Hi, I clipped the curb yesterday and obviously did some damage to the hub cap but now if I drive over 45 mph, it judders the steering wheel... probably bent the axle or something? could anyone give me an idea of how much it would cost to repair this?
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Re: how much?? :(
The only way to know how much damage was done would be to bring it to garage equipped w/ a front end alignment machine, or an auto body shop that can give u an estimate of repairs. U probably bent the lower control arm which would throw the alignment out, and is causing the shaking of your steering wheel, the axle is probably ok. Let me know what u find. good luck! countrycurt0
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Obviously you have several things can cause this: 1) Bent Wheel, 2) Loose or Missing Lug Nuts, 3) Lost Balance Weight(s), 4) Wheels Badly Out of Balance, 5) Bad Front Wheel Bearings. 6) CV Joints badly worn. Basically, anything to do with proper balance of the front wheels can cause this. Usually this condition exists somewhere around 45 MPH +/- about 5 MPH. Have a reliable ASE Technician check it out as soon as possible. If a wheel were to come off at any speed it could be instant disaster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Being a front wheel drive car, the CV Joints could be worn out. You don't give the Miles on your vehicle. Typically CV Joints and Hub Kits (Wheel Bearings) do wear out. If you have in excess of 100,000 miles replace what needs it. Get an estimate First and consider if is worth fixing as a 1999 Breeze may not be worth the investment of the required repairs.
almost certainly a wheel bearing that is just about to break up.could also be track rod end if you have any play in steering.you need to jack up the car(wheel off the ground)and with your hands at 9-3 oclock, rock from side to side,any "play"will be OBVIOUS. enlist the "eye" or "hands" of a volunteer to help,makes it easier.
If the rim is bent severely, it could cause wear on your tire. If you are unsure of the severity, you might take the vehicle to a tire shop and have the wheel checked on a rotating balance type machine.
Worse case scenario, replace the rim (I'd get one from a wrecking yard). If the hub cap asthetics bother you, the salvage yard may also have one of those.
Hope this helps... Good luck!
The wheel having been rotated to the rear of the car would eliminate it as the problem. I believe you may have 'tweeked' something when you hit the curb. Have a front end alignment. This would reveal if anything was damaged when the curb was hit, and it might just be in need of an adjustment to solve the problem. If a component was damaged, the tech should know when doing the alignment. Let me know how you make out.
on rear wheel drive the hub and bearing assembly is connected to an axle.the axle will have to be replaced more than likely.in a front wheel drive with independent rear suspension,an upper and or lower control arm and hub.either way is expensive and your insurance deductible will be alot cheaper than the 2500 to 3000 dollars it will take to repair it.