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Why does it feel like a tire will fall off?

  1. peeples profile image95
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    Ok so I drive a Ford freestar minivan. When driving, no matter the speed it feels like a tire will fall off. Very severe feeling when driving slow but still a horrible wobble feeling when driving fast. When driving slow it feels like we are driving on a flat tire. So far we have check to ensure lug nuts are tight on all tires. We have pulled at 12 and 6 and 3 and 9 to see if there is any play. NO play in the tires at all when jacked up. We have also checked to make sure there are no flat spots or bad spots in the tire. What else could cause this feeling?

    1. Brandon E Newman profile image69
      Brandon E Newmanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Feel the tread surface for any lumps. This has happened to me as well. Sometimes tires have things like tread separation and steel belt breakage. That tire will blow if this is the case. This always happens in the summer heat.  If you find no swollen spots or lumps, have a pro look at the steering parts, and check the alignment.

    2. profile image73
      cwritesnowposted 2 months agoin reply to this


      It sounds like the tire/wheel is out of balance.

      At least you knew to pull your wheel to check if the hub is bad! Smart thinking.....

  2. IzzyM profile image89
    IzzyMposted 5 years ago

    Your wheel balancing may be off, or it might be your tracking. Get a mechanic to check.
    Another possibility is a problem with your steering or steering rack, as that will also give the bumpy feeling of a loose wheel at speed.
    Get the suspension checked too.

  3. ptosis profile image72
    ptosisposted 5 years ago

    Had this problem at 32mph - dummy driving my car ran over a freakin' log or something. Would smooth out at any other speed. What was great about it was the car was stolen in Tacoma - and was parked off the highway ramp and abandoned because the wobble scared the thief! (yeah - sometimes procrastination really does work!)

    Check axle, along with above suggestions of wheel balance, etc.  Have you run over something lately?

    If this is a car has been in a very bad accident and your entire body is screwed up - then can't fix that.

  4. Reality Bytes profile image81
    Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago

    Have your mechanic check your cars  bearing, spindle, axle, or wheel hub.

  5. ptosis profile image72
    ptosisposted 5 years ago

    One time I was driving behind a pickup truck when the right rear tire went berserk and started flip flopping at over 20 degree angle  and the straightened itself back to normal again. Could not believe the driver didn't feel that.

    Must have a guardian angel for that tire not to fall off and hit me at 60 mph.

    I guess that's why although not religious - that I believe in something because I've had plenty of close calls where I should've been dead 10x over.

  6. peeples profile image95
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    Well we just got back from the mechanic and they found a golf ball size knot on one of the tires that somehow we missed. It's crazy to me that something so small like that can cause the feeling we were having. But I'm thankful it was nothing worse! Thanks all!

    1. ptosis profile image72
      ptosisposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's great! Not too much $$$$!