Q: I have a cracked rim that needs to be replaced. What else might need to be looked at?

asked by on

Hello the other night it's was raining and I'm driving on a winy road. I lost control of the car and hit a curb. I was able to drive home. The next day I noticed the rim is cracked and the alignment is all out of wack. I don't know what I messed up!!
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there:

Anytime the front wheels strike a curb, the tires and wheels absorb most of the impact. However, it’s also possible for tie rods, lower control arms or CV joints to be damaged as well during this type of incident. The best thing you can do is to have a professional mechanic complete a front end inspection; so they can determine what else might be damaged on your Ford Taurus.

Was this answer helpful?

Hello. The extent of the damage is going to be relative to how fast you were going when you hit, and how high of a curb you ran into. Anything over 30MPH can do some damage. When the vehicle is raised off the ground, a visual inspection will go a long way. Any physical damage will be easy for a trained eye to detect. After that, the smaller alignment issues are detected on an alignment rack. This way the computer can take more accurate readings than we can, and in a considerable less amount of time. With the amount of components that are vulnerable, you will want a full inspection. Include the control arms, wheel hubs, shocks and struts, idler arms, and all related linkage. Axle damage can also occur and will be one of the hardest to repair. Have the vehicle’s steering and suspension inspected and then make the appropriate repairs and adjustments.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. I have a cracked rim that needs to be replaced. What else might need to be looked at?

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: My bmw wanders when driving.

The mileage on your vehicle is relatively low. Ordinarily, control arms would not fail so early unless there is a defect, damage, or abuse. Still, this possibility, nor any of the other possibilities can be dismissed and so you should...

Q: Engine stutters under load in high gear.

This may be a sign of a faulty MAP sensor as the vehicle responds adversely to a load put on the motor (i.e. putting it in gear or engaging the brakes). The Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor senses engine load...

Q: Do you have to remove the engine to replace timing chain cover gasket and water pump?

Hi there: In short, no; you don't have to remove the engine to replace a timing cover gasket or water pump on a 2000 Ford Taurus. You should remove ancillary components such as the radiator and some other parts in...

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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.