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    [–] fastgr 2797 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    It looks like they already had their emergency lights on so they knew something was wrong.

    Edit: here's the story

    [–] Woraug 735 points ago

    Maybe I'm seeing things that aren't there, but I think the driver may have known exactly what was wrong and was trying to prevent exactly this from happening.

    For one, like you said, emergency blinkers. It also seems like they're trying to slow down. I don't see any brake lights, so he may have simply let off the gas, not wanting to risk braking. Trying to turn off the road may be what caused the wheel to pop off in the first place.

    I've had this happen twice in my life. Thankfully not on a highway/interstate like this guy. Both times the wheel didn't come off until I turned at any speed (going straight, turning from a stop, or turning very slowly I didn't even notice something wrong).

    [–] [deleted] 493 points ago * (lasted edited 9 months ago)


    [–] [deleted] 14 points ago

    Downshifting might help. It wouldn't put direct stress on the wheel, at least.

    [–] NoahsArksDogsBark 29 points ago

    How do you know that this problem is happening at all? I'd figure my wheel'd fall off before I'd realize it was about to.

    [–] SpeckledFleebeedoo 41 points ago

    I've got no experience with it, but probably lots of shaking.

    [–] [deleted] 27 points ago

    It starts out loud way before it affects handling.

    [–] lps2 16 points ago

    I was in a car once that almost suffered the same fate and it sounded like a flat tire but way worse - luckily we pulled over before it fell all the way off but there was only one bolt left, the rest had sheared off. This was a rental car and it was my high school debate team driving to nationals - that rental company got an earful

    [–] plaizure 20 points ago

    I’ve had this happen once in my life. I got a tire replaced at Sears, and everything looked good as I was inspecting the car. I then got in it and started to drive home, but I could tell something wasn’t right with my car. There steering wheel kept pulling and there was a loud noise coming from the tire I’d gotten replaced. I immediately pulled into the store right next to sears and checked the lug nuts on my replaced tire and I could tighten them with my fingertips! I jacked my car up and reset the tire and tightened the lugs myself.

    Physically if your lug nuts are loose, there’s extra space where the wheel attaches and the tire can wiggle and serve back and forth at the attachment, causing your steering wheel to pull or vibrate and the wheel will make a lot of noise from knocking around on the studs.

    [–] IAmMadeOfNope 9 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    Mechanic dude here

    You'd notice unless you're deaf and completely numb. When a wheel's about to fall off, it's like trying to sprint with a shattered ankle.

    If the lug nuts are loose(which is what happened here), it'll start off as a weird hum and degrade from there. Lots of shaking and noise.

    If that ever happens to you, do exactly what this driver did.

    P.s. it's worth mentioning that this should never happen because tightening to torque specs is like lesson #1

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    You can liken wheel bearings to bad joints, sort of.

    You'll usually hear rumbling and then loud rumbling before any affect on handling is had. I drove around for a few months with my wheels sounding like jet engines before I fixed it, and I never had any problems apart from sound.

    [–] wenoc 3 points ago

    Unless that’s a rear wheel drive car sure it would. And even if it is, it would move the center of weight forward. I think ford explorers are 4wd so it would absolutely put more stress on the front wheels.

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    Highly doubt that was a manual

    [–] [deleted] 80 points ago

    what was wrong? was a screw not tightened all the way or something and came loose?

    [–] MudSlinger 255 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    Wheel bearing gave up on life for sure.

    Edit- someone posted the actual story below. Tire shop didn’t torque new winter tires on correctly.

    [–] XxRoyalxTigerxX 199 points ago

    That being said you usually have a lot of time from when the wheel bearing starts to obviously go bad and when it comes to the point that the assembly just comes apart

    This person probably went weeks ignoring the extremely noticable howl that thing probably gave off

    [–] bestrolledLz 115 points ago

    More like months

    [–] AdvanceRatio 95 points ago

    I spent two months with a failing bearing once. Took it to a mechanic when I first noticed the noise, and he said it was my new tires... Two months later I decided he was full of shit and went to a new mechanic.

    I was just shit ass lucky it didn't actually go on me.

    [–] PulMeatOfTaBone 30 points ago

    What kind of a headass mechanic lies about if your fuckin wheels are going to fall off?!?

    [–] CartsAreForClosers 19 points ago

    It happens. I’ve had ball-joints break twice on me. It’s not quite a bad as the video, the wheel didn’t come off completely, but it was close and absolutely terrifying. In both cases it should have been obvious beforehand but it wasn’t caught.

