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iccheech 10-23-2013 03:32 PM

The Curb took me out...
Well this is my first post and was really not the subject I'd want to kick it off with, but such is life... I have a 2014 GC Overland 4x4 V8

Today I was making a right turn and ran over a curb (and there must have been something sticking out of the curb/ground, because it left a gash in my right rear tire and was pretty jarring. I guess I am still learning (the hard way) that this jeep can make tighter turns than my previous acura. :mad:

Immediately my tire pressure alert came on and i turned into a gas station to change the tire. Luckily I have a full size spare and other than getting my clothes filthy, i was able to change the tire (with the help of a good summaritan) pretty quickly. So far so good...

Then I get back into my car and the tire monitoring light came on (I expected that since the sensor is in a flat tire, and the ESC error light came on (this I wasnt expecting). Also, it looks like my alignment is jacked up because on the two mile ride home, my wheel is turned 30 degrees right in order to drive straight.

Has this happened to anyone else or does anyone have any ideas what is going on here? I am hoping to do a little research before going to the dealer and paying a grand to figure it out and fix it. Do you think I did some real damage to the ESC/alignment or could the just be the result of a flat tire and an easy fix? (please say the latter!) Believe it or not this is the first tire I have gotten in 20 years... unfortunately it was on my brand new beloved jeep... BAD DAY! :wtf:

lstowell 10-23-2013 04:00 PM

Re: The Curb took me out...
If the tpms can see the sensor from the flat, it may alarm.
Go to the instrument panel and select the tire pressure readings and see if it
it pointing to the location of the flat or not.

Unless your full size spare is a huge difference in size compared to the regular tires, you probably have some bad $$$$ news in your future.

iccheech 10-23-2013 04:10 PM

Re: The Curb took me out...
The instrument panel shows that it is 1PSI for the right rear tire that was flat but is now in the trunk. I am assuming that is because there is no sensor on the spare.

In terms of the other problem now, could the steering wheel and ESC light just be that my alignment was thrown off during the jarring of hitting the curb?

colby1035 10-23-2013 07:52 PM

Re: The Curb took me out...
Don't worry about the tpms, its still monitoring your flat tire.

Now having to hold your wheel 30 deg off center to go straight, Huge red flag!!!!
Something is way off, and further driving could potentially make it worse. And may cause a catastrophic failure of damaged part.
Could be anything from alignment, partially seized brake, very low air pressure in spare tire (be sure to check PSI), bent rear axle/suspension??

iccheech 10-23-2013 08:03 PM

Thanks for the feedback... I left a message with the dealer to take a look ASAP. I'll leave it in the garage until then.

If it makes a difference, I don't have to hold the wheel to keep it driving straight... It's just that now the default position of the wheel is 30* right when driving straight. I also checked to see if there were any sounds or vibration or slack in the wheel and everything seems to be operating normally, other than the wheel being off center. Crossing my fingers.

Bottom line is I am a jack@ss. Hoping for the best but I'll go straight to dealer. I definitely don't want anything catastrophic to happen. That will turn a bad day into a bad week in no time flat...

Very appreciative of anyone and everyone's comments. Ill keep you all posted once I know more.

colby1035 10-23-2013 08:08 PM

Re: The Curb took me out...
Its weird that the steering wheel is off that much, or at all, if you only hit the rear tire on the curb.
Doesn't make sense to me??

I actually did the same thing to my Pontiac G8, curb was broken off where it had been run over before. Gashed my tire, but no other issues. Like you said, was loud and quite jarring.

iccheech 10-23-2013 09:40 PM

Re: The Curb took me out...
Now that we are talking about it and I am thinking about what happened, I have a theory. Because, like you, if I ran over something with one rear tire, why is my front End jacked up?

I wonder if, once I felt the impact, I held the wheel stationary even as the 2000 pound rear end Jerked to the left (almost like a fishtail). So the back end was moving to the left while my front two wheels were glued to the road as were my hands to the steering wheel. That could have forced the front end to lose alignment. Also, now that I think about it, after I hit the curb, the back end jumped off the curb and essentially straightened the back end to line up with the front two wheels. That happened without my moving the wheel at all. Also, the wheel is now centered essentially in the position I was holding it as I made impact... That probably made no sense but in my mind it does.

Maybe I should just do the same thing to the left rear to even it out.

Or I'll take it to the dealer... ;)

Btw, I'll take some pics of the wheel and tire to hopefully show people why you should avoid hitting curbs at all costs...

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