Almost 2 disasters this weekend.
I thought I'd take all my wheels off ready for my new 18's (which in the end I didn't like)
So I thought I'd jack her up, take all the wheels off and put her on axel stands.
My drives on a bit of a slope but I've done this before, with my FTO so no problems right? WRONG!!!
Got one rear side on the axel stand, moved round to the other side, wheel off, jacking her up, when she started to fall off the axel stand! towards me!!
I managed to keep her up, by pushing against the jack handle (trolley jack)
So at this point I'm flat on the floor, with all my weight on the handle, pushing the car back.
I shout my wife who comes out, I attempt to swap places with her so I can get back round to the other side and try and sort it from there.
As soon as my wife gets the jack the car moves again, so thats not an option, in the end she got a neighbor and we managed to get the car stable on 2 trolley jacks.
The car is now "stable" so I thought I'd try and put the axel stands in a different position, so start to jack the car higher, the car then starts to tip again!!!!
This time I have to keep the car off the ground by pulling with one hand!!!
My sideskirts nearly got cracked when they almost fell onto one of the overturned axel stands.
So now with no neighbor, I had to reach around grab a trolley jack and jack the car up, whilst pulling the car towards me with one hand !!!
I'm not some mad body builder, so either I had some mad adrenalin rush that helped me keep the car up, or I was just lucky with the balance of the car, but as said as soon as I "handed" the jack over to my wife the car started moving straight away.
in part its still connected to the first one, before the "axel stand incident" I thought I'd be "switched on" and in preparation for my new wheels going on, I'd unscrew all the wheel nuts, so it was a just a case of whipping them off when the new wheels came.
So apart from the locking nuts, all the other wheel nuts were unscrewed to the point of one more turn, and they were off.
After fitting the 2 rear wheels, I decided I didn't like the new alloys, so took them off and put the old wheels back on, ensuring the wheel nuts were tightened.
I went for a drive, and the car just didn't feel right, a knocking sound, vibration through the pedals, and the brakes were "gone", I was either braking fine, or having to press down to the floor before getting any brakes at all (pretty scary)
I could not work out what I'd done wrong, I re-checked the rears (They were the only wheels I had actually taken off)
So I checked that I had not put the wheels on back to front, i.e. left on the right and vice versa, that was fine, I checked the wheel nuts again and they were tight.
So at this point I'm thinking I've really damaged the car, by it falling off the axel stands, and thinking what I could have damaged and how much is it going to cost.
I drove round to my brother in laws house as he knows alot more about cars than me.
I described the symptons as we walked towards the car, he asked me if the wheel nuts were tight, I said they were, but checked again just to be sure, so did the backs and they were indeed tight so told him they were tight.
What he said next made me feel like the biggest tw*t in the world.
"what about the fronts?"
I had been on a dual carriageway, driving at 70mph with the wheel nuts looser than Jordans bits.
I cannot tell you how relieved I was when I tightened the wheel nuts, and the car was then perfect again, but I felt like such a idiot.
So from now on, its one wheel at a time for me, because I'd only changed the 2 rear wheels, I'd completely forgotten about the front 2 wheels, if it was not for my locking wheels nuts there could have been a serious accident.
And the only reason I had not unscrewed the locking wheel nuts was because I thought i did not have the right key for them (I did, but there was a cap on the locking wheel nut)
Anyone need a hand with their car?