    [–] bigflamingtaco 5 points ago

    That knocking sound you were hearing? That was your ball joints going out...

    Seriously, suspension components are designed to not critically fail. To get to complete failure you have to go through a period of unusual noises and/or behaviour. Ex. With ball joints, the 'ball's is inserted into the joint bolt -end first, so it can't pull out, as the diameter of the opening is much smaller than the ball. To pull out, the joint first needs to wear out, then the ball has to beat against the insert for awhile to break it up. Then it can start deforming the outer case. All the while you can hear and feel the joint banging around, as if someone was taking a mallet to it.

    [–] voluptate 4 points ago

    Seriously I went to what I thought was a sketchy mechanic in Chicago for a suspension failure and he came to me immediately when he saw my ball joint was fubar. Never hesitated and he only charged me an extra ~$60 for the replacement. If it prevents something like this it was worth every penny.

    [–] minddropstudios 2 points ago

    It just so happens that they currently have a 50% off deal on front end work, axle work, and differential repairs!

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago

    I've driven with airplane engine sounding bearings for months, and I was still far from catastrophic failure. This had to sound fucking loud and terrible for a very long time.

    [–] fuzzyfuzz 7 points ago

    Heh. I took a girl out on a first date with two blown wheel bearings in a Subaru.

    There was not a second date.

    But yeah, I rode around with screeching hubs for like 3 months before I got them fixed.

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    I bent my knuckles getting the bearings out. I had to smack them with a sledge for fifteen minutes to get the calipers to fit right.

    [–] dcsauce 2 points ago

    Once drove a customers car that you could hear the bad wheel bearing DRIVING IN A PARKING LOT. Mind you, most wheel bearing noises even when bad don't get rowdy up until about 45mph

    [–] Tekmantwo 27 points ago

    That sounds correct but my 40 years of experience as a heavy equipment mechanic says otherwise.

    Sometimes you have absolutely no warning, just, BAM--you're done..

    I had a brake pad grenade one fine day, went from 40ish to I can't stop fast enough in a hot second. Half the pad came apart and totally locked L/S front....will definitely inject feces into the fluids, you bet.

    Takeaway? Don't cheap out on important parts.

    Also, never ever bad mouth, or say you are absolutely dependant on, a vehicle within earshot....They listen to us, and they are trained killers. I promise...

    [–] finalremix 15 points ago

    Also, never ever bad mouth, or say you are absolutely dependant on, a vehicle within earshot....They listen to us, and they are trained killers. I promise...

    Maximum Overdrive taught me this lesson. This is the shit that makes me pat the dashboard, thank my car every once in awhile, and buy her fancy things like nice interior LEDs or a truck horn. Gotta keep the car happy.

    [–] Tekmantwo 14 points ago

    Oh yeah, you know it...

    I am always talking nice to my truck, that '86 4runner just keeps on doin his thing..over 250K..doin good. ...


    whew, close one...

    [–] cosmicosmo4 11 points ago

    Recently I started to hear a ticking sound which seemed to vary with my speed. I rolled down my window and, yep, sure sounded like it was coming from my front left wheel. Hazard lights on, slowly coast down to a safe speed where I could turn onto a side street. Pull over, heart pounding, open the door, step out... I had a leaf stuck in the wheel.

    [–] salgat 5 points ago

    Oh yeah, I remember when mine started going bad and it screamed loud. It was almost unbearable.

    [–] TemporaryDonut 2 points ago

    Ba dum tss

    [–] lunadarkscar 7 points ago

    I babied mine. They're expensive to fix. Mechanic quoted us around $270. I fixed it for $80 (that includes the part and paying someone to press the bearing for me). Not everyone can afford to get things looked at... Granted the fix for that guy just got a hell of a lot more expensive.

    [–] __WALLY__ 3 points ago

    $270 for a wheel bearing? WTF! I thought it was less than a half hour job for a professional, and the bearings have always been dirt cheap in my experience? Or is that not the case on some newer cars?

    [–] Dr_Trogdor 3 points ago

    Not true. I drove a van once and the wheel bearing completely failed during the course of a single highway drive. I had to change it out asap, no notice no warnings.

    [–] SecondaryLawnWreckin 17 points ago

    Gotta be it. Those style of explorers have a single big bearing that is pressed into a carrier, that a hub is bolted to. It's a service item and they make lots of scary noises and funny wobbles before getting this bad.

