April 14, 2004

Grrr... gahdam wedder

Well ... it's heavy snowfall warning day today in Edmonton...

This morning I left at 8... it took me 30 minutes to get 40 blocks. 66 street was a parking lot.. people driving at 15 kph, for good reason, because it was a skating rink.

Anyways, I made it almost all the way to work, but then about 2 blocks away I tried to turn a corner, failed, and slid into a big fucking curb. Got to work, looked at the wheel and the tire was almost completely flat, and the rim is bent pretty bad.

Hopefully the tire isn't shot, it looks like the seal has been broken, but I'll most likely need a new wheel. While they're at it I'm going to get them to rotate the tires (something I should have done 6 months ago). The worst thing is, I'm going to have to go out in the snow at lunch, with a shitty-assed jack and change my tire, put on a donut, and lug the flat tire over to a shop.

Well I took the car to Tire Warehouse, didn't have to change the tire after all, it didn't deflate. I would say the rim is bent about 1/2 - 2/3" at the point of impact, so it made for an interesting drive.

The very polite man at TW said that it is a good thing the rim is so bent, that means it most likely took the brunt of the impact. That's good, I don't need any bills for front-end work ... I can't afford that. Also a good thing is the fact the tire should be fine.

All in all it looks like it's going to cost me about $110 after tax. I guess that's not bad, since I believe that rim was the cause of another vibration ( I hit a curb to avoid an accident earlier in the winter).

Posted by Oorgo at April 14, 2004 10:47 AM


I was wearing shorts over the weekend and complaining about how hot it was! :)

Posted by: Arcterex at April 14, 2004 03:20 PM

oh get this.... I get a call from a guy there at Tire Warehouse... "oh , there's some damage to your car, it needs a new Lower control arm, new hub bearing, and we need to shift the cross member... all in all it'll be $1130"

I'm like "No, I don't think so, I don't have that kind of money" I didn't voice my opinion that that was a ripoff. Plus I have a brother-in-law that is a mechanic, if I ask him nice maybe he'll give me a second opinion / fix it.

SO I'm getting a new rim, and the tires rotated. When I can I'll head out to St. Paul and see if he'll look at it. What a shitty-assed day.

Posted by: Oorgo at April 14, 2004 03:58 PM
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