Hello all -
I reguarly pass by the Good News Garage with the vehicle in question, so thought this would be a great place to post. We have a Chrysler Town and Country that is used as a company car. I’m the only person who uses the vehicle regularly, and I’ve not been in any accidents / collisions / metal crunching indicents. We brought it to the dealer because there was increased road noise coming out of the driver’s side rear door.
The shop indicates that the frame is significantly bent, to the point where it’s causing the door to be out of alignment (thus not forming a complete seal + letting road noise in). The shop said it was perfectly drivable. Over the past two months, presumably the issue has gotten worse as the same door now gets slightly “jammed” into position.
There are three running theories at the office:
1. In one of the very rare circumstances someone else has used the car, they banged it up and didn’t tell anyone. We’ve interrogated the computer, no accident codes, etc. This is also likely to not be the case as the problem has gotten worse when ONLY I have driven the vehicle (and unless I got hit on the head, can verify that there have been no accidents).
2. The vehicle is parked in a rear alley parking spot, which requires traversing a very small curb (1/2 inch above regular pavement). Imagine driving down a very narrow alley (1 inch of clearance on either side) and having to turn left into a parking spot (I’ll try to upload an image). Done perfectly, the wheels hit at a 45 degree angle. Done imperfectly, the sidewall rubs a bit. The sidewall rubbing doesn’t occur nearly enough to produce any sidewall ware, thus safe to assume that the tires hit at 45 degrees most times. Speed of entrance is usually sub 15 MPH.
Ok guys, what are we thinking here? Sneaky accident, weird driveway, or aliens? Image of the driveway below (from direction of travel, would make a left hand turn to get in).