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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