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Ba-thump! *sparks*

Well that'll teach me to check and re-check the lugnuts on my vehicles any time I've got the tires off.

It's unnerving but cool to see the driver's side wheel go off into the distance while you spark your way to the side of the road.

Let me roll this back a bit... (No pun intended.)

Thanks to some close friends we got the ball joints done on the front of my truck. I rotated the tires front to back because they were extra worn on the inside but would be okay on the back until I could afford new ones.

About a week later I started hearing a vibration from the left front wheel. I figured since we broke the boots on the front CV joints one of them was dying. Not good but able to wait because it's a 4wd truck and I'm driving it in 2wd mode.

So tonight while I'm on my way to a Freecycle pickup I'm doing 55 down the one fairly busy road and the vibration suddenly gets a lot worse and I hear the above "ba-thump!" noise and the tire shoots off to the left in a shower of sparks and I carefully pull the truck off to the right side. (I'm damn glad nobody got hit by the tire.)

The lady behind me is just flabbergasted that I was calm and collected and helpfully pointed out that my tire had rolled into the field across the road. I thanked her and retrieved the wheel sans lugnuts and hubcap. (I borrowed one lugnut from each wheel to do a three-point mount.)

I then started installing the spare tire because the original rim has rounded holes now so I don't trust it and during the process a helpful police officer stopped to make sure I didn't get hit while on the side of the road until I could get it all installed.

After that I went on to make my Freecycle appointment and then back home with nary a bump.

Damn I'm tired.

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Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Yiikes!! I'm glad it wasn't worse!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
Me too. :-)

The big one is that I'm glad the wheel didn't hit anything while outbound from the truck. The incident involved me and only me from a vehicle standpoint. This is a good thing.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
EEEE! *HUGS* I'm glad no one was hurt!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
Same here. Well my pride was a little hurt because I didn't recognize a simple problem before it became a big one but who's counting? ;-)
Nov. 3rd, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
You need to get the axle and everything checked out - I daresay that contacting the road exceeds its design parameters :-(

Glad you're okay, though.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
I checked it a bit last night and all the control arms seem in good condition as well as the axle. All seem straight as well so I think we're good. I'm going to have a mechanic friend check it out though just in case. (Provided he'll speak to me about it after this embarrassing incident that is.)

For all her miles (498927) she's a very sturdy vehicle. I'm quite proud of her because she's the vehicle that's held up the longest for me.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
I'm just wondering about the "hub" portion that dragged along the pavement - that can't have been very good for it :-(
Nov. 3rd, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Actually the hub is just fine. The lower control arm and the bottom of the brake disc hit the ground first and were held straight but the steering and the brake caliper so the worst that could happen there is a bit of grind on the brake disc and lower ball joint.

Thankfully the side of the road was loose asphalt gravel mix which really acted almost like the speed pits they have on mountain roads and slowed me down safely.
Nov. 4th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
There were times, when I was driving west on I-80 over the Wasatch Range into Utah, that I wished there were more of those gravel "runaway lanes"! We were using an old Jeep Wrangler to pull a box trailer... and coming over the mountains, the rear differential began to whine...

(We made it, just, into Salt Lake City, where we stayed for an unplanned three days while the rear diff got replaced.)
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