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I Lost Control Of My Car In The Rain And Hit A Curb

Lost control of car while turning...?

No much information about your car. IS it front wheel drive or all wheel drive, perhaps? The front wheels pulling, would pull the car in the direction that the wheels are turned, and if full time, as in a four wheel drive vehicle. the front wheels could be grabbing.

IN four wheel drive ( part time, not full time), front and rear wheels cannot turn at the same speed, while turning, and therefore, they will slip and jerk, IF the vehicle is on dry pavement. In other words, all four wheels will try to rotate at the same speed, but the inside wheels, especially the front ones, have to rotate at a slower speed then the back ones, because they are turning in a smaller circle then the outside ones are turning. ( IF you take your thumb and right index finger, and put them on the table, and then, turn your hand around a little bit, your thumb will stay in a small circle hardly moving but your finger will travel a longer way)

With part time four wheel drive, the front and rear wheels are locked to rotate at the same speed, and this is okay on snow or mud, the wheels can slip. But on pavement, the tires try to slip, and instead grab and cause shuddering.

As for full time four wheel drive ( not part time), this should NOT happen, the transfer case allows for the wheels to rotate at different speeds, but if the transfer case is low on fluid, it might allow it to happen.

I am just tossing ideas out, I don't know what is causing your problem, but I WOULD suggest you have it checked out by some professional mechanics, it could cause an accident.

Loss of power steering my also cause some jerking as the belt slips and the engine shudders. If your power steering belts or belt is loose, it could slip, causing the steering to act up. Also, low power steering fluid in the power steering canister, could cause problems. You steering could suddenly become VERY hard making it difficult to turn the wheels.

I suggest you get it looked at immediately.

Lost control in the snow, and hit a curb, now wheel is off alignment! how do I fix this?

Hi, I lost control driving in the snow and slid straight into a curb around 20 MPH, i had the wheel full lock so the wheel got hit flat against the side. when i drove home the car was slidding and allignment was completely off, when i got home i took off the wheel and saw that i can move the entire brake assembly, suspension, everything forwards towards the bumper and backwards. i then took the other side off and put the car in first gear, the side that hit the curb was turning and the oppisite side wasnt (by the way I drive a 2000 renault clio FWD) however when i revved the engine, the wheel turned but not as fast as the side that hit the curb. Can anyone give me an idea what could be wrong?


Jeez. Everyone here is answering as though your car is already in a deathspin and nothing you do will matter.First…if you do get in an all-out spin, it doesn't really matter what we tell you. When your car starts to spin out, instinct will take over, and it will all be over by the time your rational brain kicks in. Fortunately, instinct usually tells you to slam on your brakes, and if you have anti-lock brakes that's fine. (If you don't, you should go to an empty parking lot and practice pumping the brakes until it becomes second nature.)That said, when you feel yourself START to lose control, steer against the spin. That is, if your car starts spinning to the left, steer right. Don't panic and turn the wheel as far as you can; just try to steer back to the center. Because… You will immediately start sliding in the other direction and will have to steer back again. Be ready for it! You may even sway back and forth a few times, usually a little less each time. If you didn't oversteer, you may be able to recover.If you go into an all-out spin there is not much you can do to stop it, but if you did the above you might have at least slowed your momentum a bit.

I lose control of my car in the rain.?

First off, I live in Oregon and rain is not a problem. Lived here my whole life. My car has a few problems that I have had to get fixed on other cars before. What I cannot figure out though is why when it rains does my car act like its a champion ice skater? I look like a drunk person going 30 miles down the street I live on. When it is not raining my car still wont drive straight but I have gotten really good at it. In the rain though my car keeps swerving back and forth. I have driven in the rain my whole life and have never experienced this before. I am thinking it is my alignment or maybe my tires are not balanced. I could use some opinions. 99 Ford contour back right tire is bald thanks to the company who sold it to me...or my alignment. Maybe its just because its a ford? I normally drive a chevy and this is my first and hopefully last ford.

My Car hit the curb hard, what could be wrong with it?

It was icy/snowy and i was making a left turn. Halfway through i lost control and my car skidded and my front passenger wheel hit the curb. I was travelling at about 15 km/hr. There's no visible damage except for a dent in my hubcap and a scratch on the lip of the rim. I was driving and a lady stopped to tell me that my tire was wobbling. I tightened the tire and that problem was solved. Can something else be wrong?

Parallel parking can you hit curb?

You were VERY, VERY poorly taught how to park. You are going to damage teh tires and could help push off the alignment with this. When I took the road test I was told that you are allowed to bump in to the curb, but not HIT it and not like try to drive over it or anything. They understand new drivers are sometimes going to bump the curb, but you SHOULDN'T. Reality is that you need to be taught to parallel park PROPERLY if you are living in an area where you have to do it. You will likely lose points, but not auto-fail for bumping the curb. I'd suggest getting REAL driving lessons or trying to learn how to parallel park properly though.

