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Whats the best way to ruin an engine

Discussion in 'Engine questions' started by xavier, 6 May 2011.

  1. xavier

    xavier The Torque Meister Staff Member

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    Hopefully I've beaten everyone else with this topic. Thanks for the idea which came from BigFatFatty in the best way to run in an engine thread.

    What is the best way to totally ruin an engine then?
     
  2. turbonutter69

    turbonutter69 TC Pro Founder Moderator

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  3. MickieH

    MickieH Road burner

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    Looks like a fun job :)

    Putting sugar in the petrol tank works too apparantly, but is nowhere near as much fun :D
     
  4. turbonutter69

    turbonutter69 TC Pro Founder Moderator

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    No it doesn't.;)
     
  5. HDi fun

    HDi fun TC Professional

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    My Dad's brother dumped 2Kg of sugar into a 1500kW generator set about 30 years ago and that did the job quite well.

    Fairground in darkness about 10 minutes later.
     
  6. turbonutter69

    turbonutter69 TC Pro Founder Moderator

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    Mythbusters tried it on a car engine and failed.;)
     
  7. Yugguy

    Yugguy Torque Junkie

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    Stick it in 1st gear at 70mph and watch the pistons fly past your nose?

    A less risky idea would simply be to drain all the oil and let it idle itself into seizure.
     
  8. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    Not servicing it. Running it low on oil. Driving in too low a gear. Choosing the wrong grade of oil and running it flat out for 30 minutes. Letting the coolant levels drop.

    Are we talking vandelism here or just everyday neglect?
     
  9. HDi fun

    HDi fun TC Professional

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    Running an engine with the wrong oil and with too little of it is tantamount to vandalism in my opinion.
     
  10. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    Agreed! But so many still do it!
     
  11. MustangMan

    MustangMan Pro tuner

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  12. stamford

    stamford Torque Junkie

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    I guess there's a difference if you do it intentionally and ruining it by accident. I've lost a couple of engines due to old age, broken piston rings but the best one was when a conrod vented the block at speed. That was not planned but during a race it had other ideas! Later found out that even when this particular engine had been run-in it was still too tight on new bearings. That's when we re-built the engines using 100k engines, same shells but new rings, never lost one after that.

    Best way to ruin an engine?................... leave said car parked in a dodgy area with keys in the ignition, it'll soon by all over the lanes and left with a blown engine after the chavs have done their stuff.
     
  13. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    Will adding thermite to my fuel tank help me make more power? :D
     
  14. bigbadjoe

    bigbadjoe Torque Junkie

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    Give it to my Step Brother! There isn't a car out there that he couldn't ruin! :bigsmile:

    Ford Fiesta TD - Drove through a puddle, flooded the airbox, bent the cams and ceased the engine - Dead
    Pug 106 - Drove everywhere at 5000rmp - Dead
    BMW 318 - Rolled it and hit fence pole, engine split in two - Dead
    BMW 320 - Killed the electronics with a bodge job - Dead (fuel into engine problem)
    BMW 525 - Just killed this one this month, oil leak + no top up = Dead
    Kwak Jet Ski - Ran it too rich - Dead
    Suzuki 1200 - Cort fire, melted engine - Dead

    BBJ's Top Tips - Dont buy anything off my step bro!! :lol: :bigsmile:
     
  15. T9 man

    T9 man TC Founder Moderator

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    @ BBJ, your step bro sounds like the Frank Spencer of the car world :bigsmile:
     
  16. stamford

    stamford Torque Junkie

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    A good enough excuse to hide your keys or say no, you are not driving it!
     
  17. bigbadjoe

    bigbadjoe Torque Junkie

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    Bless him, he likes to do all the work himself, because he did 6 months of a 3 year apprenticeship before dropping out and thinks he is better than all mechanics in the world. That plus he never has any money. Its always going to end wrong isn't it! :lol: :)
     
  18. bigbadjoe

    bigbadjoe Torque Junkie

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    He knows he isn't allowed anywhere neer my drivers door!!
     
  19. guru56185

    guru56185 Grease Monkey

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    great post
     
  20. oldelpaseo

    oldelpaseo Grease Monkey

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    my wife ruined hers when her engine was way overheating. thought she would get home and mention it to me, after 30 minutes of heavy traffic !!
    turns out engine fan was not running, cost a whole engine instead.
     
  21. hummer

    hummer Grease Monkey

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    Well guy's if you want to know how to ruin a engin , transmission ,cars,truck ,bus , machines, come West Africa we have all the expert mecanics ,you have a problem with warning light on the dash no problem cut the wires and do a bridge,transmission service well we forgot to full it up with oil!! engin service same thing dont put any oil in it,brake pads dont changed them keep going until the pads weld to the disq or it worn out a little noise but we still stop.A Dr friend had a problem with his Porche Cayenne it was over heatting and was losing water the mecanic told him " that is normal they come out like that keep putting water in it every morning ,that the way in West Africa ( I do my own work on my Hummers Happy Reading
     
  22. SLEEPER

    SLEEPER Torque Junkie

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  23. oldelpaseo

    oldelpaseo Grease Monkey

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    yep... Sleeper wins the contest so far :)

    anybody else have something good ?
     
  24. Redd

    Redd Tuner

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    My brother crashed his car into so many things, including blasting through a hedge at 60mph, onto a field, He actually bent the chassis so much that the car crabbed (drove forward at an angle)
     
  25. gummy

    gummy Torque master

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    yeah saw that one too:bigsmile:
     
  26. jc denton

    jc denton Track Warrior

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    Drop a nut down the dipstick tube
     
  27. davalav

    davalav Moderator

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    I died a little inside. :(

    But yeah, that seems to work!
     
  28. edybear

    edybear Wrench Kid

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    stick a geart turbo on it with no remap or lowerd comprestion the flat out :lol:
     
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  29. hicusdicus

    hicusdicus Wrench Pro

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    The best way to permanently ruin an engine beyond any chance of repair is to mix a big batch of valve grinding compound with a light weight oil and pour it in the crank case. There will be nothing left but extremely polished parts with incredible clearance. I did it to my ex wife's car 50 years ago for for using her attorney brother to confiscate it. If you think the oil filter will protect it, think again.
     
  30. SLEEPER

    SLEEPER Torque Junkie

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    only in america
     
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