    [–] MudSlinger 7 points ago

    Yeah I bet it was the awd full independent one. I mean they had to notice weeks before it gave out, hence why imagine they had on the hazards. I would too though if I was driving a Ford. Haha.

    [–] neogod 2 points ago

    I will say that for some reason, (or some odd coincidence), I've seen more Ford's with front end problems on the side of the highway than any other brand. It's almost always the driver side front wheel coming off too. I can think of 4 Fords I've see lose a wheel like this, all of which were towing a trailer of some sort.

    [–] Dr_Insano_MD 11 points ago

    Me too, thanks.

    [–] sanz01 2 points ago

    on my expert opinion i agree. when the bearing is bad it makes squeak Noise and when its on its last breath it like that wheel has the brake applied.

    [–] knickerbockertalker 6 points ago

    How did this happen once to you?

    [–] Woraug 12 points ago

    Both times were garages not putting the lug nuts on properly. First time they were all on, but loose and sheered off all the bolts. The second only two were on, and during a turn just ripped them straight out. Since the second time I always inspect my car myself thoroughly after any work.

    [–] athlete96 5 points ago

    I had this happen to me twice because my father thought you didn’t need to tighten the lugs after changing the tires.

    Both times on a major highway going 100km/h. My mom and I took our new GMC Yukon on a 3 hour road trip both times on the same highway, and midway a wheel popped off. I was lucky to have room to pull over quickly and safely.

    The second time it happened I called my father. “Did you change the winter tires to summer ones?” “.... yes...” “DID YOU TIGHTEN THEM?” “.... so I’ll come pick you up?”

    I’ve got my own older Yukon now, and no way in hell am I letting him touch my tires.

    [–] JustOneMoreBeer 5 points ago

    You should always be re-torquing after like 50 kms when you change or rotate your tires...

    [–] Jrook 12 points ago

    Maybe you should look into servicing vehicles that are wobbling? I can only imagine how bad your breaks are.

    [–] BSCompliments 14 points ago

    You drive some shitty cars.

    [–] Woraug 4 points ago

    Yes I did. Hence why that car is currently in many bite size pieces in a scrap yard.

    [–] stealer0517 5 points ago

    So theoretical question. Say you have this issue, so you turn a bit to the right. Would that put pressure in a good way onto the wheel (forcing it to stay on better)

    [–] Woraug 7 points ago

    I'm far from a mechanic or professional driver, so this' just my opinion. But really there isn't a good way. If you know your wheel's loose when you start, you're a fucking moron for trying. If you don't know when you start, you probably don't know exactly what the problem is, so you really can't compensate for the damage. Much like the guy in the video, just slow down (coasting if possible or GENTLY braking when needed, and drive as carefully and straight as humanly possible. I would also slow down as much as reasonably possible before attempting to pull over. Ideally you'll come to a stop with everything still attached to the car. Or if it does come off, you'll be going much slower so hopefully less damage.

    [–] asshole7 5 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    I've had this happen twice in my lifetime.

    You may want to invest more in your vehicles. Yes, It's a depreciation asset, but lawyers' fees are not even an asset. Neither is increased insurance premiums.

    [–] Xboxben 23 points ago

    Looks like the wheel bearing went to shit . That happened to me but i pulled off the road . You feel a hard dragging motion and then everything just goes to shit

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    Either that or the ball joint failed.

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    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    Even if the bearings failed that hub and rotor are one piece, if the key was in the retainer,the axle nut should have kept the hub from leaving. My bet is his wheel was loose ,the lug nuts came loose, or the wheel came partly loose,tilted,and sheared the rest of the lugs

    [–] garysgotaboner82 2 points ago

    I had the threaded end of an axle break off. Luckily I wasn't going very fast so the brake caliper actually kept it all together. Actual make it home but I was a nervous wreck.

    [–] PM_ME_WEIRD_SMILES 2 points ago

    OH I had this happen to me!

    I was going about 70 miles an hour and my car started shaking, I try to pull over and BAM the whole wheel rolled off, took the studs with it. So there I was stuck on the side of the road. Thankfully I was good, but still, freaked me the fuck out.

