March 28 Open Thread - Throw a wrench at it?
It is Monday again, and this is your open thread for the week. Everything that doesn't fit elsewhere goes into this box.
Question - what is the worst vehicle you've ever had the displeasure of working on? I'll allow you to define worst. My nightmare(s) after the jump.
The reason this is on my mind today is that I am heading out the door after typing this to do a tune-up on a friends 2001 Kia Sedona.
The heater core for this vintage of S-10 is up under the dash on the passanger side. The instructions to remove & repair involve removing/relocating the dash on the truck to get at the top screws in the housing that covers the core. I spent 3 hours bent like a froze pretzle working on this evil thing. I eventually got so angry that I ripped the housing off, snapping the plastic at the top where I could not reach/remove the screws. Did I mention I was unwilling to remove the dash? A handful of bloody knuckles (with the cold they didn't hurt much at this point) and a couple of strings of obscinities that I have mostly vanquished from my vocabulary later and I was able to remove the catastrophically leaking heater core & replace it. The core itself was about a 2 minute job. The rest was spend getting the housing on and off.
The next worst experience I had was the first time I had to replace my wife's '96 Civic's driver's side headlight. Coming in at #3 would be the O2 sensor on that same '88 S-10 (4.3L). Then I'd throw in the removal and replacement of the rear 3 spark plugs in the 3.3L V-6 2001 Dodge Caravan I drive. I'm 99% certain these plugs had 200K+ miles on them. You have to be part monkey to reach them, and being blind actually would be an advantage in removing them since you can't see them at all in the process. Replacing the exhaust on my '75 Impala's 350 on my aunt's driveway in the middle of a Colorado hail storm is also high on my list. I weathered the storm under the car in a tee-shirt & shorts for nearly an hour while it rained down golfball sized chunks of ice from the sky. Between the dirt & rust falling into my eyes and the rain/ice melt running down my back on top of the dehydration I was already suffering it was quite horrific. Not the labor, just the experience. Thus you can define "worst" as you see fit in this thread.
I'm sure there are a few other things I've blocked from my memory, but how about you?
Credits: The Angry Panda's on the Citroen come from my collection of odd things seen on cars.