Skip to comments.What if you use the wrong stuff? (the wrong fluids in the wrong place for your car)
Posted on 10/09/2010 12:39:20 PM PDT by DemforBush
It's not uncommon for people to use the wrong fluids in their cars, and the results of doing so can vary from irritating to deadly. For example, adding antifreeze to the windshield-washer reservoir might just create a slimy mess. But filling it with only water creates a good breeding ground for the bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease, according to a study conducted by the British Health Protection Agency. This can increase your chances of becoming ill...
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Some of these others, though, yeesh. I'm not sure I'd want to ride with the person who makes the mistakes they're talking about!
One I was standing in the checkout line at a Target store. The guy ahead of me had two bottles of Heineken beer and two bottles of Pennzoil motor oil. I told him, “whatever you do, don’t get those mixed up”.
Couple of weeks ago, I poured orange juice into my coffeemaker.
A few years ago I bought engine booster (goes in the gas tank) and a quart of oil for my car.
Poured the boost in the engine.
I immediately stopped what I was doing and had my car towed to a mechanic. He told me that it probably made things run smoother. (But proceed to change the oil for me anyway.)
dumb dumb dumb...
I got mixed up once thinking that power steering fluid and brake fluid were the same, instead of power steering and tranny fluid. Took out the master cylinder and brake lines.
They should add “don’t add acetone to your gas tank” to this list also.
Once long ago my friend was bleeding the brakes on his car into an empty beer bottle. Problem was, he was drinking a beer of the same brand at the same time. Well, he wasn’t paying attention and ended up taking a healthy swig of brake fluid.
He was in the hospital for three days.
(Now look at 710 upside down.)
“Couple of weeks ago, I poured orange juice into my coffeemaker.”
Juice tastes pretty shitty on Corn Flakes too.
Acetone loves the taste of rubber and plastic.
You know what comes next.
I discovered it as soon as I pulled the dipstick to check the level. Back to the auto store I went.
Sure cleaned my crankcase out, though.
A few years ago, in my travel kit I had a travel size tube of toothpaste, and also a small tube of Preparation H, nearly identical size & color.
I’m just going to let y’all guess what happened one morning at oral hygiene time.
Im just going to let yall guess what happened one morning at oral hygiene time.”
I’ll bet you were puckered up for a week.
I had a Grand Wagoneer with a slipping transmission that leaked a little. I had it serviced and it still slipped and leaked.I drained it and filled it and it still slipped and leaked a little. I put Lucas transmission gunk in it and it still slipped and leaked. At one point I put a half a bottle of 40 weight in it when I was tired and not paying proper attention till I saw the oil bottle in my hand pouring into the tranny. I said Oh Damn! and drove it across town to the mechanic. On the ride I noticed it wasn’t slipping so I turned around and went home. I put 29,000 more miles on the thing before I sold it with the transmission giving me no more trouble- no slip and no leak.
My daughter once added a quart of oil to the radiator in our B-210 thinking that’s where you put the oil. A week later I checked fluid levels and thought the engine must be shot because there was oil in the water. Daughter saw what I was doing and said “oh is that the water cap?” We got it straightened out but I despaired of her learning anything about that sort of thing and she got strict orders to call Dad whenever anything needed doing on the car. Later she was all-time valedictorian at her small college and went on to a very successful career with an MBA but she never could figure out cars beyond simply driving them.
Consider it a success that she could drive one, most people on the roads these days just aim them and hope.
Just starting route 66 I accidently filled the r.v. up with GAS.
Did NOT start the vehicle so it did not get in to the engine system.
Called and had it towed where they pumped the tank and gave me 10 gallons of diesel and charged 160 bucks. I gave they guy 200 and told him to take his wife to dinner.
Not the only dumb thing I’ve ever done. HONEST.
Every summer I help drive busloads of kids to a Christian Camp in Northern Michigan. (I even drive this year after moving to Maryland) Our buses are diesel coaches except for one that is a gas engine. One day, one of our drivers, who is a long haul trucker and only pumps diesel wasn’t thinking. They had fun draining a gas tank on the side of the road.