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Old 04-18-2013, 09:56 AM
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Hit a curb hard on rear wheel. A few questions...

Hello everyone, I am new here, have been lurking for a while, but I figured this would be a great time to sign up and participate.

I was driving home today, in a hurry, and turned a corner on to a street and did something I have never done in this truck and it has me a little spooked out.
It is common for my truck to pull a rear wheel up a curb on some of the narrow streets near where I work, but this time I wasnt paying attention and actually HIT the curb with my WHEEL. There was a super loud BANG and I felt my whole rear end kind of shift from the impact when it happened.

After that, I continued driving and everything seemed fine. There is a very small scratch on my wheel, some yellow paint from the curb on my tire, and hole in the tire about the size of a penny (not penetrating all the way through, it still holds air fine).

I am a very OCD when it comes to my vehicles. For example: My previous vehicle was a 2011 Audi S4. I took it to a shop to have coilovers installed. In order to do this, the shop had to drop the rear subframe. After the installation, I went under and measured everything and found the subframe was 1/16" out of alignment to the right side. This drove me CRAZY.

SO Here is my question: How bad do you have to hit something to screw up rear suspension geometry, rear end alignment, bed alignment, etc... Do any of you think (from my kind of vague description) that I may have done any damage? How hard is it to throw something off? Or are these trucks built tough enough to be able to handle something like this with no issues?

I looked at the bed and it does appear to be more off center to the RIGHT which is not consistent with an impact on the RIGHT side.... I would think if I messed it up it would have shifted to the left. So I think this just may be the way it was from the factory. I know all trucks have a little different geometry and none of them are perfect.

Let me know what you all think. Or what to look at underneath to see if I shifted anything.

Thank you!
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:58 PM
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Get a 4-wheel alignment, and I wouldn't trust a tire with a large chunk of the tire missing--recommend replacing it.
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regarding the tire, if you cannot see cords in the sidewall where the chunk is missing, the tire is fine. if you can see the cords in the sidewall, replace the tire.

if you hit the curb hard enough and at the right angle, the tire would separate resulting in a bubble in the sidewall or tread where the tire was hit.

for peace of mind you could always take it to a tire shop and have them dismount and inspect the tire from the inside as well.
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