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Unread 12-03-2012, 10:27 AM   #1
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Default Drifted and crashed my tire, is it safe to drive ?

Hey. Had some fun with my car in the snow, and ofcourse i didn't see a bump, so both left wheels got a really hard crash in around 40kmh.
I'm not so afraid of the back wheel, but the front wheel scares me as you see in the photo:

The car doesn't turn left or right before i increase the speed to 110-120kmh, when i'm in that speed. The steering wheel vibrates alot back and forth, and the car turns very very little to the left (i can drive without my hands on the wheel, so it doesnt turn that much). But it feels like the wheel is going to jump off at every moment in that speed. I've heard from people that the wheel can explode unexpected when the tire is cracked. I've drove 150kilometers, but i doesnt notice anything special when im under 100kmh.

I went to a wheel shop today, but they doesn't have time to fix the wheels before next week.
Is it dangerous to drive like that as long as the wheel doesnt turn when i'm not driving fast?

I'm waiting for an explosion :S is it really that bad?

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Unread 12-03-2012, 11:46 AM   #2
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your wheel is probably off balance, I'd just drive slow on it incase the bead is bad.
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The rim in the pic isn't damaged to the point of not being safe, it may just be out of balance now, but the rim won't explode or split.

Sounds like you have bent some front suspension. Lower control arm, strut, steering knuckle and steering rack are the most common parts damaged.
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The wheel may not be that bad. All we can see is a dent. But it may be warped and thats what is causing the vibration you feel, which IS very unsafe. Also, the vibration could be caused from the vehicle now being out of alignment from when you hit whatever you did. You likely bent some suspension/steering components, tie rods, end links, sway bar/links, control arms... etc. There is no telling. I would get the car into the shop asap to have it looked over, and have them inspect the front wheel too.

If major damage has been done, expect quite a bill unless you are capable of repairing it all your self.
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The wheel may not be that bad. All we can see is a dent. But it may be warped and thats what is causing the vibration you feel, which IS very unsafe. Also, the vibration could be caused from the vehicle now being out of alignment from when you hit whatever you did. You likely bent some suspension/steering components, tie rods, end links, sway bar/links, control arms... etc. There is no telling. I would get the car into the shop asap to have it looked over, and have them inspect the front wheel too.

If major damage has been done, expect quite a bill unless you are capable of repairing it all your self.
Even then it cost me $1200 to fix my Thunderbird when I did that, doing it myself. That doesn't include the body work either...
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