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Re: HELP: Wheel/tire damage?

Being the tire engineer that I am, I suggest that you replace the 
tire.  It sounds like it got pinched between the curb and the wheel. 
And if you took a big chunk of sidewall rubber off (that you glued 
back on), chances are that the body plies are damaged also. The least 
you should do is have the tire dismounted and inspected from the 
inside. Inspect the wheel for runout.  Have the car aligned also.

Never let an amateur drive your cars. 

Rudy C.
87 5ktq
97 a42.8q

> My "good friend" wanted to drive my A4 wagon so I let
> him. Well, he took this turn way to sharp at about 25
> mph and tagged the curb. We pulled over and my rear
> wheel got scraped up pretty bad-about 2" of sheared
> lip. The tire also got gouged out-lower sidewall near
> the rim. 
> I crazy-glued the tire piece back to protect the thin
> sidewall. The tire is still holding pressure (no air
> was lost) but there is a slight pull to the right at
> freeway speeds. Also, on high speed/g turns, the
> right rear seems to be a little unsettled (but it
> could just be wet roads and my paranoia). 
> What do y'all recommend? Get the wheel balanced?
> Should I have the suspension looked at?
> What's scary is my friend is a CARDIOLOGIST. Man,
> can't even drive right--wonder how well he does
> putting in pacemakers! What pisses me off is my
> *brand new* car is now significantly blemished.
> Thanks,
> Twain
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