Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Front end after ditch

asked by on

Hello, My daughter hit black ice and ended up in the ditch at about 40 mph. She was pulled and towed home, although the tow guy and others seemed to believe there appeared to be no issue other than the front bumper and grill guard.

The car started having a shake after a couple days and the wheel lugs busted through the rim or at least 3 out of 4 did.

The rim was replaced with new lugs and bolts. We purchased a new hub and bearing also but did not replace it as they did not appear damaged. The tire was mounted and balance onto the new rim. Tire shows no damage either.

She again drove the car for a couple days and the shake is back at 40 mph.

Any ideas?

Thank you Paula

Hi Paula...what you are describing is not unusual and is readily repaired excepting under one circumstance and that is if the collision caused any damage to the sub-frame and/or the mounting bosses that hold the control arms. All other parts involved are modular, "bolt on" and are readily replaceable in the field. Any rotating element, such as a tire and wheel assembly, is going to have a residual imbalance. Normally, you do not feel the "residual" at all because the tire/wheel assembly is held very rigidly in place by the strut, control arm and tie rod end. With regard to the vibration at 40 MPH, my initial guess is one or more suspension components has been damaged and may be loose. So long as the frame of the car is not damaged, this is totally repairable but of course there are going to be components that probably are going to have to be replaced. An initial possibility, which will at least indicate the extent of the damage, is to see if you can get a free alignment "check" with a read-out of the present settings. Some shops will do that as a courtesy. They are not adjusting anything; the machine is merely used to measure the present status of he alignment. A mechanic could use that data, as a part clue, to determine where and how bad the damage is. If, for example, the wheels read as reasonably aligned right now (i.e., not too far out) that would be indicative of simply loose parts (again, loose parts will allow that residual imbalance to be transmitted and felt by the driver). Another possibility is simply schedule a visual inspection and road test with one of YourMechanic’s certified mechanics. An inspection of the front end would reveal the damage that likely needs to be repaired. At that point the Mechanic could estimate the repair for you. Once new parts are installed, the vehicle must be aligned on appropriate equipment in a professional shop. Please let us know how we can assist you further with this issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Had new Mass airflow sensor put on an now I'm getting a code p0171 what could it be

This relates to a lean fuel condition which can be caused by many different things such as: Intake air leaks Faulty front heated oxygen sensor Ignition misfiring Faulty fuel injectors Exhaust gas leaks Incorrect fuel pressure Lack of fuel...

Q: back windshield broke will leaving it in the rain cause any damage to the car? besides the seats getting wet lol

Hello, thank you for writing in. Typically there are a few things you want to be concerned about. The seat may be in the path to get wet, but the rain can blow in effecting front seats and other components....

Q: Whats the best way to fix a low compression valve?

Hi there. When it comes to having a loss of compression in an engine, there are 4 locations that can contribute to the leak. Locations: Bent or burnt intake valve Bent or burnt exhaust valve Hole in a piston...

Related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.