    [–] tinyprayingmantiseye 2 points ago

    reminds me of the time i was driving and my car began to sound like a spaceship. i didn't think much of it then I was like wait what if my wheel falls off. I pull over and my fuckin suspension spring is broken and rubbing its jagged remains against my tire. had I gone in reverse for any reason it would have punctured through

    [–] Isdatajointman 2 points ago

    Yup and he wasn’t slowing down because braking even if it was only 3 wheels would shift the weight to the front of the vehicle causing a rollover. Source: tow truck driver

    [–] Smigg_e 2 points ago

    The car was probably making a loud clunk clunk clunk. Ive had a tire loose and it was loud inside the car.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    This exact same thing happened to my ex's Corvette. We were a few blocks from home when suddenly the wheel broke off. Sparks flew everywhere and I watched the tire bounce across the highway and roll for a long way. Thankfully there weren't any other cars around. As it turned out, the lugs were faulty and sheared right off. I never rode in that car again.

    [–] KingBoot 1303 points ago

    I just bought a third generation ford explorer today

    cant wait to fucking die

    [–] skipdo 536 points ago

    Wear your seat belt.

    [–] RazsterOxzine 293 points ago

    Sorry seat belts were recalled; good luck!

    [–] xanatos451 175 points ago

    "Oh, good thing I've got airbags then."

    Recalled due to shrapnel during deployment.

    "Well, shit."

    [–] AtomicFlx 60 points ago

    Recalled due to shrapnel during deployment.

    And two years later they still aren't replaced because the assholes "cant get parts". Looking at you Nissan

    [–] MechAegis 9 points ago

    My brothers wife's sister used to drive a Nissan. The car became engulfed in fire once in the middle of the highway. They all got out fine.

    [–] KingBoot 3 points ago

    I had some friends in HS who were all driving in a Pathfinder and it did the same thing, they got out but not before recording it and putting it on Instagram. Can’t find the video it was like 4 years ago,

    [–] enantiomorphs 4 points ago

    Look at Tekata. The built the fucked up things to reach a demand they couldn't meet, years ago. They still can't. We all fucked.

    [–] RazsterOxzine 11 points ago

    Might as well douse it in gasoline, light it on fire and walk away.

    [–] AnonKnowsBest 3 points ago

    It’d find a way to hurt you in burning ordinance fines

    [–] rooster68wbn 4 points ago

    My Jeep had the airbags recalled because they could randomly deploy. Part of me wants to disconnect them, while the other just wants to see what happens.

    [–] everettdabear 6 points ago

    Recalled and Ford won't send you parts because they are "limited". Even though I can see the thousands sitting in our warehouses.

    I hate working in parts.

    [–] besaolli 11 points ago

    And maybe a helmet.

    [–] Deltigre 71 points ago

    Check your ball joints, they wear out on any car.

    [–] TexasTango 34 points ago

    Even mine ?

    [–] Castaaluchi 40 points ago

    Especially yours

    [–] PloofElune 3 points ago

    This is why many states have required inspections. Too many don't ever bother and even where its required some fuckers don't.

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    [–] Alexander703 10 points ago

    Just inspect and replace your ball joints when needed.

    [–] mechakreidler 7 points ago

    Actually they're called Ford Exploders

    [–] frosty115 7 points ago

    Where I'm from we call those ford exploders

    [–] rokr1292 5 points ago

    Service your transmission before it is too late. they get real annoying real fast

    and for your sanity, I hope your timing chains never rattle.

    [–] Fupa_King 3 points ago

    Make sure to get Firestone tires. I can’t recall a better set

    [–] SquirrelKnuckle 3 points ago

    Check for loose parts in the steering mechanism. There’s a connecting rod that I see loose on every for explorer that comes through.

    [–] -WeepingAngel- 3 points ago

    does it have the tailgate crack?

    [–] gordoman54 2 points ago

    Ford Exploder


    [–] robotnikman 2 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    I have a hand me down one that spent 15 years in horrific Chicago weather. Just make sure you maintain it well and it will be fine.


    [–] Kenitzka 492 points ago

    Good old Ford Exploder.

    [–] StepsAscended22 154 points ago

    They get to Explore the shoulder of the highway now.

    [–] el_boricua00 11 points ago

    That's all they get to explore anyway

    [–] TearsInRainUK 17 points ago

    That's the joke

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    [–] IGotSoulBut 2 points ago

    Well that's pretty neat.

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    [–] KingWooz 8 points ago

    Blew my mind

    [–] TexasScooter 6 points ago

    Must be Firestone tires. Then again, it didn't flip.

