What Else did I break?
porter_dog at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 29 14:25:34 EST 2002
Weird, that no warning failure. No heating at all?
You may have killed the hub and/or the upright, and the CV joint as well,
depending on how hot all that stuff got. Your call on driving it the rest
of the way, but...
I one time killed a perfectly good car by electing to drive 8 miles on a bad
bearing to the auto parts place instead of waiting for a ride. The inner
race welded itself to the spindle (paired tapered rollers, on the rear of a
fwd mazda) and not only could I not get it off, I couldn't get the spindle
out of the car. I sold it to the scrapyard and put the badly spalled outer
race on my keychain as a reminder to think before acting...
>From: "Paul R. Luevano" <paul at clarity.net>
>To: 200TQ20V List <200q20v at audifans.com>,Quattro List
><quattro at audifans.com>
>Subject: What Else did I break?
>Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 14:06:46 -0500
>So, I'm on my back from the parents place in Florida. The trip has been
>well, car is running well, traffic has been light, and I'm on track to make
>1300 mile trip in under 18 hours. Averaging 23+mpg, 75mph, and only have
>make 2 gas stops. On the last leg.
>It's 1:00am, I'm just north of the Cross Brox Expressway, buzzing along.
>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
>diner parking lot. Much better than on the side of a dark I95! Out comes
>jack and I check both front wheels. The drivers front is really, really
>"notchy", doesn't rotate freely. The passenger side rotates nice and
>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
>Anyway. I conclude that a CV is "letting go". I weigh my options. 180
>from home, 1:30am, gotta be at work on Monday. Shrug. Get in, and see how
>I can make it. If I get within 100 miles, I get free towing with AAA. I
>the speeds down, and plug along. I pull over every 10 minutes or so for
>first half hour to check check. Everything looks ok. I wonder if it is
>wheel bearing, but I have never heard of one letting go just like that. I
>the hub and rotor and they are nice and cool. I would expect them to get
>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
>grab the wheel and move it back and forth, lots of metal shavings, hub is
>So, I'll get the car to the shop tomorrow am, and see what else I messed up
>driving on it for so long. Now, the question is, do I drive it the 10
>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)
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