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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-03-2005, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Girlfriend's dad's wheel fell off today!

Well, since this is car related I thought I mention it... Got a call today and my girlfriend's dad's wheel fell of. So I went out to see what happened and either fix it or call up a tow for him.

Lower ball joint seperated on the left side. Wasn't pretty. Wheel turn about 90* and smashed up into the fender. Yanked the axle out of the transmission, bent the sway bar and mounting pad, and mangled the fender a bit. This all happened at low speeds while turning right. Thankfully it didn't seperate on the highway, as that coulda been pretty nasty.

The car is a '93 Buick Skylark. It ran like crap and was not very safe. I told my girlfriend not to drive it unless/until her parents fixed it, and it's a good thing she got her own car. The thing was vibrating and making some noises when braking last time I was in it (2-3 months ago at least), not to mention the competely worn out suspension and bad alignment. I told them about that stuff and mentioned what parts it may need and a ballpark cost, but her dad wasn't in any hurry to make the car safe.

A few weeks ago he took it to a Buick dealer to ahve the problems looekd at and the dealer's mechanic said everyhting was fine and the car was safe.

Funny side note... While I was helping him out on the side of the road a friend of mine drove by and stopped, thinking we had gotten into an accident. He had his brothers friend with him who is a Chevy guy. Somehow we got on the Ford vs Chevy topic. So I asked, "What do you think is better? Ford *gesturing towards the Galaxie* or Chevy *gesturing towards the Buick*" That ended that argument real fast.

Anyhow, that was my excitement for the day. Let that be a warning to everyone though. You gotta check these things periodically. Don't let bad noises/sounds/feels go too long before checking them out. It's tempting to not care when it's your $300 daily driver/beater, but don't get yourself hurt over something stupid.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-04-2005, 03:23 PM
 
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Girlfriend's dad's wheel fell off today!

Good advice.
Did'nt you break up with your girlfriend??
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-04-2005, 03:27 PM
 
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Girlfriend's dad's wheel fell off today!

did, past tence verb.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-04-2005, 03:32 PM
 
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Girlfriend's dad's wheel fell off today!

I have watched you and a few others get into heated exchanges before when discussing your run-ins with the friendly local neighborhood gestapo. I went through some of the same, and I know how you feel. Like you, I made myself an easy target. Like You, I felt picked on in the matter. After reading this post, I see that you are getting wiser. I just hope you did not get too pressing with you girlfriend's father either before when you warned him, or after. Hopefully he has learned his lesson, and will get a Ford and maintain it.

I like your Galaxie by the way. My '67 doesn't look nearly so nice.


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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-04-2005, 03:40 PM
 
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Girlfriend's dad's wheel fell off today!

doesent realy mater what it is so long as you take care of it.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-04-2005, 03:47 PM
 
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Girlfriend's dad's wheel fell off today!

Oh Come on!! You own a Galaxie - your suppossed to say 'Buy Ford' Nudge Nudge Wink Wink Know what I mean!!!
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