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    Unhappy What a day.....

    I set today aside so I could service both mine and my wifes car

    Nice sunny dat so lets get going

    Well the first thing to go bent was the car was the car collapsing of both jacks just after I dad wriggled out from underneath after doing the sump nut up

    The plastic block gave way causing the car to slide sideways off the jack and trolley jack breaking the VX jack in the process

    I have absolutly no idea why this happened just very thankfull it didn't happen two minutes earlier.

    Well the rest of the service was the normal knuckle scraping fun

    Now on to the BMW..... Car is a 1998 325i coupe.

    All going ok and I was being timed as I said it would only take an hour

    Well the final hurdle of putting the sump nut back in and it sheared in half when only half way done up

    Luckily I managed to get the broken bit out but then spent 4 hours driving around until i managed to source one from Halfords of all places and disaster was averted

    In the end I was bashing knuckles from 09.30 this morning until about half five.

    I'm exhausted and slightly lucky to be in one piece.

    Now having a well earned beer

    Jon

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    You were lucky not have been under the car when the jack failed!

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    ah typical service then...........

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    Always use axle stands when under a car matey, they dont cost that much but they save lives and save damage bills

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    As above mate, I got my Axle stands for fifteen quid.

    The jack is way too dodgy to be underneath it!

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    what was you doing to bash your knuckles and is your middle name lucky

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    Axle stands it is then

    And I think my middle name must be lucky

    Jon

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    How on earth did you manage to shear the sump nut doing it up?

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    Christ you were lucky there mate!! sounds like you had a similar day to me with annoying timewasting issues, mine was on my Yamaha 900 diversion motorcycle and a simple job of removing plugs , clean and re-gap or so I thought!! 1x plug was seizing 3/4 way down on refitting a bit of a long story but got it sorted and finally finished at around the same time as you, sometimes you wonder why you start the damn job !!
    Cheers Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by VauxVeteran View Post
    How on earth did you manage to shear the sump nut doing it up?

    Well this is just it.... The sump is alloy so you can't go mental anyway.

    The nut wasn't even half way done up and I was using a socket and ratchet because it was not loose enough for finger tightening.

    All of a sudden it gave. I could understand if I was being a bit heavy handed but I have been servicing cars since I was a kid and I know whats to tight!

    Everyone I showed it too today was gobsmacked and they thought it was metal fatigue when they looked at it.

    Just unlucky it was me as the wife normally takes it to this chap who has been servicing her car for years. The next person who would have touched it would have broken it

    Jon

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