What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

my job is reconditioning textiles and plastics, the majority being pre-owned automotive for dealers. Today I encountered the most disgusting steering wheel in my 20+ years of this. 2014 Silverado with around 45-50k on it. Otherwise a clean truck with exception of the drivers area.

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some areas of filth are thicker than paint, took roughly 20-25 minutes just to get it stripped (normally less than 5 to clean a wheel for prep) I’ve never seen an airbag have that much caked on...most of the grain above the bowtie is thick layer of filth as is the bottom corner. I had to scrape the buttons with a small metal tool as it was too thick to get all of it wet making it take too long to scrub normally.

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underneath some of it was worn leather, when the top coat wears you start to wear the actual leather which starts to go suede.

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A little filler to make it smooth again. The top had some of this too.

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Finished wheel.

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Driver seat was filthy too, this photo doesn’t show how bad it was. My extractor is broken to so I had to manually scrub it for what seemed like 2 days.

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As I said, this may be the grossest thing I can remember seeing in a used car during my career. Every car for dealers I work on has always gone through detail first so I miss the awful stuff and clean what they can’t...seems lately I do more cleaning than I should need too.

I imagine the guy that owned this thing was a professional shit thrower who didn’t wash his hands. The rest of the truck aside from the drivers area was pretty much unused, bed was in good condition so not a work truck. Gross, I’d have been embarrassed for anyone to see I did that. The manager said they wanted him to replace the wheel in the recon dept.

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