14 September 2019


Here was what was causing the buzzing!

 This was sitting on the cowl by the windshield wipers.

I used it to get the spring clip off the clutch master to slave connector and promptly forgot it.

Then I overlooked it policing up the tools.

Find all the tools and put them away needs to be on every punch list.


  1. LOL!
    I can sense the relief from here.
    The first thing that goes through your mind when you hear a strange noise after a huge job like that is What The Fuck Is That?
    Then in nano seconds twenty different horrible scenarios sprint through your mind. It's like a little Mini Death when your life flashes before your eyes.
    Glad it was something easy.

    1. It's especially acute when you have to take so much apart to gain access to what you were working on.

      Too many places where a mistake could have been made.

  2. My late father-in-law used to drive me CRAZY with his mania about putting away tool A before fetching tool B.

    The walk from his work bay to his tool store was 20 metres or so (65 feet), and it ate up a LOT of time that he could have spent working,

    Upside, if any, was that he never lost a tool, or left one where it shouldn't be - oh, and he was pretty fit, for an old guy, what with all that walking. :)

    1. I retraced how this happened.

      I have a preferred tiny screwdriver that I used to unclip the trans cooler lines. It got misplaced under the service manuals on my bench when I looked something up. So I got the wooden handled one out to disconnect the clutch line.

      Later, when I'd located the preferred tiny screwdriver when I was putting things away, my mind checked the "tiny screwdriver" box in the inventory and I thought I was good to go. That led to this...

      Because GM has settled on like three sizes for almost everything, there's little point in putting most of the sockets away because you're going to be using them in a minute.

      7mm, 10mm, 13mm and 15mm abound and never go unused long enough to justify putting them back.

  3. I must confess to being a little surprised by that: 7mm, 10mm, 13mm and 15mm abound

    I thought yours was an American car. /jk

    1. Canadian engine, Mexican transmission, Australian brakes...

      She's a car of the world!

      Plus, in some cases, GM is still using inch threads with metric heads.

  4. That's why aircraft mechanics are required to shadow their tool boxes.


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