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theCybe
05-18-2008, 04:26 PM
Yesterday was a bittersweet day for the dub.

I picked up an old friend to give him a ride - he was doing well, and we exchanged some signs of the times, stories, etc. He liked the car, and commented that he'd heard they were pretty quick. I mashed the gas on the way up the onramp;

Right where the boost usually kicks in, I heard a sound a lot like letting the air out of a basketball. The car wouldn't accelerate.
I checked my noise-pipe delete, and it was snug as ever.

Must've torn the DV.
****.

I had the day all planned -- driving out to Old Man's Cave, a scenic hiking area about an hour away. I went anyway - the roads out there are winding, curvy, wide open -- turbo or not, I didn't wanna miss it.

The main part of the drive was great - very sluggish in the passing lane, but I did manage to squeeze about 24MPG on the way over. Once we were off the freeway, the fun began; Snaking my way through the dips, valleys, curves. Beautiful scenery. Some deer. Cows.

A pothole.

I've never lost a tire like that before. The GTI didn't fight or pull hard - but the tire was flat instantly.

My fast was sad..

I pull to a driveway, and begin the ceremony. The jack, the spare, the little tool to pull the plastic caps off. The wheel lock key. I look under the car and locate the jack point, and ask my passenger to hand me the Widowmaker.

"The what?!" I've had so many cars up on so many jacks in so many places, I thought nothing of it.

"The Widowmaker - it's the scissor jack they throw in to save space. About two dollars worth of steel. They call it that because it's not a good jack - people have died", I said with a sarcastic seriousness.
I was just teasing her a little. No problem - a few turns later, the passenger side of the car's in the air.

So, off come the plastic caps - the lugs, the lock. The car's been really steady on the jack the whole time, wrenching off the lugs. One hand on the bottom wheelspoke, I smack the top of the tire to release it from the hub.

That's when it happened - As I set the wheel/tire on the ground, the weight of the car shifted.

The back tire touched gravel.

Somebody yelled.
:eek:

In slow motion, the jack tipped, and the car came down.


Right onto my hand.


I didn't make a sound - didn't jump, jerk, curse. Nothing.

Shock, I guess. Someone snatched my hand up with incredible energy and stared - must've been counting my fingers.

:eyebulge:

My hand was atop the tire, between the tread and the fender. The rotor struck the inside of my Huff, and the suspension rebounded. The fender bounced right off my knuckles.

I lost some skin, but all my digits are present. If the rotor had missed the wheel -- or if I was lowered -- I would undoubtedly
be typing a little more slowly today.







Hope you enjoyed this true story.
Be safe, and lucky.

ThatChevyGuy
05-18-2008, 04:30 PM
Glad your okay!

wu501
05-18-2008, 04:30 PM
lol...sounds like you had a great day :)

btdickey99
05-18-2008, 04:31 PM
thats the ESP for ya

smd4life
05-18-2008, 04:34 PM
pretty gay man

silvercookie
05-18-2008, 04:36 PM
holy ****

Rawr-DQ
05-18-2008, 04:38 PM
Too dramatic.

All you had to say is a POS jack fell over, and the car hit my hand, almost cutting my fingers off.

****** *** jack.

theCybe
05-18-2008, 04:45 PM
Too dramatic.

Entertainment, man. Entertainment.

If I was just gonna say '****ni car fell over' I wouldn't have bothered to post.

:)

kotec123
05-18-2008, 04:49 PM
20th gti?

hoxie08
05-18-2008, 04:57 PM
**** thats some bad luck right there!!!!

HungNeckTight
05-18-2008, 05:02 PM
post this on vortex yet?

theCybe
05-18-2008, 10:20 PM
i don't use the vortex - their forum software is garbage, like audiworld.

:) i post on golfmkv.

geowick07
05-18-2008, 10:27 PM
I have had the same experience. Had a scissor-jack (AKA WidowMaker, lol, never heard it called that before) that decided it didn't want to cooperate with me. Ended up having to replace a rotor and caliper when it decided it was coming down.
Those jacks are the worst idea ever. Why can't they come up with something else that would work on lower cars? I now have a very small floor jack in my trunk at all times, and if i buy a car with a scissor-jack in it, it immediately finds its way into the junk pile in the garage.

ngsm13
05-18-2008, 10:30 PM
Snaps.

nG

casper97ta
05-18-2008, 10:34 PM
I hate scissor jacks. First thing that gos on on any car I have. I carry small floor jacks.

Tehgregzor
06-12-2008, 02:46 PM
I rather enjoyed the story!!!!

