Long story... kid walked out in front of me, had to swerve around idiotic "traffic control device between lanes", ended up fishtailing and hitting curb with drivers front wheel at about 10 mph. I am willing to admit that I am not completely free of blame (could have driven over traffic device, accelerated out of fish tailing, etc). No apparent damage to the aluminum wheel, fortunately. I tried to check the alignment while coasting on the highway, doesn't seem terrible, but there is a pull to the left in the left lane with absolutely no pull in the right lane (I assume this means there is a slight pull to the left which is accentuated by the crown in the left lane, but canceled in the right). I don't feel any vibration, although immediately after hitting the curve, I thought it felt like I could have had a flat (lots of crap running around my head though). Now I notice a humming noise which appears intermittently, or more likely under specific conditions, for example: driving at highway speed the sound cycles at about 1 Hz; when coasting to a stop it occurs constantly, but changes pitch with speed like a decelerating engine/transmission. It also seems, although it could be my imagination, that the car decelerates more when coasting. The car is a 93 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme with 3.1 L engine 130,000 miles. Any ideas what the noise is a symptom of? I'm trying to think of what things this incident could cause or a nearly worn part that this could cause to fail. My ideas are a bearing, CV joint, tie rod, half shaft (is this the correct term)?
Side note: I replaced front rotors last week; in the past I had a problem
with not tightening the bracket bolts tight enough, but this time I used a
Thanks for any insight anybody can provide.
- posted 16 years ago