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I get woke up by the wife this morning, saying she has a flat tire at the end of our road. We live "were the blacktop ends"... or rather a mile from were it ends. She has a bad habit of thinking 35mph is slow on gravel. 45 is what she'd run if I didn't hound her about it, 50 if she was in a hurry. Granted, I've been over 100 on the same roads, but I was younger, dumber, and had more money then. She thinks it's OK to drive that fast, because at her mom and dads, they do and never have any problems, but that is in "the bottoms" were the roads are gravel, and just gravel. In the hills here we have large rocks poking up (you will drag bottom if you straddle them, best to go slow and put a tire on them), and large rocks (softball to basketball size) all along the edges.
Anywho, I throw a bottle jack in the truck (I have the scissor jack in her trunk... but why), jack it up, get the lugs off... and I have to kick the wheel multiple times before it lets loose. Thats odd. Then I pull it off and see the above. Well, so much for "we'll just get the tire patched"
So she hit something, likely a rock, prolly going too fast, dents the rim, the dent comes round and hits the bottom of the strut/top of the knuckle there, pushing the dent back out partly, then locking the wheel up, were upon she drug it 50ft or so, eating the tire down to the wires.
Should I get it aligned? It seems to drive just fine.