What Else did I break?
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Sun Dec 29 19:26:29 EST 2002
10 miles at low speed? Go for it. Screw the tow.
Most likely you've only hosed the races of the bearing
itself. If the "cage" itself were spinning in the
hub, the whole wheel would get so hot you couldn't
touch it. The bearing will come out in about 8
thousand pieces, most of them unrecognizable.
--- "Paul R. Luevano" <paul at clarity.net> wrote:
> So, I'm on my back from the parents place in
> Florida. The trip has been going
> well, car is running well, traffic has been light,
> and I'm on track to make the
> 1300 mile trip in under 18 hours. Averaging 23+mpg,
> 75mph, and only have had to
> make 2 gas stops. On the last leg.
> It's 1:00am, I'm just north of the Cross Brox
> Expressway, buzzing along. All of
> a sudden, the car sort of pulls to the left. I
> correct and note the car is
> pulling, I think "flat". Damn. Pull over to the
> side, get out, and take a
> look. All the tires look good. I get the
> flashlight and start looking for
> something "obviously" wrong. I see nothing. I get
> back in and start off
> again. A nice grinding sound. I limp to the next
> exit and pull over into a
> diner parking lot. Much better than on the side of a
> dark I95! Out comes the
> jack and I check both front wheels. The drivers
> front is really, really
> "notchy", doesn't rotate freely. The passenger side
> rotates nice and freely,
> just like I would expect. I check the brakes,
> nothing hanging. Both CV's
> "look" ok, but what can you see at 1:30am, in the
> cold and dark, in a wet
> parking lot? I did notice that the passenger side
> outside CV boot is torn.
> Annoying, that was replaced less than a year ago.
> But that is not the problem
> Anyway. I conclude that a CV is "letting go". I
> weigh my options. 180 miles
> from home, 1:30am, gotta be at work on Monday.
> Shrug. Get in, and see how far
> I can make it. If I get within 100 miles, I get
> free towing with AAA. I keep
> the speeds down, and plug along. I pull over every
> 10 minutes or so for the
> first half hour to check check. Everything looks
> ok. I wonder if it is the
> wheel bearing, but I have never heard of one letting
> go just like that. I check
> the hub and rotor and they are nice and cool. I
> would expect them to get warm
> if the bearing was letting go.
> Long story short, I made it home. 180 miles. Never
> exceeding 50mpg. This
> morning I look more closely. It is definitely the
> wheel bearing. I can now
> grab the wheel and move it back and forth, lots of
> metal shavings, hub is very
> So, I'll get the car to the shop tomorrow am, and
> see what else I messed up by
> driving on it for so long. Now, the question is, do
> I drive it the 10 miles, or
> ge it towed? I mean, what is another 10 miles,
> right? :)
> Paul Luevano | AMA * MSF |'99 CBR
> 600F4 (Racebike)
> http://teamdaemon.com | USM * CCS #898|'97 CBR
> 1100XX (Streetbike)
> Waltham, MA USA | NMA #116657 |'91
> 200TQ20V (Winter)
> _____"The purpose of man is to live, not to
> exist."-Jack London_____
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