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Here's Why You Don't Open a Radiator Cap When It's Boiling Hot

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If you thought this was painfully obvious, well, you would be extremely right, as one guy quickly found out with a BMW E36.

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Observe the youthful laughter as this bro sets himself up for immediate and painful disappointment, unscrewing a clearly steaming hot rad cap with just a little towel to cover his hand. Not enough, bud!

The video (currently at 1.7 million lesson-learning views) uploaded by Matthew Elliot in the UK, got an update as well from Mr. Elliot:

And this kids is why you don’t open a radiator cap when it’s boiling hot🤣🤣 lesson learnt Jamie Palfreman? Jack Horton 😂UPDATE; the boys now out of hospital and got his bandage 🤣👌

Jalopnik has reached out to Mr. Elliot for comment and will update if we hear back.

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Remember: If you are laughing your way into something that seems inadvisable that you know is inadvisable, it’s probably inadvisable and you shouldn’t do it.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

My first thought was “WTF were they thinking?!”

Then I realized that portrait video actually works ok in this case.

Sick burn, though.