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I nailed a curb in the snow!!!

The other day I took a turn in the snow a little too fast and my X hit a curb!!! I was not going over 10mph.....I do not think. What amazed me was that the tire did not blow out. But the rim is pretty grinded up. Now the alignment is foofed (pulls to the left), and I fear either the axle and/or frame might have been compromised also.

Has anyone on this forum had this experience?? I would like to know if it is fixable to the point where I will not notice it. My friend has had this happen to his Prelude where the frame was damaged, and he had to sell it because the car "never drove the same again".

Someone, please console me and tell me that this is no big deal and all I need to do is get my alignment fixed.:32:
 

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Jon, first off, it all depends.....

.......on how severely you hit the curb!.........if it's just some "scratches" on the wheel, I'm pretty sure just an alignment will cure the problem and no big deal (however, it's best to have the dealer look at the "undercarriage")

Secondly, there's no comparison between the MDX and Prelude in this case. Even though the MDX is not a "rubicon machine" it is still designed for some level of off-road travel, which means it's suspension and other underbody components are of the "heavy-duty" type (in the MDX engineers own words) .......so there's less of a likelihood of damage here!
 

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My greatest concern would be to make sure the damaged RIM doesn't cut into the side of your tire and cause a highspeed blowout until you can have it professionally repaired. :eek:
 

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Ha! I laughed greatly at this. Just got back from a 400 mile X-mas road trip in the MDX stuffed with toys and family - through the snow, did great. Get home to some serious white stuff and go out to get a movie in the Grand Cherokee - PURPOSELY drive over 3 curbs and a field (a fun shortcut) at well over 20 mph. I do this on a daily basis in the Jeep! I would not try this in the MDX though. Anyway, I wouldn't worry about any serious damage other than possibly a scratch in the nice wheels as the 235/65 tire does not give you much of an off-road sidewall for this kind of thing, but it should not be an issue at 10 MPH. Did you go OVER the curb or hit and "bounce" off?
 

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Ha! I laughed greatly at this. Just got back from a 400 mile X-mas road trip in the MDX stuffed with toys and family - through the snow, did great. Get home to some serious white stuff and go out to get a movie in the Grand Cherokee - PURPOSELY drive over 3 curbs and a field (a fun shortcut) at well over 20 mph. I do this on a daily basis in the Jeep! I would not try this in the MDX though. Anyway, I wouldn't worry about any serious damage other than possibly a scratch in the nice wheels as the 235/65 tire does not give you much of an off-road sidewall for this kind of thing, but it should not be an issue at 10 MPH. Did you go OVER the curb or hit and "bounce" off?

I was making a right turn and nailed the curb with my left front wheel. If you could imagine that the wheel was fully turned to the right and the car was headed into the curb at about a 45degree angle. The MDX just bounced off of it. I am sooooo pissed that I chewed the funk outta my wheel. I mean it is grinded up really good. I believe the tire/wheel is fine otherwise......

I am going to take it to my local mechanic and let him try to fix the alignment first thing tomorrow morning. I also have an oil change appointment on the 3rd of January with my dealer, at the same time I think I am gonna get them look at the structure (axle/frame) as well.
 

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Most areas have mobile wheel repair specialists. I have used one on a slight blemish on my BMW M3 rim (curb rash as well) and was pleased. I would call a local Mercedes or BMW dealer and ask the service dept who they use. There is apparently a BIG difference in the skill of these guys, and I doubt that the BMW dealers get poor results. Also, BMW rims are notoriously easy to curb (low profile tires, stick out about as far as possible, tight/low suspensions, etc.) Also, these consumers are hard to please (me :)

Good luck - If you have any axle or serious damage to your MDX, I will never take mine off-road again! :eek: I'm kidding, you will be fine here (word of encouragement and pat on the back).,.,:p
 

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Make sure to check your tire for bubbles. I had the same thing on my BMW and there was a buble. The bubble was caused by a rip in the inner tube wall due to the curb. I was tolda that with the bubble the tire walls integreity is compromised and will eventually blow out. About the rash on the wheel, it can probably be fixed by wheel specialist or better yet buy another wheel and just use the curbed wheel as the spare. A wheel specialist will probably charge about $100.00 to fix the rim.
 

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The Curn

"The Curn"
The most spiritual of the tribes, and noted as the spiritual leaders of the woods. This tribe yields the highest number of shamans. The other tribes have drawn their own religions from the Curn."

Is it bad karma to hit a shaman? :2:
 

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Ok guys, sorry for misspelling curb.

This is what I did about my problem. I went to my Acura dealer and bought a brand new wheel($300). Took it to my local auto shop and got the following things done; replacement of the damaged wheel, tire rotation, wheel balancing, full alignment, and of course chassis/axel check. The damaged rim is going to be a full sized spare after I get a wheel specialist to smooth out the "curb rash".

Guy at the auto shop said that the undercarriage should not have been compromised.:2:

I learned my lesson......the MDX is not as invincible as I thought it was. Drive slow in the snow!!!
 

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Jon

I don't know how soon you needed to have that rim replaced, but Tim at Hondacura World could have saved you some money on your rim.
 
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