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techman93 
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Posted: October 09, 2007 at 9:09 PM / IP Logged  
The worst thing that happened was during a remote starter install on a 1998 Chevy Blazer. While taking apart the dash, I somehow managed to snag the hazard switch that is on top of the steering column with the dash piece. It broke and I ended up paying about $350.00 and while the dealership replaced this they ended up screwing up her alarm that I put in so I had to go back through and test all the connections and reset the brain for it to work again. That is that worst thing that I had to pay for since 1993 to 2002. Then I went out of business because of my ex and a couple years later I am out here in PA and work for a small audio/accessory installer shop.
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Posted: October 10, 2007 at 7:13 AM / IP Logged  
INSTALLER_MSS wrote:
i went to drill the hole in the floor for a support bolt and knicked the fuel line...luckily i had some JB weld and told the guy he needed to leave the car overnight for me to finish up in the morning.  thank God he went for it and by next day the stuff had dried and viola!, no more leak. 
Not cool. Way not cool. That should have been replaced with a new line. JB weld isn't all the great and WILL come loose with vibration.
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auex wrote:
INSTALLER_MSS wrote:
i went to drill the hole in the floor for a support bolt and knicked the fuel line...luckily i had some JB weld and told the guy he needed to leave the car overnight for me to finish up in the morning.  thank God he went for it and by next day the stuff had dried and viola!, no more leak. 
Not cool. Way not cool. That should have been replaced with a new line. JB weld isn't all the great and WILL come loose with vibration.

Ditto on that, this will fail. This is the kind of things that give us all bad names.

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I have 2 .... Doing a simple keyless in (of course) a friends S-10. Attempting to find a nice neat place to hide the relay pack. (added actuators) dropped the relays......catches on some metal brace under the dash, snap, crack, the smoke starts flying as the wire melts all the way to the 12v t-tapped connection, then the main ign. harness starts smokin...... Holy crap. I couldn't rip those relays out fast enough. This is when I learned to wrap the relays in tape. Not to use t-taps, and solderWorst thing you did or encountered? - Page 3 -- posted image.

Puttin a deck in an old Ford manual trans (OLD) lifted 4x4. The truck has no neutral safety, and a bad ign switch. Understand, the shifter is like 2.5 feet long, and has about 3 feet of "throw" (both directions.) So I put the shifter out of the way, commence to hookin up wires...... never worked on an old rig like this before (years ago) time to turn the key and test for switched power.......cranks rite over, the rigs in reverse. Plows right into a new at the time Honda van. I had had a tough day......this was the straw that broke my back.  The shop is L shaped, the truck was on the bottom of the L it flys back and tore the entire front of this van off. then plows thru the sop wall into the next doors shop.

I didn't need to get up the next day for work.........Worst thing you did or encountered? - Page 3 -- posted image.

mrbubbles00482 
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Posted: October 17, 2007 at 10:25 PM / IP Logged  
Ive done a couple things. I was borrowing a friends Recoil Red 1000.1D
and I didn't use a big enough ground from my ground block to the seat bolt and it burnt up the amp, and when a local shop opened it up the copper coils were black. =/ My own stuff though, when finishing my final setup for a while, I hit my high end amp settings vaccuming and switched the 3rd and 4th channel to low pass, causing two of my 4x10's to catch fire. Pretty bad, had to knock out the smoke and small sparks and take then out with like a 3 inch screw driver. =[
hottwhyrd 
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Posted: October 18, 2007 at 12:26 PM / IP Logged  

is it just me or does nothing above me make sense

houndz805 
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Kartuneman is the WINNER. Ford truck thru a car AND a wall. Dude you made my day. LMAO!
It was already broken, but I made sure it could never be fixed again.
ice32 
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houndz805 wrote:
Kartuneman is the WINNER. Ford truck thru a car AND a wall. Dude you made my day. LMAO!
Lol, so true, that was hilarious
thrice010 
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Posted: November 07, 2007 at 9:29 AM / IP Logged  
Those blazer switches are notorious for that.  They have a 30 dollar replacement piece for that now... It's also irritating  on those blazers you have to take the dash off and all of plastic shrouds to do a r/s.  I do remember the tach being easy as hell getting to!   I'm sorry to hear all that other stuff, hopefully you make it!
stereoguyz 
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Posted: November 14, 2007 at 12:48 AM / IP Logged  

Workin on a Freshly Painted 69 Camero SS stolen recovery in a paint shop surrounded with other cars that the squeezed together in this tiny shop when closing up 4 the night, I was replacin the ignition switch, forgot about these old cars being able to start in gear.. on the passenger side layin on the floor across the trany hump and turn the ign to start to test it.. Camero jumps ahead, 454 by the way, luckly i open the hood about a foot, went crashing into a paintbooth heater/vaccum system (probably an expencive thing), only thing i messed up was the hood it caught all the force and bent a bit, but not a scratch on the bumpers or grill nothing.  Paint booth was still workin fine...Shop owner told me the customer wanted a cowl hood anyways so i didnt have to pay anything.   Close call on a

2nd Same shop doing another ignition switch 64 stang, ignition was workin perfect, shop owner says i cant start the car.....  I get there, check my wires looks good, check for 12 @ starter none.hmmmm check my wires again, 12v out 4 start, but wasint getting to the starter back and fourth, back and fourth.   Deside to crank it over manually with a jumper wire, car starts and drives in reverse right into my freshly painted rear doors of my Astro, I was parked maybe 10 feet from it. Guess this car did have a saftey switch.. atleast it was my van i ran it into.  But u should have seen me try to hold onto that mustang like i was going to stop it, i held on all the way hahah. Mustang was fine rubbed some of MY paint off with steelwool.  Still havent fixed my van, Shop owner Still calls me to do work  :)

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