It is not an easy maneuver and is one you would rather not do.One loses control of a car if his applications on power and steering are not responding.There are many cases of losing control of a vehicle, like skidding, losing your brakes, or worse, losing your steering.If you lose your brakes on a manual, engine brake by shifting down gears and let the engine stall on first. It doesn't matter if you destroy the transmission. What's a gearbox worth compared to your life?If you lose your brakes on an automatic, shift to park. Same results. (Apparently you don't just stop and be thrown off the windshield. There's an excruciating sound of gears grinding when you suddenly shift to park while slowing down.)The one thing I was taught never to do if I encounter myself skidding was to brake. That's what most people do. It locks the wheels (lucky you if you have ABS, but it's still not what I'd recommend) and your skid will actually become more dangerous. The proper strategy is to step on the throttle to make your wheels spin as much as possible to regain lost traction. Work your way with the steering from there.And think about it, drifters aren't brake artists, they're more about controlling the throttle than anything.If you lose steering, just brake.If you lost everything, brace yourself. Let go of the steering wheel and pedals and protect your head and organs. Let your arms and legs shield you from shrapnel.Always remember that the safest situation that you are in while inside a vehicle is during a full stop, when you are not moving at all.

My vehicle is currently in the shop right now because I rear ended someone who slammed on their breaks.  There is a twist at the end in my favor so please read on.This was on a road with 3 driving lanes and occurred not long after traveling through an intersection and a good distance away from the next intersection.  I was in the center lane. What happened was I was maintaining my speed and a safe distance with the other traffic when another driver came from the far right merge lane, across the right lane, into my center lane and left me with about half a car length of room between us.  Then 3 seconds later she slams on their breaks- not slows down, slams on their breaks.  All other traffic was accelerating.  Obviously at half a car length, me slamming on my breaks still didn't keep me from running into the back of them.  I have just enough time before all the fluids leak out of my truck to pull over to the side of the road.Fast forward to the police officer arriving.  I give the above story.  The other driver says that they changed lanes from just the right lane (lie), I was behind them for a minute (lie- it was literally less than 3 seconds.  A minute was impossible because the driver was on a different road previously, hence her coming from the merge lane), and they slowed because the traffic in front of them did (actually 2 lies- they stopped, not slowed and all other traffic was actually accelerating).  Since it was a he said she said, the cop said the insurance companies would have to figure it out.  BUT WAIT!  I have a dash cam.  Which then brings the blank stare to the other driver.I got the footage off the dash cam and gave it to the officer later that night.  He then proceeded to charge the other driver with reckless driving.  My insurance company literally said, "no way in hell we'll be at fault for this one with this video."  The other driver's insurance admitted fault and is covering it.I would have almost definitely been found at fault if it was not for the dash cam footage.  The other driver went from thinking I would be at fault, to them getting a reckless driving.So unless you have video proof of what the other person did, you are out of luck...

Car did a 180 the on ice , hit the curb with side of rear tire?

Well you aren't going on the freeway thats for sure... the stress will likely break the wheel and then you become a danger not only to yourself but to others too,

More important is the cost trade off...

If you keep driving it, you may make the problem worse,... and more expensive.

Right now you may have a bent axle.. your diriving may stress the center section (3d member) and those are not cheap to replace.

My vote... get it fixed or sideline it till you can aford to get it fixed.
its not worth the risk especially when you can rent a car for a week or so for under $200 if you shop.

good luck


I'm assuming you drove to the mechanic after this happened in which case, they are lying to you.  If you did bend your control arm, that tire would feel like a flopping fish if you tried to drive it, there would be smoke or dragging sounds from your tire  due to dragging instead of rolling.  Even if you feel the tire acting wonky, it could just be that you bend the rim or the tire went out of balance.  I highly doubt you bent the strut tower.  The strut tower bends and moves with the control arm during normal operation.  That wouldn't be damaged unless you really ripped that control arm back.  Also makes me suspicious that you would bend your control arm without bending your rim and/or blowing out a tire.  I would get a second opinion.Lastly, unless you are taking that car to a dealership, there is no way those repairs should cost $1,400.  Parts should be around $350 and 6 hours at $75/hr is $450.   To answer your question, I did have a car once that hit a curb and bent the control arms and that was at about 25 mph.  anything is possible to fix yourself given the right resources.  Assuming disk brakes and a sedan, the control arm is quite easy to change assuming you have the right tools, which you probably don't if your asking that question.  Trucks and SUVs are going to be a little harder but still not impossible.  You will need a spud bar, a "cheater" bar, a 1/2" socket set, mapp gas wouldn't hurt, and some very large sockets on the order of 1-1/8" to 1-1/2".  Lastly a repair manual, DO NOT try to do it without a repair manual.  Sometimes bolts are required to be torqued and the manual is the only why you can find that out.  At the very worst, if you screw up, tow it to the mechanic and you really haven't lost any money.