I got this in an e-mail today and thought I would share.
This genius complained that the vehicle had a "shimmy" when driving it at high speeds.
We wonder why? No more said.
Driveline Vibration Issue - Possible Root Cause
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 60# tangle
wrapped around the driveshaft.
This is what the dealership found..............
We have a 6 foot Rhino shredder for one of our tractors heavy enough to mow down small trees and a few years back my Dad spun 200' of barbed wire between the blades and the housing before stopping the cutter. I had to hoist the unit up on a two ton A-frame and take an acetylene torch to the mess which took over an hour to burn and tug free from the blades and cutter flywheel. It's amazing what can happen in just a few seconds when asleep at the wheel! ....Michael Pawelek
LOL... I did the same thing with a flail mower a couple of months ago. Must have been some Ferrel fencing from years ago. The flail spins at nearly 3x PTO speed and can wind up a lot of fence in a hurry. It wasn't until a cedar post hit the back and stalled the tractor that I knew what was going on. Must have been like three seconds from the time I first heard the "ting" and the flail drive belts squealed and the engine died.
Once again, proof that some folks really should use public transportation....
OK.. so now can I have my mattress back?
Obviously , not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
George n L.A.
Or a taco shy of a combination platter...
Most of us T owners are very mechanically inclined. Some people just don't have a clue about anything mechanical.
My wife, an accomplished nurse with an advanced degree, as a teenager, drove a car until it died from lack of oil. No one bothered to tell her to check the oil. It doesn't mean that she is any less bright than any of us.
Come to think of it, I did the same thing to a friends scooter when about 12.
I worked for Linus Pauling at one time. He won two Nobel prizes. I got a call from him one day to help him when the points on his 1976 Ford needed adjusting to the point where the car would not run.
For some reason, my wife loves to talk about the cobbler's children going barefoot..
I saw Neil's message and my wife did the direct opposite. She and her college roomates who knew all about car maintenance, drove to florida. Every time they stopped for gas they added a quart of oil. By the time they got back to Michigan, the engine was smoking, leaking and a complete mess. I don't think her father ever got it going right again. Don't really know which would be worse, 10 quarts or so of extra oil, or no oil? Another story.
I still remember one incident in College engine class. There was a basic maintenance class just before ours. One of the students came in complaining that they couldn't get one engine started (there were about 12 engines on stands for the classes). Our professor (Dr. Jolly--really!) went over to see what the problem was. As soon as he cranked it over, Oil spurted out of the fill pipe on him and anything else nearby. Turned out someone had swapped dipsticks out, and each class would pull the dipstick, note that it the engine was low on oil, and put a quart in. After a few classes, the crankcase was completely full! That's when it wouldn't start, and Dr. Jolly stepped in.
A brick shy of a full load.
George n L.A.