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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    25 or more years ago I was working on the starter of an RX7 that was resting on two jackstands in the front. The car was in gear but the handbrake was off. I hot wired the starter and somehow the solenoid kicked in, would not cut off, and caused the starter to engage the flywheel. Bad combination with me under the car. The rear wheels, being on the floor, drove the car forward and the jack stands 'walked' forward with the car. It took me about half a second to get out from under it, but that was a LONG half second. It only stopped when it contacted the back wall of the shop. Luckily no damage.
    holy crud, i guess that's why they say to disconnect the battery, right?
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    One More Thing...

    Quote Originally Posted by cakM3 View Post
    Good point Dane! We all should take the time to be aware of hazards when doing maintenance on our cars. Key point is to be safe!
    It helps to keep in mind that any time you are under a car that has been lifted with a 'Harbor Freight Type' floor jack you are trusting your life to a ten-cent Chinese O-ring in the hydraulic circuit. This alone should keep you from being there in the first place. Take time to learn where and how to place your jack stands without going under the car and don't be afraid of redundancy. NEVER allow expedience to cause you to take a short cut with safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    It helps to keep in mind that any time you are under a car that has been lifted with a 'Harbor Freight Type' floor jack you are trusting your life to a ten-cent Chinese O-ring in the hydraulic circuit. This alone should keep you from being there in the first place. Take time to learn where and how to place your jack stands without going under the car and don't be afraid of redundancy. NEVER allow expedience to cause you to take a short cut with safety.
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