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Old 08-04-2012, 09:46 AM
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Scariest thing I've done on a Merc diesel is remove the stuck glow plugs in my OM606. I used an impact, and despite the fact that I know it is the better way, I was still on pins and needles until I got them out. Is there any OM606 owner who doesn't fear the glow plugs?
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:42 PM
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I attempted to change out an a/c damper actuator on a Chebby Cobalt. Once I got the dash cover off and saw what was involved I buttoned it back up. Seems the actuators in these systems are a weak spot that start "clicking" when they go bad. Don't seem to cause any issue, just noisy.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:15 PM
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I go along with the W123 / W126 front springs experience for the you're going to loose your nuts kind of scariness but there's also the when will it stop turning to dust experience as you merrily test the integrigty of the rear wheel arches with an angle grinder and wire brush attachment.


Then for the first time you do a timing chain / timing belt there's that "did I really do it right?" feeling as you imagine you can't turn the crank anymore!
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:02 PM
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Scariest: Flat tire on a 966H loader. The scary part was that it happened just outside the ECP of a COP in Afghanistan. We ended up having to pull the tire and wheel, leave the loader where it was, mount a new tire on that wheel back at the FOB, and then convoy back out to reinstall it.

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Old 08-04-2012, 06:14 PM
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Scariest was changing the rear end out on my old Ranger. It fell off the jack stands onto the backup stands during the process.
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:25 PM
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I've never done front springs and it's one repair I might not be willing to do myself, even with the right tool. I think of it -- and all the gruesome possibilities -- whenever I'm mulling over repairs my cars will one day need.
Of things I've done, the most intimidating was definitely the rear subframe/suspension rebuild on the W124. Different kind of scary though ... well, I was pretty terrified I was going to knock the car down on myself. But mostly it was scary because I didn't think I could do it, at several points in the project. For that reason it's one of the things I'm most proud of in my life.
I'm also scared of anything that could involve fire (which is a lot of things) and anything that could lead to runaway. I'm actually scared of almost everything. Not sure why I picked this hobby.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:46 PM
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Misthreaded timing chain tensioner on a OM648 V6 diesel in a Sprinter, that took some head scratching.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:12 PM
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Adjusting Delorean doors and removing Delorean torsion bars. I've done around 5 adjustments and removed torsion bars around 10 times. Only had a hand in breaking one rear window. Torsion bar bracket would not come off the bar due to a mushroomed edge and helper slipped and -chink- went the tempered glass. Thankfully it was tinted.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:21 AM
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Strange, that looks like MY spring compressor you are using, Kris.



Most terrifying repair? Installing a TransGo shift kit for my first time years ago.
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Just tie off the spring with a short chain so that if it gets away from you it won't go far enough to do serious bodily damage.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:53 AM
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being underneath a cab over on heavy duty jack stands, and having a 100 psi steer tire blow up while I was playing with the steering adjustments.

Had to take the day off was so nervous after that. Explosion rocked the entire truck on the stands
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:59 AM
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I haven't had any truly terrifying ones, though when I was tearing apart my parts car last year I came face to face with a couple brown recluse spiders which was a bit unnerving. That was while tearing it down to the firewall, which was not a very fun job. (The car and spiders are long gone now though!)
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I've inflated my fair share of split rim tires over the years. Always some question involved with those.
I did watch a guy weld a hole in a gas tank after running the exhaust from a running car into the fill neck of the tank. He said, no oxygen no explosion. He was right. I was nervous.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:36 PM
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Strange, that looks like MY spring compressor you are using, Kris.



Most terrifying repair? Installing a TransGo shift kit for my first time years ago.
Uhhh nah. I'm not seeing the resemblance.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:35 PM
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Scariest: Suby on a jackstand, torqued on an axle nut by pulling straight up on a breaker bar. Open differential, so the opposite wheel, on the ground pulled the car forward and BANGBANGBANGBANG, the stand collapsed. I wasn't under it, but I take care to use redundant support, and not to linger under a car.

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