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Assessing likelihood of tire going 'splode

Aoi TsukiAoi Tsuki Registered User regular
edited October 2012 in Help / Advice Forum
As of last Tuesday, my husband's shitty old Crown Vic's front left suspension is gone--it went crunch when he tried to turn left, and he says it's officially kaput. It'd cost more than the car is worth to get it fixed, so we went ahead and got him a decent used car and all is well now as far as his transportationing goes.

Here's the thing: his dad, Jake, owns the title on the shitty old car, and he's insisting that we get the Crown Vic over to my husband's parents' house before Jake calls the veteran's group to which he wants to donate the car. We've told him it would be easier and safer to just have them pick it up from here, but Jake is digging his heels in and now my husband figures it'll be easier just to drive the damn thing over there. It's not far, but even if he avoids the interstate, the routes there tend to be over rough, hilly, pot-holey roads, and I don't know enough about cars to argue convincingly that his tire's going to explode or something if he tries it. Am I being paranoid, or do we need to put our feet down?

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    Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    that depends on how it went 'kaput'

    if it effects the steering then no.

    if the spring broke, probably. the suspension generally isn't the only think keeping the tire from scraping against the wheel well or you'd be guaranteed to have an accident every time a suspension broke at high speeds. still, if its a long way with alot of hills or full of places that he could bottom out, I'd avoid doing it. its not worth it just to make his parentss happy. also, if the tire is for some reason scraping against the wheel well, don't drive it.

    IMO, if your husband's dad wants to drive it over there first, tell him to come and pick it up any time.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Dunadan019 wrote: »
    IMO, if your husband's dad wants to drive it over there first, tell him to come and pick it up any time.

    This seems most reasonable to me. It's not like you guys want to keep it, so there's nothing stopping him from coming to take it if he wants it that badly, or possibly he could pay to have it towed to him. But even if the car doesn't bottom out in some dangerous way, the time and expense involved with being stuck on the side of the road just doesn't seem worth it to me. I wouldn't drive a car anywhere I wasn't pretty sure would make it though, and I wouldn't want my husband doing it either.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
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    JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    I'd offer to split the cost of the tow with him. If the suspension went, who knows what else is about to go wrong with it?

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    If the tire goes out and he's not on the freeway, there's not much risk of anything crazy happening. It would mainly be a question of whether you have another vehicle to go pick him up in if that does happen so he's not stranded.

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    Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    See, there'd probably be no huge danger just cruising on over to where his Dad wants the car. Except that if the suspension on the wheel has collapsed, if there is any kind of incident in which the driver needs to take evasive measures, they will not be able to.

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    The EnderThe Ender Registered User regular
    See, there'd probably be no huge danger just cruising on over to where his Dad wants the car. Except that if the suspension on the wheel has collapsed, if there is any kind of incident in which the driver needs to take evasive measures, they will not be able to.

    ^ This ^

    Don't do it, and if his dad tries to come over and take it, don't let him. Get the damn thing towed. It's not safe to drive, and there's absolutely no justification for endangering yourselves & other people on the road over a fucking towing bill.

    With Love and Courage
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    zepherinzepherin Russian warship, go fuck yourself Registered User regular
    It's not even a towing bill, the car is going to be donated, those groups come and pick the car up.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Right, the issue is that the dad is insisting it go to his house first.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
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