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1981 380SL 151K: 2005 S500 116K
I hijacked this post from another thread as a means of introducing my premise for this thread. Quite simply, what is the 'STUPIDEST EVER' thing you have done to a car...any car, Mercedes or not? I'm talking mostly mechanical here. If your car was impounded because you were speeding on I95 with a trunkful of heroin, that's something stupid you did WITH your car. This thread asks the question, what did you do TO your car. Stupid paint jobs are OK (only if you have the pictures to go with the story) but stories like page's above should give you guidance as to how to approach your response.page62 said:However...it's considered SOP (standard operating procedure) to ground out the coil wire any time an engine is cranked with the coil wire disconnected. This applies to ANY car...not just Mercedes.
(However, you're listening to a guy who burned up a Mustang wiring harness while trying to replace a ignition key cylinder with the battery connected. *cough* *cough*
Since we don't know (yet) if page's wiring harness fiasco is his 'stupidest ever', I will lead off.
I once owned a 1978 Buick Skylark with a peppy little V6. I bought it used, maybe 3 years old but it looked really nice for the times and I liked it. The only problem was that it didn't run as smoothly as I thought it should. I tried lots of things like plugs and stuff but nothing ever changed. Then one day I decided that there was probably something blocking the fuel line at the carb (Stupid). I disconnected the fuel line where it entered the carb and fished around with a little piece of wire as if I might dislodge some piece of crap that was restricting the fuel flow (Stupider). I'd reattach the line, start the car and it still ran the same. I did this several times (Stupidest). Finally, I pulled the fuel line and sprayed some gumout type product in the inlet. Then I restarted the car.
That's right...and as I peeked under the edge of the open hood, I could see fresh unleaded Amoco just pump-assin' across the engine from the fuel line that I had forgotten to reconnect (STUPIDEST EVER!)! Of course, a stray spark from somewhere ignited the gas and the top of the engine went up in flames.
It takes a long time for a bucket to fill with water from the kitchen sink. Luckily, an observant neighbor ran over with some old blankets and smothered the fire. The insurance company actually covered the rebuild of the top end of the engine and the repainting of the hood. I traded the car in shortly thereafter. I couldn't stand the shame.