What brings me here is I hit the curb of a median with my driver’s side front tire. The road was turning slightly right and due to my inattention and looking right, I got too close to the left and well, bam. So the hit was on the side almost parallel with the wheel.
Here are some details:
Car still drives perfectly straight as before, does not tend to pull to one side.
The hit was to the side of the tire, not perpendicular. It looks like the tire took the hit as the rim is not scraped as it would have been at that angle.
The car did go up part of the curb for a split second, but no more than a couple inches, not completely over and off.
The tire still holds air, I have not noticed any bulging, although after looking more closely there are some cuts to the sidewall that might mean I need to replace the tire.
FYI, Nissan Sentra, so FWD sedan.
Later, after everything looked okay I was on the freeway and the steering wheel started vibrating at speed. I’ve looked at many posts about this issue, however what is different is that absolutely nothing happens until 65mph. At 55, the steering wheel is perfectly still. I noticed it is really only significant when going downhill (front wheel damaged so this is when more weight is on it). At 65 when the problem starts, the steering wheel wheel rotates/vibrates so that the edge moves less than 1/4 inch at the edge, back and forth.
No need to point out the obvious to me, I know something is wrong, but I want to know what might be an order of the most likely issues and what i can look at myself. I don’t want so spend 100 on alignment, 100 on rebalance, 100 on a rim, and 100/200 on tire/tires and have it still not be fixed with one or more of those. What is there that I can do to inspect it? I have the tools to lift the car, remove/replace wheels, etc. I’m looking for insight beyond “take it to the shop.”
Also, if I am replacing the tire, what is the most tread difference that is acceptable. The other 3 would still have fairly new tread but a bit of wear compared to new.
Sorry for the lengthy post, but I hope there is enough information for some suggestions. Thank you for your help and time.