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Ever had a near-death experience? Today I had one. Not really, but it potentially could have been. Let me explain. I was on my way to lunch with my friend Phil, going around a turn on a road where the speed limit is 50mph. I am going maybe a little faster than that, let's call it 60. I look up through the turn, and there is some debris on the road, probably fell out of the back of a garbage truck or something. So I go to swerve around it, all of a sudden, POP! My left front tire goes flat. My car starts to pull toward the median, so I countersteer to keep the car in my lane. Big mistake, especially with my suspension mods. I overcorrect and my rear end whips around to my left. At this point I am travelling sideways at about 40 or so, staring the guardrail in the face. As I slow down I start to regain traction and I hop the curb, scrape the guardrail, then come to a rest perpendicular to the direction of travel, taking up my lane and part of the one next to me. I look up and noticed that I came within a foot or so of a big light pole. That could have been very bad. I am pretty lucky I didn't hit that. I check to make sure Phil and I are ok. Thank God we were. I tried to start the car to move it out of the lane but it would not turn over. I thought I ripped the oil pan off or something. Phil told me to check the inertia switch. It had in fact tripped, so I reset it and the car started right up. I move about 50 feet down the road and proceed to change out my tire. It is real sketchy because it is a 50mph road that does not have a shoulder, and it is a main artery in the county. Traffic really started to congest behind me, as I was blocking a whole lane. I was praying that no one hit my car. I am surverying the damage and see a 16" piece of rebar that had gone completely through my tire! I get the tire changed out and I get moving just in time to have a cop pull in behind me, but he didn't pull me over. I got home just fine on the spare and it is sitting in my driveway. Here are some pictures of it.

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I am glad that Phil and I came out of that alive. A lot of things that could have gone wrong didn't. Things could have gone much worse and I am very thankful that things went the way they did, as we came out of that situation the best way it could have gone. I truly am glad to be alive.
 

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is your left head light smashed out or is that just the angle. you dogged a bullet on that one... well a light poll. glad you and your car are ok
 

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Headlight is gone. This is the first accident I have been in where I can't blame this on someone other than myself.
 

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Tisk Tisk, spare tire on the drive wheels = diff go bye bye.. Just playin as I understand you had no time to screw around with switching the tires (front to back to move spare to rear). Glad you and your friend are ok, also that the car recieved minor damage.
 

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Thank God you both are alright and the car sustained somewhat minor damage compared to what could have happened!!

In my old POS 93 Buick Century, the rear brakes loved to lock up on me (even though I used the emergency brake everytime I parked the car and adjusted them a lot). Since I really couldn't tell when they would start to lock up until it was too late, I had a bad experience close to yours. I was going 20 in a 35 due to pouring rain down the side of a small mountain around 90 degree turns. The back brakes locked up momentarily but it was enough to slide the car around where I did almost a full 180... I then got some traction and spun it back around and then it pointed me directly at the guardrail-less side of the mountain. I floored it in reverse and luckily that was enough to spin the front tires in the rain. That pushed front end around away from the side of the road (and straight down at least 100 feet). Then I finally stopped. I got the thing to the bottom of the hill where a bunch of people at a 7-11 saw it and were ready to call the police cause they thought i was going down. I had it towed the rest of the way home.

Edited due to piss-poor editing on my part <_<
 
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Originally posted by SaturdaysVulcan@Aug 16 2004, 07:15 PM
Tisk Tisk, spare tire on the drive wheels = diff go bye bye.. Just playin as I understand you had no time to screw around with switching the tires (front to back to move spare to rear). Glad you and your friend are ok, also that the car recieved minor damage.
Incorrect, that will only happen in a car with a limited slip diff.

Roman, glad to hear you are OK, it coulda been a lot worse.
 

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Everyday of driving in Austin, TX is a near death experience.... That's why I moved out to the country. I'll take my chances with deer over idiots any day.

Glad you were not injured and the SHO only suffered a minor bump.
 

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Geees, sorry to hear about your accident. You are right, that could have been serious. We had a blow out once on my moms old car and that was kinda scarry..(back wheel) car started fishtailing a bit. Hopefully, the body shop will fix that car right back to the way it should be. :)
 

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Well, I went out to inspect the damage under tha car and I have good news and bad news. The good news is all the suspension components look fine. I will get an alignment just to be sure. The exhaust is fine. The bad news is my e-brake cable is pinched. When I am driving I can hear the pad on the rotor. The e-brake can be engaged but not disengaged on the driver side, as that is where the curb hit. Crushed the cable. So now I have to figure out what to do about that. I may just end up clipping the cable and only having the e-brake engage on the passenger side.
 
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Ouch man, that totally sucks. I have had the same situation in my Pontiac Fiero. Luckily my Fiero handled like a Vette. LOL Damn Van and having it's tail lights out in front of me...

Glad you're ok!


Sal
 

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im drivin home at 2am, and am gettin pretty tired. so i doze off....and i wake up right before i hit the wheel. so i just graze it. freaks me out! i pull over, only to see minor front quarter panel damage, nothing else. i was also very lucky, because the roads were wet, and i could've easily lost control
 

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Good to see you're okay. Suspension and brake mods really do pay off at times like those!
 

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Originally posted by spridget@Aug 16 2004, 10:14 PM
Everyday of driving in Austin, TX is a near death experience.... That's why I moved out to the country. I'll take my chances with deer over idiots any day.

Glad you were not injured and the SHO only suffered a minor bump.
Eh, Austin is not that bad. Go to Houston and you'll love Austin.

Deer freak the living ba-jesus out of me. They also don't have insurance.

Of course, with all the people in Austin losing their jobs, neither do most of them. ;)
 

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Update
On the way to the shop I noticed that the steering wheel is now off-center and it pulls slightly to the left. So I am pretty sure something is bent. Hopefully it is a tie-rod and nothing else.
As it turns out, this will be more expensive than I originally thought. New tires are $400, a new headlight is $75, a new bumper cover is $220 shipped, and then miscelaneous suspension and body work that will have to be done. I think that this will cost me no less than $1500 to fix.
 
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