Jeep Runs Over Mattress, Develops "Shimmy" From Mass Of Wires, Cords Attached To Drivetrain

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What happens when a Jeep drives over a mattress? An Escher-like hellscape of cord and wires that didn't stop the Jeep for 30 miles and only when the wires finally punctured the fuel tank.

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The following stunning display of driver ignorance is making the rounds in a number of fan-boy forums across the internet: a Jeep owner mowed over a mattress and decided to press forward. Only after his vehicle stalled due to lack of fuel after 30 miles did he decide to contact the dealer and see what the matter might be. What unfolds can only be described as an Escher-like hellscape.

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The amalgamation of cord and wires that used to be a mattress wound itself around the driveshaft and rear axle, creating a deadly whip that gashed it's way through the gas tank. The draining of his precious fuel, not the terrible shaking, is what ultimately brought the owner into the dealer. We would've loved to be part of the laugh-fest that surely took place at said dealer after this mess rolled in. The text of the email is located below for your enjoyment.

Illustration for article titled Jeep Runs Over Mattress, Develops Shimmy From Mass Of Wires, Cords Attached To Drivetrain
Illustration for article titled Jeep Runs Over Mattress, Develops Shimmy From Mass Of Wires, Cords Attached To Drivetrain

This guy ran over a mattress and decided to keep going. The ensuing jumble finally whipped around enough to put a tear in the gas tank,
the subsequent lack of fuel is what finally brought this vehicle to its knees.

It had still managed to drive 30 more miles decently with a 60lb tangle wrapped around the driveshaft.

This genius complained that the vehicle had a "shimmy" when
driving it high speeds.

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Hat tip to BJ!
[WranglerForum]

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DISCUSSION

I was driving down the highway one dark, rainy and lonely night...

I was driving a 1978 4WD Suburban and the cars in front of me parted and I hit a spare tire on a rim at about 65. The Suburban jumped about a foot in the air and landed okay but it shimmied a bit after that. It had no structural rigidity anyway.

6000 pound truck and it hopped. Not cool.