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    Default Disaster today

    Well the car is not very well today.

    I was on the A38 and the lorry in front of me drove over a kerbstone that passed between it's wheels. Too late for me, I drove over it at 40mph with the front and back near side wheels.

    It was an almightly bang but it then drove pretty much ok, but the steering wheel is turned to the left when your going straight.

    I pulled up to see what damage was done. Niether tyres are flat but the front tyre now has a big egg on the side and the position of the wheel did'nt seem right.

    So I gently drove to Marshalls who checked it out. I don't know how, but niether of the wheels are buckled they are as straight as a die.

    But I have managed to bend either the strut or the knuckle, the steering arm is also has a little bend. So the end result is that the tracking of the wheels is spot on with all four wheels pointing perfectly forward, but the top of the front wheel is in further than it should be (7 degrees to be exact).

    A new knuckle retails at £256, and you will need a new wheel bearing assembly as well at £170ish. I figured this ain't going to be cheap.

    I rang a Vauxhall breakers to see if they had anything, and they have a 58 plate rear ended Vectra 1.9 CDTi Design, £45 + VAT he said for the complete leg, so I bit his arm off! The only problem there is that the ident for the damper is not correct, mine is FF, so another call to Marshalls and a correct FF ident strut and steering arm on order for a total of £75ish inc VAT.

    Also a new pair of Avon ZZ3's for the front should be here in the next couple of days. My current ones have just 3.5mm so it just means they are being replaced a little early.

    So that was my day!

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    Could've been worse mate, could've been worse...

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    Sorry to hear what happend. But as said it could have been worse.

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    That's a gutter mate, it makes it all the worse when there's nothing you could do about it, with that and the keyed bonnet your not having much luck at the moment.

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    look at it this way, the wagon could have easily hit it and thrown it through your windscreen.... whilst the bank balance may not think so you been v v lucky. PS what part of 38 was it (am off down it to office so want to know which stretch to avoid

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    Sorry to hear that Matt,a bit of expensive time recently,but i think this might be the problem with my uneven tyre wear,its has 8 degrees difference from N/S to O/S so it might have had a bump before i got it and not noticed when it was put back together, so i now need to get it up on a ramp and see whats happened.

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    sorry to hear gutting

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    wow Matt, you were lucky - could have easily ended very differently - was the matter reported to the police - if they have found the "owner" of the kerbstone (i.e. fell of the back of a lorry) you could claim off of thir insurance - if its a highways issue - i would be speaking to the local council and putting in a claim

    good luck mate
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    Yike, not a great day but as above, could've been soooo much worse if the lorry had kicked the kerbstone up higher!

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