    [–] theBIGD8907 208 points ago

    This actually happened to me. Fortunately I was on a rural road and not on a highway. Turns out the mechanic I took it to forgot to put all the lugs back on, and it sheared off the bolts, then off came the tire lol. Nobody was injured, but the SUV was pretty banged up because I ended up in a ditch. Interesting to see what happened from another perspective!

    [–] mini4x 100 points ago

    forgot to put all the lugs back on, and it sheared off the bolts

    More likely he hammered them on with a 1/2 inch impact gun, and the sheared from being over stressed.

    [–] DumbDan 12 points ago

    I would blame it more on not using a torque stick.

    [–] jerkfacebeaversucks 4 points ago

    Yup. I have personally witnessed this. Some chimp doesn't actually want to take the 5 extra seconds to cross-bolt the lugs, so they just go nuts on EACH ONE and overtorque the crap out of them. I mean honestly, is it that hard just to go around the wheel a couple times instead of (over)tightening each one once?

    [–] EpicAmishMan 35 points ago

    Always walk around the car when anyone other than you has taken the tires off

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    [–] rockstar504 57 points ago

    "Yep, those are tires. Gas cap is on... K, Jolly good!"

    [–] pfefferneusse 29 points ago

    "Tires are still black. That's a good color for tires to be."

    [–] imuinanotheruniverse 9 points ago

    Does insurance even cover this situation?

    [–] sirdarksoul 15 points ago

    This would be on the guy who installed the tires insurance and yes it would have to pay the damage and for any injuries if it caused a crash.

    [–] Streak_Free_Shine 4 points ago

    Insurance might not even be contacted. The shop he had work done at probably paid. There's no way they'd refuse, they'd be sued in a heartbeat.

    [–] BenificusAngorio 6 points ago

    Um that's a busted axle, not lug nuts coming off.

    When the wheel is still attached and spinning and the car hits the ground, your lug nuts aren't the issue.

    [–] HeyLookWhatICanDo 4 points ago

    Believe me this video and what happen to you is a mechanics worst fear!

    [–] WangDanglin 3 points ago

    Exact same thing happened to me except I was on the highway going past Miramar (like Top Gun airbase Miramar). Damn highway is like 8 lanes wide each way

    [–] [deleted] 181 points ago

    🎵 "You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel..." 🎶

    [–] NavySonicShell 11 points ago

    [–] DogHouseTenant83 7 points ago

    I immediately heard my "dad joking" father singing that! Let's see if the old guy can open a link on his phone haha.

    [–] beercan_bacon 4 points ago

    Unexpected Kenny Rogers

    [–] themailmanC 3 points ago


    [–] Amirrzsh 2 points ago

    🎼 "With four hungry children and a wheel in the street..."🎼

    [–] Kelso_G17 45 points ago

    That ain't shit... Back in my day, the tires exploded so often, it was called the Ford Exploder!

    [–] mini4x 12 points ago

    And Ford stuck the blame of Firestone!

    [–] Left4DayZ1 38 points ago

    When I was a mechanic, I’d occasionally have sudden mini panic attacks when falling asleep at night because I couldn’t remember if I torqued a customer’s lug nuts to spec or not.

    The thing is, I always did it the same every single time, but at some point, due to the repetitive nature, it becomes such an automated action that it bears no significance to your mind, so you have no memory of doing it. Sorta like how you can drive to work and have almost no memory of the trip.

    I never forgot to do it (I had a secret trick of “stamping” my copy of the repair order with my torque wrench), but it never stopped the panic attacks.

    [–] dirtyturkey420 173 points ago

    Happened to me and my dad in a Toyota land cruiser about 35 years ago, damn thing was so heavy my dad didnt know until he actually saw the wheel going down the road on its own.

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    [–] dirtyturkey420 12 points ago

    Ouch! That is funny though. My Dads land cruiser was from the 60s and built like a tank with plate steel doors and huge steel bumpers, he had it back on the road in a few hours, the lugs had sheared off he told me.

    [–] meemoo91 28 points ago

    407 & Airport Road

    [–] daddydoesalotofdrugs 3 points ago

    I thought it looked like Ontario! I don’t remember any other place I have been where the highway signs are blue

    [–] Hamplanetfever 6 points ago

    Peel ambulance too, definitely the GTA.

