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I mentioned in another thread that my wife had flipped her car over . Turns out that where it went into the ditch was the end of a concrete culvert that goes under the highway , and it musta hit pretty hard . We pulled it out and righted it yesterday , I waited until today to start it , just to be sure all the fluids had seeped back where they belong . There is no visible damage to any of the steering parts ... but when the left wheel is straight the right one is pointing off yonder . I drove it home today , with the right front ogff in the gravel . Dug the prettiest furrow you ever saw , and it got *VERY* exciting coming down the still-ice-coated gravel road we live on . Car has probably suffered frame/subframe damage , and with the age and mileage it's pretty likely they'll total it . Bummer , that was a sweet ride . <01 Mazda Tribute LX 4WD with almost everything>
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Lots of it's Ford cousin available at good prices just about anywhere.
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On 01/10/2014 09:18 PM, Snag wrote:

Ok great...and NOW you will call the ambulance for your wife?
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philo wrote:

Well , probably not since she's not seriously hurt . She got more injuries from slipping and falling on the slick road surface than she got in the wreck .
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On 01/11/2014 06:12 AM, Snag wrote: hing>

Glad she came through ok.
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philo wrote:

Hi, Tissue damage can cause long term effect. Better put it on the record with the insurance company. By any chance did her vehicle have winter tires? I found out some winter tires are good on ice, some are good in snow. The Finnish Akkapelka winter tire is pretty good on ice. Pretty expensive tires. We're on Michelin X Ice IIs.
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wrote:

You mean the Nokian Hakkepelitas - or Haks as we used to call them in the rallye fraternity back in the late seventies. The old Blue Metzlers were EXCELLENT on ice too.
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On 1/11/2014 1:04 PM, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote:

Never heard of Nokian until a month ago. Put a set of Nokian WRG3 on my car. So far, they seem to be pretty solid performers in snow but with little ice experience. They are a good year round tire.
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The Hak is DEFINITELY a winter only tire. VERY agressive - they are a bit noisy, but will handle anything finland and russia can throw their way. In the non-studded class ice racing the Haks and Metzler Blue were the only tire that could hack it (no pun intended) back in the '80s - before the Blizzaks and GraspIc and Michelin Ice tires were developed.
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On 1/11/2014 9:58 PM, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote:

AFAIK, the Haks are not sold here. The WRG3 is touted as being a tire specifically designed for North America. They do have a snow rating, but can also cruise at 149 mph.
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Hakks aren't sold here? Where's "here"? I had several sets of Hakks when I lived in Vermont. I bought them at Costco, even.
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On 1/12/2014 12:08 AM, snipped-for-privacy@attt.bizz wrote:

Maybe I got bad information. Here is CT and MA.
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I had them on my '93 Vision TSi, which I junked in '01, so it's been a few years.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Hi, Firestone Blizzak is good winter tire but it wears too fast. Heard they have ground walnut shell in their rubber compound. Also I think Toyo winter tires contain citrus oil.
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I had Hakks a decade back. Nice Winter tires but make sure you don't run them for any distance when it gets warm. They are strictly a Winter tire. ...or at least were. Maybe they've compromised some.
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On 1/11/2014 11:39 PM, snipped-for-privacy@attt.bizz wrote:

I guess that is why these were engineered they way they were. Very good on dry but I've not had summer heat yet. They handle well at higher speeds, but I've not gone over 100 yet and doubt many of us do on a regular basis.
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I'm sure they'll drive very well in the desert, too, for a few miles. The composition isn't meant to withstand summer tire temperatures. Unless something has changed, they'll wear very badly. They're intended to be "sticky" in cold weather.
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Yes, me too.
Was she able to drive when the wheels were up?
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micky wrote:

The car has front suspension damage , probably bent the upper strut mount on the right side . Right wheel is pointed off into the weeds when the left is straight . I drove it about 1.5 miles from the scene to our place , left a definite drag mark - and coming down the still-icy gravel road was interesting , to say the least , as each wheel took turns trying to steer the car .
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I was joshing. I meant when the wheels were up and the car was sitting on its roof.

One of the two times I lent my car, the 18-year old ran a stop sign (in a school zone, though at least it was summer time) and was hit broadside. After the gas station pulled away the fender, I would drive but it steered to one side. No other suspension damage did the gas station or Sears comment on but Sears told me the frame was bent ('65 convertibles probably have weak frames.) and I had heard frames could not really be straightened. I asked him to align the wheels as good as he could and I promised not to complain. He took out all the shims in one place, and maybe added one or two somewhere else. The car drove straight ahead for years, though one tire kept wearing out. I'm cautious on snow and water and I never noticed a problem. I think I was right about the frame, which I did not have straightene, because for a while the top was very hard to latch, then it was easy, then it was very hard again, I think because the frame kpt changing.
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