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WTF? Look what I just pulled out of my motor..... :x

Posted by femmeDSM, Feb 23, 2006

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  1. femmeDSM

    femmeDSM Proven Member

    Joined Oct 31, 2004
    D/FW, Texas
    I was changing my valve cover and valve cover gaskets tonight, and found a nice "surprise" left by the previous owner.

    I lifted the valve cover off and saw what looked like a piece of rubber gasket material wedged in one of the exhaust springs....I was like WTF ???

    I got the needle-nose pliers, and pulled it free.....And what was it?


    Yep, that's right --- One of those little plastic ring "seals" from a new bottle of oil.


    Thanks yet again, previous owner! Always keeping me on my toes :rolleyes: :toobad:
  2. RedTurboEclipse

    RedTurboEclipse Proven Member

    Joined Jul 29, 2002
    Bay Area, California
    That is why many DSMs are unreliable. Because of the previous owners.

    2K  0

    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    manual · 2G DSM

    BLUEBLOTCH Proven Member

    Joined Apr 30, 2004
    Amarillo, Texas
    Ouch Be happy it wasnt worse! :)
  4. femmeDSM

    femmeDSM Proven Member

    Joined Oct 31, 2004
    D/FW, Texas
    For real. It's just sad :(
    I felt so sorry for my car....I have no idea how long he had been driving her around like that. *sigh* :toobad:
  5. twack

    twack Proven Member

    Joined Oct 11, 2005
    winona, Minnesota
    dude my previous owner had no clue what they were doinging i pulled out things that wernt even attached, they were just shoved away hidden for me to find. i got a sweet deal on it but i had to put alot of work to reverse what the previous owner did

    791  0

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    · 1G DSM
  6. DSMcamaro

    DSMcamaro Proven Member

    Joined Feb 25, 2005
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    How did you find that wedged in one of the exhaust valves just by taking the valve cover off? Do you mean it was in an exhaust spring?
  7. Old Mitsu Tech

    Old Mitsu Tech DSM Wiseman

    Joined Jan 30, 2005
    Newburg, Missouri
    At least it wasn't from an anti freeze jugROFL
  8. femmeDSM

    femmeDSM Proven Member

    Joined Oct 31, 2004
    D/FW, Texas
    Haha, yes, I meant spring. :thumb: ;)
  9. DSMcamaro

    DSMcamaro Proven Member

    Joined Feb 25, 2005
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    ok. I wasn't trying to be a smart ass or anything, I was j/w / checking. That sucks though.:(
  10. femmeDSM

    femmeDSM Proven Member

    Joined Oct 31, 2004
    D/FW, Texas
    it's cool, I know you're not a smart ass. ;)

    It's been a long day :boring: LOL
  11. femmeDSM

    femmeDSM Proven Member

    Joined Oct 31, 2004
    D/FW, Texas
    Lol....No kidding :rolleyes:
    On that same note, though....There *was* in fact anti freeze in the rear windshield washer fluid reservoir when I bought the car.......... :toobad:
  12. Dream On

    Dream On Proven Member

    Joined Sep 6, 2003
    Athens/Oxford, Ohio
    I'm sure thats good for the paint.
  13. 1gcrazy

    1gcrazy Proven Member

    Joined Apr 6, 2005
    Fountain, Colorado
    And i'm sure they went searching for blinker fluid at autozone the same day.

    429  0

    1991 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4
    manual · Galant VR-4
  14. RipperXX

    RipperXX Proven Member

    Joined Feb 23, 2003
    Royston, Georgia
    Depending on what you paid you still got a much sweeter deal than I.

    Street Build 3K  10  9

    1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    13.476 @ 105.48 · 1G DSM
  15. ArcticTsi

    ArcticTsi Proven Member

    Joined Dec 26, 2002
    Tokyo-Japan, Asia
    being a long time mechanic, I have seen that a few times. It happens when do-it yourselfers dont use a funnel. They just put the opening of the oil quart directly into the valve cover opening. Then when they pull it out the ring catches the edge of the valve cover and gets snagged and pulled off.

    541  0

    1991 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    11.881 @ 112.640 · 1G DSM
  16. xcelr8n

    xcelr8n Awaiting Email Verification

    Joined Jan 31, 2003
    LOL, i changed my VC 2 weeks ago and found that EXACT thing in there... was wedged nicely between 2 and 3... Damn DYIers... although a mechanic could make this honest mistake as well, but usually they dont fill from individual gallon jugs.
  17. xveganxcowboyx

    xveganxcowboyx Proven Member

    Joined May 15, 2005
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    If it makes you feel any better, the last owner of mine was a 16 year old kid who torqued the oil filter on so hard the whole fitting came off and he drilled a hole through the firewall straight through a bundle of wires. Unfortunately, most people are idiots, and we buy cars from them...
  18. paranoidTSi

    paranoidTSi Proven Member

    Joined Dec 27, 2002
    none, Utah
    Heh, I got my Talon...checked the oil..there was barely a quart of oil in it, and come to find out he was using 20W-50 because it said "racing formula" on the vavoline bottle, ha ha what a tard.

    Nevermind the fact I found out he'd roast the tires at every corner he could because he loved the smell of burned rubber. Can we say ###?

    Well 12,000 later....and the car STILL has problems...yeah I really got it from a jackass previous owner.
  19. Thomas91169

    Thomas91169 Proven Member

    Joined Jan 18, 2004
    modesto, California
    youd be suprised how many "current" owners are leading the cars to that very conclusion........

    688  0

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST
    15.300 @ 91.000 · 2G DSM
  20. Synapses

    Synapses Proven Member

    Joined May 9, 2005
    Dawson Creek,
    Makes me feel better That I bought my car from a family man with a wife and kids and has owned the car since 1994 and only has 142k kms. :D

    369  0

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    manual · 1G DSM
  21. Matt300ZXT

    Matt300ZXT Proven Member

    Joined Sep 23, 2004
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Yes you did get off lucky. Over on the Datsun Z forums I frequent, one guy bought a motor for $600, "rebuilt". Well he took the head off and pistons 1 and 4 were on backwards. They were on the rods correctly, just the rods were mounted the wrong way on the crank. Also the piston rings on piston #1 were bad...two rings were stacked on top of one another, and piston #5 was missing a ring LOL So much for a "rebuilt" motor huh?

    Certain people just don't need to be working on cars. I'd like to type up how the p/o of my 280Z took a gorgeous, modified sports car, and "creatively engineered" several ways of killing reliablity, performance, future resell value, etc; but I don't think you guys wanna read a short novel about my car's problems :D
  22. Snobordin8

    Snobordin8 Proven Member

    Joined Feb 12, 2004
    Brownsburg, Indiana
    It isn't that hard to find, I'm pretty sure they keep it right by the boost fluid :D .
  23. GSEclipse06

    GSEclipse06 Proven Member

    Joined Jun 1, 2005
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    right next to muffler the bearings.
  24. JessGST

    JessGST Proven Member

    Joined Mar 18, 2005
    Eastern, Pennsylvania
    I feel your pain. The first week I owned my GSX my brakes fell off. :rolleyes:

    565  0

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    11.229 @ 126.280 · 2G DSM
  25. DSM Loki

    DSM Loki Proven Member

    Joined Jan 21, 2005
    kalamazoo, Michigan
    and across from the cans of compression

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