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Old 03-05-2005, 12:47 AM   #1
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Angry Okay, I blew it!

So I was driving to the Westfield Mall to see my brother tonight, because he's a professional dj and was hired by the Puma store to play a 4 hour set there, and I turned into a side street entrance to get into the Mall's parking garage. Well, on the way, I decided to cut across the parking lot and into the actual garage, and about 2 seconds into my cutting action, there is this horrendous - and I mean jarringly so - bump; I'd obviously driven over something. So I immediately stop the car and get out and look. And, whaddya know, I'd driven over one of those weird cement blocks they put to help denote where and when cars should stop parking.

Yes, it was terribly dark and unlit, but I was being a total brainiac - read: tool! - by cutting in the first place, so I understand that I get what I deserve. But, my question is this, and it's open to all y'all: What damage might I have done to the underside of my car?

I got out and looked underneath, checking for leakage, and yes, there is some leakage. I thought I did in my oil pan, but it's not oil I'm leaking, rather, it appears to be water. Still, the 'check my car' light in the bottom left dash is now glaring at me, and I notice that my car drives noticably rougher (to which all of you are now saying, "Duh!").

So, again, what do you think it could be, and how much would you guesstimate the repairs are going to be.

I'm already bummed and doing a well enuff job of kickin' my own @$$ about this, so please be gentle in your responses; I've wanted this car for 3 years now and the last thing I wanted to do was drive like an idiot; consequently, I had a real idiots moment tonight and I'm hating life right, and I'm pretty sure that if my car were a real person, she'd be hating me, too!



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Old 03-05-2005, 12:50 AM   #2
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Oops...I meant to post this thread in the SVT Perf. Chat...I guess I blew it twice tonite gang!
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Old 03-05-2005, 12:57 AM   #3
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you probably knocked your wheels out of alignment and that's why your ride feels rough now. i have done the same thing before so don't feel too bad.
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Old 03-05-2005, 01:03 AM   #4
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I can handle re-aligning the car. It's the leaking that freaks me out a bit more.
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Old 03-05-2005, 01:08 AM   #5
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could it have been condensation that was leaking? i only suggest this because you noted that it appeared to be water.
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Old 03-05-2005, 01:25 AM   #6
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I don't think so, bc it wasn't leaking before...
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Old 03-05-2005, 02:25 AM   #7
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one time leaven a strip club i did that with my SHO and well I checked under and it really did **** all but then a day or so later alot of noise so apparently I broke my exhaust pipe where it clamps together so maybe check out ur exahust at some point
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Old 03-05-2005, 05:30 AM   #8
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I curbed the shit outta my ZX3 last november. I work 3rd shift and at my works parking lot they have little islands of plants surrounded by concrete, and I came in a little too wide and smacked the hell out of it on the left side. Blew a tire, knocked the alignment WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY the **** off, and bent a tie rod. I felt like an ass, and I wound up being out a lot of money right before xmas

Just try not to let it get to ya man, it happens to everyone. If you don't feel like you really know what kinda damage to look for, then take it to be looked at for peace of minds sake. The fact is there's lots of things that could be damaged, not to scare you, but bent struts, alignment, busted/leaking parts etc etc. You'll really feel better after having a mechanic get it on a lift and check everything and fix stuff, even though it isn't cheap
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Old 03-05-2005, 06:18 AM   #9
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I drove my car off a curb...only damage was a little bit of a roughed up pinch weld
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Old 03-05-2005, 06:33 AM   #10
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The streets of NYC and some casual driving did $3500 damage to mine. Struts, control arm, oil pan, condenser, wheels, on and on and on and on.. then a couple months later my passenger side engine mount bolt simply snapped.. let the engine fall on the axle and rip the steering linkage right out of the socket as I tried to pull over. Good times.
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