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Thread: Must read before performing maintenance on your car!!!!

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    Must read before performing maintenance on your car!!!!

    Christian Richard Klorczyk

    This is a story about the life, and sad death of Christian Richard Klorczyk, who died far too young. RIP Christian and prayers to your Family and friends. Let this forever be a reminder to all of us who DIY.

    Christian Richard Klorczyk

    Christian Richard Klorczyk Slideshow

    Safe Jack points. Please review the following thread prior to performing maintenance under your car. Assess the risk, and if you don't feel safe, take it into the shop.

    Safe Jack Points

    Near Miss - Good Data

    Jack Stands

    Others feel free to chime into this thread and add safety tips that aren't stated in the other four threads above.

    Be safe Fella's
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    Call Me Dane l 2/2004 330i ZHP l 18x8 ET45 BBS CK's wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ @ 245-40-18 l KW V1 Coilovers in front l KW V1 springs w/ Bilstein B8 dampeners in rear l BMW Performance Rotors l UUC StrutBarbarian l Racing Dynamics Rear Strut Bar l Jim Conforti Shark Injector l Light Birch Interior Trim l Bimmian Celly Mount l M3 Trunk Mat l l e90 Performance E-Brake & Shift Knob l M3 Tri-Stitched Boots l AL Headlight Retrofit with ZKW Lenses l CobyWheel Wrap w/M3 Stitching l LCM sw 4.5 triple blink and rear fogs

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    No flame suit required!
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    Call Me Dane l 2/2004 330i ZHP l 18x8 ET45 BBS CK's wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ @ 245-40-18 l KW V1 Coilovers in front l KW V1 springs w/ Bilstein B8 dampeners in rear l BMW Performance Rotors l UUC StrutBarbarian l Racing Dynamics Rear Strut Bar l Jim Conforti Shark Injector l Light Birch Interior Trim l Bimmian Celly Mount l M3 Trunk Mat l l e90 Performance E-Brake & Shift Knob l M3 Tri-Stitched Boots l AL Headlight Retrofit with ZKW Lenses l CobyWheel Wrap w/M3 Stitching l LCM sw 4.5 triple blink and rear fogs

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    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!
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    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!
    Much agreed, I think that's the reason my back is injured. I got in a hurry when working on the ccv replacement. Looking back, I should have taken the time to jack the front up before performing the task.

    PS the injury has gotten worse, pain is gone in my back, but moved to my left leg, which hints that it's damaging the nerve.

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    yup yup. Next time I need to get under the car I will be ordering these 2 piece ramps. I really dislike using jacks/jack stands if I can avoid it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbeckel View Post
    Much agreed, I think that's the reason my back is injured. I got in a hurry when working on the ccv replacement. Looking back, I should have taken the time to jack the front up before performing the task.

    PS the injury has gotten worse, pain is gone in my back, but moved to my left leg, which hints that it's damaging the nerve.
    not necessarily. two fingers in my left hand went numb for no reason. It took 4+(!) months but they're back to normal. My co worker had severe pain in his leg that the doctors contributed to a nerve in his back. He went to physical therapy and I think it helped a lot if not totally got rid of his pain. I would go to the doctor and ask about getting with a physical therapist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCalZman View Post
    yup yup. Next time I need to get under the car I will be ordering these 2 piece ramps. I really dislike using jacks/jack stands if I can avoid it.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER



    not necessarily. two fingers in my left hand went numb for no reason. It took 4+(!) months but they're back to normal. My co worker had severe pain in his leg that the doctors contributed to a nerve in his back. He went to physical therapy and I think it helped a lot if not totally got rid of his pain. I would go to the doctor and ask about getting with a physical therapist.
    I have ramps. Very little help imo. Most of the maintenance it seems like I do is suspension, wheel, brake related. Ramps no good for that.

    Under engine stuff, oil/tranny/diff fluid changes or exhaust tweaks.... Sure.

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    Call Me Dane l 2/2004 330i ZHP l 18x8 ET45 BBS CK's wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ @ 245-40-18 l KW V1 Coilovers in front l KW V1 springs w/ Bilstein B8 dampeners in rear l BMW Performance Rotors l UUC StrutBarbarian l Racing Dynamics Rear Strut Bar l Jim Conforti Shark Injector l Light Birch Interior Trim l Bimmian Celly Mount l M3 Trunk Mat l l e90 Performance E-Brake & Shift Knob l M3 Tri-Stitched Boots l AL Headlight Retrofit with ZKW Lenses l CobyWheel Wrap w/M3 Stitching l LCM sw 4.5 triple blink and rear fogs

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    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.

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