I have a 2006 Ford Focus and I managed to slide into a curb on my way
to work after our snowstrom here in Minnesota. I didn't think I hit
that hard but I noticed a vibration on my way home. I figured it was
ice and snow built up in the wheels, so I pulled them all off an
knocked it out. It was then when I noticed my left front rim was bent
in slightly. I moved that wheel to the back and put all the wheels
back on. I know i will have to get the wheel replaced eventually, but
I am a bit strapped for cash at the moment. The vibration has not
changed at all and I am worried I may have bent a tie rod or worse.
The car is not safe to drive as is. Take it to your mechanic and find
out what the problems are. This might be covered by insurance because it
was a crash. Until you know what is really wrong, you can't make an
intelligent decision on what to do.
Even with the wheel on the back you will feel the bent rim walking around.
I have sent rims to http://www.rimandwheelworks.com/ for straightening but I
admit it's a little beyond a local stop for you. New expect to pay $250
used $150 to $190 and a straighen/repair $60 to $90 if there isn't a lot of
welding. Even with huge welds on the inside, tire shops have been amazed
the wheels ran true on the machine and didn't need any extra weights.
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