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Unread 07-04-2013, 06:54 AM   #1
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Default What is your craziest parking-lot repair?

Well a couple days ago while driving to work, my driver side window went off track and went into my door. A few minutes looking at some Nissan Service Manuals online and an hour in the parking lot with some of my coworkers tools, I had it repaired and put back together. XD

So do you all have any interesting parking-lot repairs?
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Unread 07-04-2013, 07:27 AM   #2
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A cooling line blew off the head of my supra while driving one summer, about 20 min in the parking lot, some random guys needle nose pliers he loaned me, a few burnt finger tips, and we were back on the road!
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I have changed belts, hoses, water pumps, starters, alternators. I jerry rigged my old Oldsmobile back together after a wreck that totaled the car...in the parking lot of a Pick it place.
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Not a parking lot but my truck overheated while I was off roading a few days ago and the coolant was boiling over since I took my engine fan out. Going slowly up a mountain in 1st gear on a hot day will do that

Luckily I kept the fan in my tool box so I put that back on, put some water in the reservoir and was good to go. I could only get the bolts finger tight because I didn't have a 10mm box-end wrench on me (ratchet with 10mm socket was too big) so I took the fan off again before I went on the highway. The bolts holding the fan on also held on the crank pulley. And no, the searing hot engine didn't help things.

One of these days I'll get an electric fan

Actual parking lot: Changed my mom's battery in a K-mart parking lot yesterday, but that wasn't as exciting. Good thing that K-mart sold car batteries haha
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I replaced a rear end in a 70's Mazda rotary in a parking lot after my friend blew it up doing donuts.

I replaced a broken timing belt in an 80's Tercel

I replaced the in tank fuel pump in my daughter's Honda.
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Completlely shot FPR wouldn't let the silvy run at all. Do'nt remember what it was but some bypass or something trick will let it run temporarily.

Also had a flat (completely flat) tire 2 blocks from a tire shop, just drove it...

Replaced a litany of my sister's tires (she's really great at having flats. Seriously probably 3 a year...) at various places on hills, in rain, snow, you name it. I actually kept wheel chocks and a star wrench in her Bonneville because of it. Since she has the Sonic she has roadside assistance do it for free
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I've changed a battery cable end in a truck stop parking lot, and I've swapped a battery or two. Oh, and I bopped a stuck float into not sticking a few times with a wrench. On friend's cars I've done quite a bit more..mounted a donut, countless jump-starts, bodged an alternator once, all sorts of stuff.
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Replaced the alternator on the Aveo... which is now totaled. :\ Look for my next vehicle (possibly) in the CarFax thread.
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Replaced an alternator in a parking lot without a jackstand (put it up on the curb) some early 90's ford.
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alt on a altima in LSUs parking lot. Starter on a accord last week at the gas station. battery on a durango at walmart 2 weeks ago. jerry riged the shifter in the gto at a gas station when it snapped in half a month ago ( drove around with just 4th gear for a week). Oh and 2 fuel pumps on Volvo on side ofnthe road couple weeks ago.who knows what else.
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