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Thu, Oct. 19th, 2006, 04:28 pm

Last night I bought new brake pads for my car (ive done this many times before). I drove home from work and hung out for a bit to let the brakes cool down.
Went outside and brought all my tools (such that they are). I grabbed the jack from the trunk (standard issue scissor one) and jacked the car up on my gravel driveway. Then I took the tire off of the car and went over to grab my wrenches.
It was at this point that I heard the distinct sound of creaking metal..... My jack promplty folds in half and out from under my car!!!!
Therby putting the front drivers side corner of my car into the gravel driveway...
So... now i have a car with 3 tires and one rotor wedged in the dirt and gravel. AAaaaannd.... no jack
I run up to autozone to see if i can rent a jack (they do tool rental in my area). Well aparently they dont rent jacks ever, you had to buy them.
So 20$ later I have a reletively cheap off brand hydraulic jack.
I head back home and look at my situation again...well the right side of the car is to low to jack up seing as its wedged in the ground.
So i put the jack under the left front end hoping to jack it high enough to raise both sides and drop the tire on the wheel again.
But the cheap jack ... while it will work under normal situations ... will not bring the car high enough. It pulls the other side up about 5 inches off the ground
So now I go door to door (literally) asking if anyone has another floor jack. I FINALLY find a second hydraulic jack.
I used that jack wedge under the no tire side (now 6 inches off the ground) jacked that side up. - then i removed the other jack from the other side and moved it to the center of the car
then i jacked it up there as well.
and i could FINALLY change my brake pads
1. i wasnt under the car when it cam crashing down
2. i dindt break anything on my car when it fell.
if i had been on concrete the best scenario would have been a broken rotor. worst .... i dont even want to think about it..

The brakes work perfectly now btw :)

Thu, Oct. 19th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)

The only thing I know about my car is where to put the gas. I cherish my ignorance on the subject.

Fri, Oct. 20th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)

You could have been killed! Glad your breaks works now.