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Old 02-06-2007, 07:39 PM   #1
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So we got a decent helping of snow today, biggest of the season so far. Well I decided to go get me some Chipotle and it been snowing maybe 30 min so there was alittle dusting on the road. Still, was a little slippery. Well, when I went to turn into the parking lot and hit a real slippery patch of ice/snow. Was going around 10-15mph and can you say understeer? Slid straight into a curb . A nice thunk thunk and I was over the curb. Pulled into a parking spot and went to overlook the damage. What I found I wasnt to pysched about. A nice hunk of rubber from the tire and some horrid curb rash. Also, the left front wheel is sitting about 1/4inch futher back so I know I bent something but what exactly I'm not totally sure...any suggestions???. I drove it off slowly and cautiously and the car seems to drive ok, the steering wheel is cocked slightly to the left also but no vibration, no warning lights or anything. My front bumper was already cracked from a careless tow truck driver, but going over the curb seems to have cracked it more. Due to my financail situation this year I couldn't afford to get snow tires and had to settle for a set of good all season falkens. Although they seem to better in depper snow than in a light dusting. I know I was taking a risk driving with AS tires so please don't ridicule me for that, I don't want to hear it right now.
Tommorow I'm calling insurance and going to make a claim on it. Pretty f-in bummed though. Always been a very good driven when it comes to snow and slippery roads and never had to make a claim for anything. Also didn't help that Columbus hadn't prepped the roads or anything. Still, 5 hours later they are abosulely trecherous and barely plowed. I just got my car back less than a month ago from having the new trans in and now this....ugh


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Old 02-06-2007, 07:51 PM   #2
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Frankly, from the sounds of it you might have had a melt/freeze situation when the snow started. If it was that slick with that little snow then snow tires may not have helped... (well, maybe if they were studded).
Anyway, good luck with the car!
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Old 02-06-2007, 08:03 PM   #3
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hey SVT, were u going to the chipotle in dublin? I was just up there yesterday for a training class for my job (cingular) at metro place. I spent two weeks up there in august for training. And yea the roads weren't treated at all. I've got about 1/2 an inch of salt caked on my wheel wells from driving from marietta to dublin and back.
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:06 PM   #4
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man i hope your car is alright.
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hey- i undestand- chipotle is soooo good- sucks about your car though- i hope you didnt f-up the axle or tie rod
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from someone who has curbed his car... Hard really hard about 30 anyways it sounds like it may be your axle... Go take it in and get it inspected it would be a shame if you were driving and your axle went. Yeah the focus can be tricky in the snow it has a narrow wheel base so it can slide easily. However snow tires do help.
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:35 PM   #7
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i hear ya, i am in cincinnati ohio, shit load of snow but my foci is a beast, i was passing trucks on the street lol

go to a local shop and tell them to check your caster and toe adjustments ;)
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Wouldnt a bent axle also affect it while driving though? Also, may or may be related but my back is really hurting me now.
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On the plus side. I guess I can probably finally get a new front bumper for my car. And after talking to some people I'm leaning towards a bent strut meaning I could also potentially get new suspension for my car. Although I've been wanting both, this isn't exactly how I had planned to get them but oh well...gotta roll with what life throws at you.
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ask a shop to check ur caster and toe adjustments, they will find the problem
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