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Stupid move of the day

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Just needed to vent about the dumbass move I made today. Put on the new e30 weaves last week. So this afternoon I decided to drive it from storage to the house to start some minor welding projects. About a block from the house, the front left wheel rolls past me and I grind to a halt on the subframe. Fortunately I was moving about 5 MPH when this happened, and was no on a busy street. I got the wheel back on with the assistance of the tow truck and towed it back to the storage shed. Clearly, I am a moron.

Damage-wise, it looks like I snapped one of the bushings on the swaybar, and bent the front fender. I am concerned about the wheel studs however. Do i need to replace these? The lug nuts went back on with no threading issues, but I am afraid that I may have unduly stressed them.

Thoughts about safety and my total lack of a brain are welcome.

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...."thoughts about safety and my total lack of a brain are welcome"

1) find another hoby before you kill yerself or someone else

2) get formal mechanic training

3) find an expert to lead you

4) read a repair manual and owner's handbook

and adhere to what it says

5) yes you need new parts that got bent, landed on the ground

dragged, rusty, old, over used.........

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forgot to add a few steps:

6. Purchase a torque wrench

7. Learn how to use said torque wrench

8. Leave all repairs/modifications to a professional

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we all have those "stupid move" days. some more expensive than others.

just remember to always double check your work before the key goes into the ignition. think about what you touched, and check to make sure you touched it again to put it back together correctly.

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It can happen to even the professionals. I remember watching at least one Winston Cup race where Mark Martin's crew left the lug nuts loose on one side. He exited the pits then one of his tires passed him. Luckily he wasn't going too fast.

At least you didn't duplicate that weird Greek? movie where the guy/gal throw their 2002 wheels/tires into a pond after being chase from the checkpoint.

It sort of helps having OCD. Ask me how many times I check to see if the car is locked, house is locked, garage door is down, lug nuts/CV joint bolts/guibo bolts are still tight and both cats are accounted for.

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Take the hubcaps (or if no hubcaps, a rag or towel) and place it/them on top of your dashboard or on the shift lever in plain sight. Don't remove your reminder until you've torqued down all the lugnuts/bolts. It also helps not to interrupt yourself (or get interrupted) while tightening, or you'll forget something.

Don't feel bad, it's happened to most all of us at least once!

cheers

mike

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Write important messages on piece of tape. Place over the ignition. I like to do this for things like "don't forget to put oil back in" and "you don't have any coolant".

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That's a good thought. I have been wrenching for 20 years on BMWs, MGs, etc. and have never done anything this stupid.

By, I saw the McLaren mechanics do it at the 2011 Silverstone GP with Button's car, so I don't feel to badly.

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"Hey, y'all watch this ......"

some days I feel like a need a checklist just to prepare a bowl of cereal for breakfast .....

Cheers,

Carl

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dont feel bad ....stuff happens.....at least you are trying.I think anyone who says they have never ever fooked somethingup is bullshifting.I just dropped a 2008toyo tundra skidplate on my fORehead doing a oil change.

(and yes the hooks are supposed to hold it in place with bolts removed)

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I dropped the driveshaft on my head the first time I replaced a guibo. Still remember that one.

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Been there done that. I have watched my front wheel go straight when I was in a turn on the race track. The suggestion of a note on the steering wheel is a good one. G

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I dropped a 2002 diff on my chest one day because I forgot to support it while undoing the last bolt, and upon reassembling my Volvo after changing the timing belt, cams and PCV system pulled right out onto the highway and popped off a turbo hose the second i hit the highway, making the car freak out and dump gas into the car. Top speed 35... had to go 2 exits down to turn around and head back home. Not fun.

Since then, I always follow this lesson:

1st drives after minor or major repairs- go around the neighborhood, start out slow and get the car up to temp, get out, check everything, go a little faster and if everything checks out get it out on the road and take it for a rip.

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I forgot to torque or under torqued the cam bolt on my diesel truck when I built the new motor. Died in the middle of my commute to work one morning. Towed it home and have been putting a fairly large amount of hours into it since...

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