have been too many puncture wounds, HT lead shocks and squished fingers to mention.

Auto Express - six issues for a quid. Offer must end soon (and then immediately start up again).

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Trashed my daughter's gearbox after offering to service her Seat Arosa as a birthday present. Instead of draining the engine oil I drained the gearbox oil. It was only a 1.0 and thought nothing of the small amount of oil required to fill the engine. Needless to say after recovering her from the side of the road and discovering why.....I kept that stupid error to myself.

Still, managed to pick up another box for about £100 and changed the clutch at the same time. She sold it a few months later (about 18 months ago now) to a work colleague, still going strong as far as I know.

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Apart from the numerous snapped bolts or studs and leaving tools on the engine, etc, I'm not too bad ... but there are a few instances of where my brain cell was obviously tired ...

Changed the front brake shoes and suspension on my first car (Austin A35) and put it all back for MOT. Took car out and just around the corner lost brakes and pedal hit the floor ... Dad and I had inadvertently twisted the brake hose slightly while messing about getting it all back together .... so pressing the pedal undid the connection at the brake cylinder. Back of brakes were covered in brake fluid ... but luckily the handbrake was mechanical so I was able to stop!

Left oil filler cap off the 75 after checking and topping up ... still that's one engine bay that will never rust

Bought four new transverse arms for 156 ... sprayed them rather than left them bare metal and after spending many hours fitting them lowered red the car to check they all looked OK ... without pulling one axle stand right out of the way ... was soon on to EB Spares for another arm!

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had a real old polo that i had on the ramps as I was working under the car. I forgot the handbrake wasnt that good and it rolled backwards of the ramps and out the garage door.....only problem was the doors of the car being open and they caught on both sides of the garage door as the car rolled backwards ripping them both round touching both wings. That was a very costly change of a sump plug that was.
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