I'm glad you're alright. I get burns and cuts all over my hands, but if i lost a finger...god **** i'd hate myself!

MikeATL
06-12-2008, 03:20 PM
wow - that's crazy. I had one of these collapse when I was a kid and it's scary stuff. Glad you didn't get hurt badly!

JCJetta
06-13-2008, 08:50 AM
Roadside assistance FTW. Unless of course you didn't want to wait 4 hours...

Glad you are OK! What about the wheel/tire? Potholes are not Huff-friendly, which is why I stuck with the 17" Denvers for my MKV. Even still, Detroit roads are brutal.

PsychoTheRapist
06-13-2008, 08:58 AM
Even still, Michigan roads are brutal and **** complete *** year 'round..

Edited for clarity.

Flipx99
06-13-2008, 09:00 AM
you sir, are a good story teller.


i always carry a floor jack :fyi:

x2

bigbangtheory
06-17-2008, 12:21 AM
I don't even have a jack of any type, nor a spare tire. :( All my audioz are in the spare well tire spot, lol!

Roadside FTW! Wait FTL!

Jmac
06-17-2008, 01:15 AM
Yesterday was a bittersweet day for the dub.

I picked up an old friend to give him a ride - he was doing well, and we exchanged some signs of the times, stories, etc. He liked the car, and commented that he'd heard they were pretty quick. I mashed the gas on the way up the onramp;

Right where the boost usually kicks in, I heard a sound a lot like letting the air out of a basketball. The car wouldn't accelerate.
I checked my noise-pipe delete, and it was snug as ever.

Must've torn the DV.
****.

I had the day all planned -- driving out to Old Man's Cave, a scenic hiking area about an hour away. I went anyway - the roads out there are winding, curvy, wide open -- turbo or not, I didn't wanna miss it.

The main part of the drive was great - very sluggish in the passing lane, but I did manage to squeeze about 24MPG on the way over. Once we were off the freeway, the fun began; Snaking my way through the dips, valleys, curves. Beautiful scenery. Some deer. Cows.

A pothole.

I've never lost a tire like that before. The GTI didn't fight or pull hard - but the tire was flat instantly.

My fast was sad..

I pull to a driveway, and begin the ceremony. The jack, the spare, the little tool to pull the plastic caps off. The wheel lock key. I look under the car and locate the jack point, and ask my passenger to hand me the Widowmaker.

"The what?!" I've had so many cars up on so many jacks in so many places, I thought nothing of it.

"The Widowmaker - it's the scissor jack they throw in to save space. About two dollars worth of steel. They call it that because it's not a good jack - people have died", I said with a sarcastic seriousness.
I was just teasing her a little. No problem - a few turns later, the passenger side of the car's in the air.

So, off come the plastic caps - the lugs, the lock. The car's been really steady on the jack the whole time, wrenching off the lugs. One hand on the bottom wheelspoke, I smack the top of the tire to release it from the hub.

That's when it happened - As I set the wheel/tire on the ground, the weight of the car shifted.

The back tire touched gravel.

Somebody yelled.
:eek:

In slow motion, the jack tipped, and the car came down.


Right onto my hand.


I didn't make a sound - didn't jump, jerk, curse. Nothing.

Shock, I guess. Someone snatched my hand up with incredible energy and stared - must've been counting my fingers.

:eyebulge:

My hand was atop the tire, between the tread and the fender. The rotor struck the inside of my Huff, and the suspension rebounded. The fender bounced right off my knuckles.

I lost some skin, but all my digits are present. If the rotor had missed the wheel -- or if I was lowered -- I would undoubtedly
be typing a little more slowly today.







Hope you enjoyed this true story.
Be safe, and lucky. ******* ...

Loosen the lugs BEFORE you jack the car up ...

You'd think after having done this so many times you would know that ...

Glad your fingers are okay, BTW ...

Eugenics
06-17-2008, 01:47 AM
nazi death wagon.

alxmlr789
06-17-2008, 01:59 AM
I do see why they call them widowmakers now.

That is intense man.

I have a similar story, I was under my friends dad's Chevy HD2500 getting the spare out, them things are big! Anyways, i get it up on the stand, and i hear a door open, my friend hops in the truck, and as he does the jack begins to physically BEND :wow:, the whole car comes crashing down.

I'm lucky that the tire was still on there or my skull would have been crushed.

Scared the **** out of me, and i will NEVER ride with this kid again. He is one of the biggest idiots I know.

Glad you're okay.