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    The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

    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.


    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.
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    Re: The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

    Glad your okay!



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    Re: The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

    lol...sounds like you had a great day




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    Re: The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

    thats the ESP for ya



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    Re: The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

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    Re: The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

    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.



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    Re: The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rawr-DQ View Post
    Too dramatic.
    Entertainment, man. Entertainment.

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





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    Re: The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

    20th gti?



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    **** thats some bad luck right there!!!!




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    Re: The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

    post this on vortex yet?




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    i don't use the vortex - their forum software is garbage, like audiworld.

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    Re: The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

    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.




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    Snaps.

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    Re: The Widowmaker - never thoght it'd happen to me.

    I hate scissor jacks. First thing that gos on on any car I have. I carry small floor jacks.



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