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At What Point Did You Realize You Were In Over Your Head With A Car?

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For those who don’t have the reasoned forethought or bulging bank account to solve some major automotive issue, the only option left is to do it yourself. However, if your ambition outweighs your experience and budget, that situations turns sour real quick, so I ask my audience - at what point have you realized that you’ve had enough during a repair, modification, or build?

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My Damascus Road O’Shit moment happened when I was 19 and attempting my very first intensive modification on my first and only car at the time. I was converting the automatic transmission in my 1998 Nissan Maxima GLE to a manual one, with a cheap set of hand tools I bought at Pep Boys and used borrowed jacks and stands. There was a point when it was 4:00 AM, I was exhausted and laying underneath the car, had my tools strewn across my driveway, and came to the realization that if I screwed up, I would cease to have a car. I had no freaking idea what I was doing.

I eventually finished the mod but spent the better part of a few months troubleshooting. Now I turn the question to you - what were your make-it-or-break-it moments when working on a car, where you realized you bit off a little more than you could chew?

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Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes and makes videos about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. You can also follow him onTwitter and Facebook. He won’t mind.

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Ahh, the internet. Without it, I think Microsoft Excel would have failed as a product, its use is so opaque. When is it a comma and when is it a colon, and more importantly, in 2015 WHY DO I HAVE TO FUCKING KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!

But back to cars. Youtube can be helpful, but the forums today are almost exclusively occupied by dimwits and assholes.



  • Question: so my boost pressure shows normal, my timing is correct, my knock sensor is showing no trouble, but my E-throttle slams shut above 3700rpm. Can any one help?
  • Me too.
  • Me too, mine does that
  • No idea
  • Never heard of that one.
  • I posted that once but no one could help
  • Check your rear wheel alignment
  • Well it’s OBVIOUS. Your EPYH is positive when it should be negative and the SRTP value is above 17 when you should be more like 8.
  • Ok, I don’t what terms those are, are we talking about the air flow side or the timing side?
  • IF YOU WEREN’T SO FUCKING STUPID YOU WOULD KNOW YOU ASSHOLE, STOP WASTING MY TIME!
  • Cool down, you chose to answer the question
  • GROW UP AND LEARN HOW TO WORK ON YOUR OWN CAR YOU DIPSHIT
  • Yeah, that idiot is a tool
  • DAMN RIGHT!
  • He prolly voted for Obama
  • Shut up you gun freak
  • Hey the Second Amendment protects all the other amendments!
  • Shut your mouth and go have an abortion
  • you can’t tell me what to do, your mom should have had an abortion!
  • My mom’s pro-life, she would never do that
  • Did the wheel alignment fix it??????