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Pothole damage

Post by Grumpybearpants » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:07 pm

Hit a pothole this evening and now above 50mph there is a shake. It feels like my seat is massaging and the steering has a subtle vibration as well. Don't know if I need to have tracking checked or put it into the garage to be checked over.

Would appreciate any advice.

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Re: Pothole damage

Post by jallen » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:08 pm

If the car is shaking then what makes you think it might not need checking over?


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Re: Pothole damage

Post by marco_polo » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:16 pm

First job, check the tyres for eggs and alloys for buckles/damage. Make sure to check the inside edges the most carefully, as that's where they tend to go (being unsupported by any spokes).
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Re: Pothole damage

Post by Goon » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:18 pm

Get it checked out but get ready to foot the bill for damage as most councils just laugh when you report these issues, it happened to me on a bike back in the 90s, had to swallow a £50 wheel repair. Good luck.

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Re: Pothole damage

Post by Grumpybearpants » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:33 pm

Nothing obvious showing in the tyres nor the rims.

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Re: Pothole damage

Post by marco_polo » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:39 pm

Time to jack her up and spin each wheel then.
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Re: Pothole damage

Post by Mad_Mac » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:32 pm

If it’s shaking the wheel then front tyre/wheel was damaged if whole car is shaking its rear. If it would only need balancing you wouldn’t feel it before you hit 60mph. If you feel it at 50 something is definitely damaged.
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Re: Pothole damage

Post by Grumpybearpants » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:56 pm

Too dark to check wheel spinning.

I'm guessing 50+mpg. Could be nearer 60mph. I'm also guessing both front and rear near side tyres/wheels are damaged. Will limp it to work tomorrow and find a local tyre place to check tracking and/or tyre/wheel damage.

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Re: Pothole damage

Post by marco_polo » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:05 pm

Tracking won't cause shakes or vibrations. Vibes = buckled/out of balance/tyre damage.
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Re: Pothole damage

Post by mouse140i » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:12 pm

Possibly balancing weights have been jolted off.

Pop down to local decent tyre place for one of their free check ups and play dumb. If they spot something you can take it from there.

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Re: Pothole damage

Post by Grumpybearpants » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:01 am

Brought it into work this morning and vibrations are at 40mph. Pleased you are all suggesting wheels rather than suspension. Will find a local tyre place today to check the balance or damage. The reason I hit the pothole was the oncoming car was over the white line. Both nearside front and rear went into the pothole. Wouldn't normally ask this kind of thing but it was just in case someone goes "ah, yes milites are prone to...... when you hit potholes".

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Re: Pothole damage

Post by GeoffCollins » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:33 am

Grumpybearpants wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:07 pm
Hit a pothole this evening and now above 50mph there is a shake. It feels like my seat is massaging and the steering has a subtle vibration as well. Don't know if I need to have tracking checked or put it into the garage to be checked over.

Would appreciate any advice.

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Might be worth taking a photo of the pothole with a ruler in to show the depth, then claim from the council for damages, but got to get there before they fix it!
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Re: Pothole damage

Post by fufty1 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:35 am

You can get comp from the council provided the pothole has previously been reported and has yet to be fixed.

Not sure on the T+C's though of providing photos etc?
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Re: Pothole damage

Post by Grumpybearpants » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:30 am

I have two buckled alloys :(

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Re: Pothole damage

Post by marco_polo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:36 am

Bad luck, but as expected.

436m's are cheapest, softest cast junk ever fitted to a car, maybe consider upgrading to forged rims to save yourself ongoing grief.
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