My son hit a set of railroad tracks with his truck and cracked up both rims in front. When replacing the drivers tire and rim I noticed something disconnected (broken) from the middle of truck to the tire. Could you send me or display a diagram of that part of the truck so I can see what it is called?
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Re: Front end damage
Does your truck have 4x4? also do you know if your truck has the a-frame front end? the a frame will look like an V. you will have the tire connected where the 2 end meet and the 2 end should be in the middle of the truck connected to the frame.? can you please spcify?
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Too much toe in adjustment. The tires are pointed toward the center, I use an expandable retractable tent pole, with normal weight on the tires I check as high as possible without obstruction against the rim evenly front and back same distance from the ground and try to get as close to zero as possible. When there is the same amount of resistance without the length of the pole being changed when held against the rim on one side and brushed across the rim on the other end of the pole first checking the front of the front rim from side to side then the back of the front rim side to side you should see a great improvement in tire life if you have to lean one way or the other slight toe in is better than toe out. I try for zero running radial tires. Keep the pole level and straight as possible.
This should be done with the tires pointed as close to straight line forward as possible while the entire weight of the vehicle rests on the tires. I like to sight down the sidewall of the tire from the front of the vehicle looking toward the rear axle to determine if the tires are pointing straight. I measure adjustment against the rim to avoid differences in tire lettering. There are more ways to do this measuring but this is the only way to do it one manned that I know of without an alignment rack. The rim should be very true running when spinning on the spindle but even a bent rim can cause this method to be inaccurate. If a bent rim is all you have then you must just pick one spot on the rims and then rotate it to the front measure then to the rear then measure.
Check the wheel rim for distortion. Check the tyre for distortion. Check the wheel bearing for wear. Check the steering track rod end and ball joint for wear. Check the brake disk for distortion. If you have done all that, then you will have likely already found the cause of the problem.
This could be a few things, first try switching a rear tire to the front and see if that helps, you may have bent the rim but you would need to look at it and see is the rim is bent then look at the tie rod end to see if its bent, you could have bent the strut or lower control arm too. i would take a look at the tie rod end and see if its bent, here the thing, you say it wobbles and pulls, a tie rod end or strut or control arm will make the car pull but not wobble, a wobble would be caused by a bent rim or tire witth a bubble and this can make the car pull, tire putting the spare tire on and see if it still pulls and wobbles, if it doesnt then you know its the rim or tire, hope this helps.
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!
Your cobalt should still be under warranty, so you should bring it back to the dealer. If you have done massive driving and your out of warranty, then il'd have to say that you may have a wheel bearing hub gone bad and needs to be replaced. Check the tire pressure first, tire condition and look for any signs if tire damage like tire belt separation. Tire belt separation is when the steel belt in the tires that keep the tire it's shape has broke and there is a flat spot causing the wheel shimmy. If your not sure,rotate the wheel by placing the front wheels to the rear and the rear to the front, making sure the tires are properly inflated to the recommended PSI. Good luck and start with checking the tire first.