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
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>
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.
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
On 1/11/2014 11:39 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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 .
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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