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Hit a Curb; Wheel wobbling now?!?!

So, it's this simple: I was stupid! Trying to race home (To use the restroom, TMI, right?), I was coasting out of a parking lot (initially) and saw that it was basically clear if I gunned it. Let me just say, I have a 2002 Chevrolet Prism, which is basically a Toyota Carolla mechanically with a Chevrolet interior. I was making a left turn and thanks to balding tires which caused understeer due to excessive speed, I slid while turning and hit the curb with my passenger side, front and rear, but my driver side did not go up onto the curb. So, I was halfway on the road and halfway in the grass, but still moving! Well, I just kept going and popped it back onto the road... I should have initially stated, by alignment was not the best prior to hitting the curb, but as I met someone for dinner that takes the same route home, I called them and asked them to look at my wheels while driving up a 2 lane road! So, while driving now, my steering wheel shakes left to right (or right to left) back and forth excessively bad! After getting home, I asked the person who I told to watch my wheel, what was going on or if they could see anything... They said the front passenger side wheel/tire was wobbling like mad! On the way home, I tryed getting up to freeway speeds (incriminating to state that) and it's just too much wobbling and frankly, seems unsafe! What do you all think happened here? Should I keep driving it until I can afford to have it fixed? I am a college student that barely makes the bills (I just don't answer the phone if I don't! Gotta love the texts, right?), so the longer I can put it off, the better! However, I really don't have another vehicle available (minus a bicycle which I should ride more, anyways) so that could cause a problem! But, just let me know what you all think is going on and whether or not I should be worried about driving this? Otherwise, the car is very mechanically sound and I can not afford to buy another car, no matter what! Let me know and I issue much appreciating to anyone who opines on this issue, in advance! Thanks!
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  • edited April 2008
    You're going to have to get the vehicle inspected to find out what damage was caused when you hit the curb. This could include a bent wheel to bent steering/suspension components. Until that time, park the vehicle. It's not safe to drive.

    Tester
  • edited April 2008
    Very much appreciated and all I can say is: will do! Bicycle: Here I come!
  • edited April 2008

    Tester is 100% correct. This vehicle is not safe to drive in its current state. Until you have the money available for it to be inspected and repaired, park it and do not drive it. As Tester stated, it could be as simple as a bent wheel, or it could involve damaged tie rods or other front-end components.

    No matter what the cause may be, this car is not safe for you, for your potential passengers, or for anyone driving near you when something finally gives and you have no ability to steer the car.
  • edited April 2008
    Well, maybe my brother needs an extra car to drive on a daily basis, for awhile, until something gives... Hmmm... Thanks!
  • edited April 2008
    put the spare tire on the rear. then put the rear tire you took off (the full sized one) on the front.

    see if it still shakes.

    you MAY have (if you are extraordinarily lucky) just bent the rim.

    if the car drives fine with the tires changed, then take the tire which used to be on the front to a tire shop. see if they can balance it. if they cant, then you need another rim.

    if the car still shakes then you have a bigger repair on the front end.

    any other history of repair?
  • edited April 2008
    Update: No, the car has had no history whatsoever. It does, however, have 100K miles on it! But, it has a good history and runs really well (go figure, I mean, it's a Toyota @ heart!). But, I do have it in the shop as we speak and they should have a response to me by the end of the day. Unfortunately, my bicycle that I mentioned before, is at my parents house! Therefore, until I can get over there to get it and the weather is nice enough to ride it home, I'm kinda stranded! Good times, no doubt, but I'll no by the end of today what kind of time I'll be spending without paying bills! Love it, no doubt, but it will be a lesson learned not to take stupid chances when it's wet and you have crappy tires! Thanks for the response and that's a good idea! Unfortunately, I checked out the updates a little late, even though I should have the problem taken care of soon! Thanks!
  • edited April 2008
    Yep swap the spare as suggested and go to the junk yard and get a new rim, then to the tire shop for a used tire or two. If you're lucky, that's all it is.
  • edited April 2008
    Don't be surprised if you're told the damage is more severe than a bent wheel.
    Often the front lower control arm gets bent during a curb strike and possibly the wheel hub. Since you hit the rear also, there is a possibility of a bent rear hub and/or trailing arm.

    Sometimes damage of this nature is not visible with the naked eye but may show up when the car is on the alignment rack.
    Drive the car as little as possible until it's repaired. Other than being unsafe due to the suspension, the near bald tires you have will scrub off what little rubber remains and blow out.
  • edited April 2008
    UPDATE: EARLIER TODAY, I TOOK THE CAR THE A LOCAL FIRESTONE SHOP THAT KNOWS ME PRETTY WELL DUE TO OTHER STUPID MISTAKES I HAVE MADE. ANYWAYS, I LATER WAS TOLD THAT THE WHEEL WAS BENT AND ALTHOUGH THEY WANT TO ALIGN IT (which is definitely needs and did need before hand), THEY COULDN'T DO IT BEFORE I REPLACED THE WHEEL (they do not seel wheels/rims so I have to buy a new 14"x5.5" steel rim, since it has (beautiful, NOT!) hub caps on a steel, tiny, wheel). BECAUSE THEY TOLD ME TO DO SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN NOT PROVIDE (which obviously would be an obvious tactic, but I doubt it with all the free work they've done for me in the past), I FEEL THEY'RE BEING HONEST! SO, SO FAR, BENT RIM/WHEEL. THAT'S IT! HOWEVER, KNOWING THAT I DID NOTHING BUT DRIVE THE CAR THERE, NOT SET ANYTHING UP OR TALK TO THEM HARDLY (because my father beat me there... He lives closer, so...!?!?), HE GAVE THEM HIS CELL PHONE NUMBER AND WHEN THEY CALLED AND GAVE THE INFORMATION, THEY GAVE IT TO HIM! SO, I DIDN'T GET TO ASK THEM WHAT ALL THEY CHECKED AND IF THEY CHECKED THINGS SUCH AS THE BACK WHEELS AND ALL THE THINGS EVERYONE MENTIONED. THEY ARE PRETTY PROFICIENT AND I HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH THEM IN THE PAST, BUT I DON'T PUT ANYTHING PAST ANYBODY BECAUSE, AFTER ALL, WE'RE ALL JUST SINNING PEOPLE/HUMAN BEINGS! SO, I ASK FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS AND FOR YOUR BEST WISHES OF GOOD LUCK! IF YOU BELIEVE IN PRAYER (as I do), LUCK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE GOD HAS CONTROL! OTHERWISE, JUST GIVE ME YOUR BEST WISHES BECAUSE, ALTHOUGH MY FATHER IS FRONTING/LOANING ME THE MONEY, I WILL HAVE TO (somehow) PAY HIM BACK! THANKS AGAIN, FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND GOD BLESS!
  • edited April 2008

    Hopefully, Firestone is correct that the only damage is a bent wheel. If your father is loaning you the money for the wheel, I would suggest that you also ask to borrow the money necessary to replace the bald tires.

    After all, those tires (coupled with the way that you drove the car) were a major cause of the accident and unless you replace those tires, you are courting an even more serious incident in the event of a blow-out at highway speeds. Replace those bald tires now, before you get into even more dire straits.
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