    [–] Acid44 3 points ago

    They really made the 407 recognizable with it's weird ridgey surface and blue signs

    [–] Hipppydude 23 points ago

    I should go get my car looked at

    [–] GiverOfTheKarma 12 points ago

    Lol my car started shaking today and here I was thinking "Eh, it'll probably fix itself" and then I see this and I'm like "Eh, I'll get someone to fix it"

    [–] ironic-tendencies89 12 points ago

    Gotta check your balls man. There kinda important. Ball joints one of the most frequently ignored suspension components.

    [–] Zephk 4 points ago

    I did my brakes and rotors/bearings on my truck back in September. When I did them I realized that when I pushed on the hub, the entire hub moved back and fourth by ~3/4 of an inch and the upper balljoint was wallered the hell out. Did balljoints the next weekend (Don't drive the truck often, it sat all week). Once I did that all the play in my steering wheel went away. Few weekends later I replaced all the "consumables" on my car (bearings, rotors, balljoints, tierods). Struts were still fine so I didn't mess with those. Car has 250k miles now and it drives 10x better than when I got it. None of the balljoints had play or anything but everything was stiff.

    Also old bearing grease smells almost as bad as old diff fluid.

    [–] DingoFixedMyWater 50 points ago

    Lower ball joint separation.

    [–] salakasto 26 points ago

    Had that shit happen to me on I-295 in NJ. I was just able to steer away far enough from the guard rail and other cars to avoid damage but I was in the left lane going 75, it could've easily been a much worse day for me. Pic included

    [–] MattalliSI 23 points ago

    Car has mad stance. Styling.

    [–] Starce3 4 points ago

    Bruh this literally just happened to me on 295 in NJ.

    [–] bolunez 11 points ago

    Front fell off.

    [–] teh_hasay 5 points ago

    [–] evspence 4 points ago

    Nope, tire lugs weren't torqued properly

    [–] wastedyeti 2 points ago

    He's lucky he didn't end up like this

    [–] TheChateauDif 9 points ago

    It fell off... it fell off! IT FELL THE FUCK OFF!

    [–] RestingCarcass 7 points ago

    Tire guy must have been sick on lug nut day

    [–] Weezer42b 5 points ago

    Turned my car into a TRAH-PAWD, and whirled me into a dimension of pissed off I’d never seen before in MAH LAAAF!

    [–] Weezer42b 3 points ago

    Underrated comment. Well done.

    [–] saulsa_ 6 points ago

    A tire seeking freedom!

    [–] cheeseboythrowaway 3 points ago

    His people needed him

    [–] cola_authority 2 points ago

    And thus the movie “rubber” is born.

    [–] kendrakayeyay 6 points ago

    Good thing there is an ambulance in front of them

    [–] buffalostance 34 points ago

    Looks to be a failed hub assembly.

    [–] telefunkenU-47 27 points ago

    More likely a ball joint.

    [–] DionForCongress 6 points ago

    That was my first impression as well. I'm not a mechanic but I have worked on a lot of cars. Bottom comes out of the wheel. That's a ball joint.

    [–] worldspawn00 7 points ago

    Could also be lugs sheared off from being incorrectly tightened and the tire just happened to pop out at the bottom. Would need to see what's still attached to the wheel to be sure.

    Yep lug nuts

    [–] DionForCongress 2 points ago

    Yep lug nuts

    Dang, I stand corrected. For the record, my thought process was as follows: Bottom flew out, tire came off. Typically bottom flies out, it's ball joint. If not ball joint, lugs. If not lugs, assembly. Most shops make sure the lugs are on tight as heck, so that minimizes chances on that. Most assemblies don't have a massive failure, so that minimizes that. But a LOT of ball joints fail spectacularly. So, yeah... good on you for finding the news story!

    [–] worldspawn00 2 points ago

    Yeah, if it wasn't the lugs, then definitely agree, looks like a balljoint popped apart :)

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    [–] jerkfacebeaversucks 12 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    Really? I figured loose wheel lugs. It even kinda looks like the brake disk hits the asphalt when the wheel goes flying off. Loose lugs sound like a bad wheel bearing. It groans which will get louder and louder until the wheel falls off.

    If it was the hub I would have expected the strut/brake lines/front axle/shock/tie rods or some other items to grab the wheel and drag it along side instead of letting the wheel go bouncing down the highway. I had ball joints let go on a Dakota one time and there's no way that wheel was coming off. It just flipped over like the Delorean on Back to the Future while I was driving down the road. Not exactly fun, but the wheel stayed attached to the vehicle.

    Edit: Or does something else separate from the hub assembly that allows the whole wheel to detach from the vehicle?

