Car forums should be about lending a helping hand to fellow car enthusiasts as well as the uninitiated. Jalopnik readers found that they're sometimes just about the most mindless places on the Internet.
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Here we have another classic forum troll. You can see the original thread where a guy claims to have been advised to weld his diff for extra traction, only to pretzel his driveline. There's no way this one is real, we hope.
Among the worst advice on car forums is forum trolling. It only gets worse when trolling leads to counter-trolling, in the famous example of the water Mustang. At first a newb thread ends with the sagely advice "haha awsome, make sure wen u drain ur oil u flush it out with about 20-30 gallons of water threw there and crank it over a few times, it will really help u out." Four days later we get this gem.
My car was idling like crap the other day so I figured since I just got it, it may have been awhile since anyone changed the oil out. I decided to go ahead and change the oil. I used Mobile 1 synthentic oil like I was reccomended on here. Anyways, I drain out the oil and noticed it was extremely dark and even after 10 minutes of draining, it was still coming out. I decided to go ahead and flush it to make sure all the bad stuff got out. I hooked up the hose, ran water through the engine, started it up and was waiting for the water to come out clean (The engine never went above idle so I was told this would be ok). Anyways, About 3 minutes into this, then engine starts shaking and shuts off. I figured it was all cleaned out so I plugged it up, added the oil and figured I was ready to go. WRONG! The car won't freaking start now. This car has been nothing but trouble for me, I think I am done with it.
A common line on diesel forums is that OEM parts should be able to handle 200-500% of stock power with a simple chip. These forum posts are typically followed a few weeks later with complaints about blown head gaskets and/or wrecked bottom ends. Big surprise.
As we speak, there are thousands of teenagers stiffening the living crap out of their cars, turning them into bone-rattling torture boxes. There is more to life than swaybars.
People still think that you can just throw a turbocharger at an engine and BAM! Instantly double your power. There's actually a lot of work that goes into any turbocharger build, and it's not for the faint of heart. Still, forum-dwellers recommend the operation all the time, no matter what the skill level.
If you want to look trendy and only let your car go slow, sure, tire stretching is a fun thing to do. Just don't be surprised when the whole tire tears apart one day.
HID kits almost universally look dumb, they shine light like crazy if your car isn't set up for them, and the bulbs wear out all the time. Of course forum dudes recommend them like crazy.
The dumbest question asked on forums is ‘how do I make my POS to run 14s and be super fast?' The worst advice is to say that it's anywhere near possible. In a classic forum-shared article Sport Compact Car showed just what it does take to get a Sentra to that kind of speed, and they had to cut the car down to the frame.
Ah, Direct Exhaust Injection, the greatest internet car troll of all time. Read the thread right here and laugh until you cry.
Thanks to forums, we live in a world full of heated springs, poorly cut springs, and totally ruined cars. Lower the car they said. It'll be fun they said.