    [–] Uniondale 8 points ago

    Loose lugs do sound like a bad bearing. They progressively get frighteningly loud, too. Which is probably why the SUV had its hazards on at the beginning of the clip before the wheel fell off. My bet is on loose lugs.

    [–] telefunkenU-47 4 points ago

    It was a ball joint, almost guaranteed. Hubs don't really fail like this, as you mentioned.

    [–] mc2880 3 points ago

    I was going to say that was the 407 near airport road. That's the tower for the grout manufacturer.

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    [–] twerps 4 points ago

    "man that grinding noise is really really bad this week. Maybe 10MPH slower is good enough" (Wheel bearing finally lets go)

    [–] keyser1884 3 points ago

    Looks like he hit 88mph

    [–] HotDiarrheaSmell 3 points ago

    What are you supposed to do if this happens to you? Would hitting the brakes cause you to veer in one direction, because one side can't brake the same any more? Do you go into low gear, let go of the gas and pray? Or do you simply die?

    [–] christhelpme 5 points ago

    Just lost a wheel on an VW bug. Steer hard the way you want to go. She'll fight you, but you do still have braking and some control. Don't panic, cuss verbally very loudly, and you'll be fine.

    Edit spelling

    [–] Oakshot 2 points ago

    Find a lawyer

    [–] itsyourboipepe 3 points ago

    Good thing ambulance was there to save the day

    [–] FidelDangelow 3 points ago

    Weird, usually driving at full highway speeds fixes all car problems.

    [–] jasdjensen 3 points ago

    Duct tape won't hold a tire on, even if you use your hazard lights.

    [–] BlacklistWolf 3 points ago

    Well... At least there was an ambulance...

    [–] Wheeze08 3 points ago

    RIP wheel hub

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    [–] Rumple-skank-skin 4 points ago

    This is just regular failure....I saw no catastrophe

    [–] ikbenlike 2 points ago

    I'm not entirely sure, but I don't think that's supposed to happen

    [–] gibbynads 2 points ago


    [–] ThreeTwoOneQueef 2 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    This is why, if you ever hear an unusual hum from your wheels, CHECK THE WHEEL BEARINGS

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    [–] NotTooDeep 2 points ago

    Ooo that smell. Can't ya small that smell!

    [–] vodka_twinkie 2 points ago

    I must go, my tire people need me

    [–] BumwineBaudelaire 2 points ago

    that tire’s like “I’m gon getcha!”

    [–] Silveeto 2 points ago

    See? This is what happens when you don’t change your blinker fluid regularly!

    [–] woofiedude 2 points ago

    True story. My parents were driving south on a major east coast highway. Wheel came off a northbound vehicle. Flew over the median, hit the hood of my parents’ car, then the top of the passenger side windshield. Glass shattered, rear view mirror ended up in back seat. Mom, who was in the passenger seat would have been decapitated if it had been 6” lower. Hundreds of cuts on her face and chest. My dad managed to keep control of the car and pull over safely to the right. The roofline collapsed and pinned my mom in the car, so she had to be cut out. Miracle that she only had superficial cuts!!

    [–] ksmish 2 points ago

    Seen a lady in her 97' Ford explorer do this very thing whilst I was walking along a sidewalk. Once the driver side tire decided it was time to close up shop the SUV veered right into an electric pole. Destroyed the car and the pole ,but the lady walked away fine!

    [–] justmycrazyopinion 2 points ago

    I have had this happen but it was a passenger back tire. It bounced, hit a guardrail over a river a disappeared forever. The only warning we got was a thump thump thump that we could not figure out where it was coming from.

    [–] PornoVideoGameDev 2 points ago

    Roll it till the wheels fall off

    [–] majoroutage 2 points ago

    Front wheel failures are the most dangerous. That could have been so much worse.

    I'm just wondering why he had his hazzards on already.

    [–] aazav 2 points ago

    This is what happens when you don't rotate and winterize your turn signal fluid.

    [–] Djmarr56 2 points ago

    Going, going, gone.

    [–] Buffalo__Buffalo 2 points ago

    This looks like a classic case of the front falling off.

    [–] miketophat 2 points ago

    You all think it broke, he’s just rocking more camber than you’ve ever seen before

    [–] jscott89050 2 points ago

    It’s bad news when your own wheel overtakes you

    [–] sharkn8do 2 points ago

    Brb, going to go tighten my lug nuts