When I went to the doctor last week, I was within a few feet of my mechanic/garage. However, I thought their entrance was blocked by a massive wreck, so I just turned the other way and came home. With the rain and the apparent wreck in the driveway of my garage, I just came home.
Friday, I finally took my car in for a diagnosis of the problem. When I back up and turn the wheel, it seems the tire is mushy and slips off something, sort of like rolling an ankle off a root or object over which you are walking.
I asked about the wreck. It seems someone ran into the ditch. The car did not wander off the road. It did not brake. No one was even near the car and driver. However, the tire tracks made a 90 degree turn right off into a 40 ft. ditch with no evidence of braking. They surmise the driver was texting. The wreck did happen next to their driveway and emergency vehicles and the police were parked in the driveway. So, it is a good thing I did not try to get there.
This strange feeling in the car wheel happened lots of times, but mostly when I backed and turned the wheel as I got out onto the road or backed from a parking place. Once, I got out of the car in a rather dangerous place and checked to see if had a flat tire. This was not in traffic, just a place I should be moving from, not parking.
Well, it is something called a sway bar. He told me this and I asked what was wrong with the sway bar. "It's not there. The sway bar is gone and so are all the bolts." In my head I am trying to process this information, wondering how dangerous this could be, what else would it ruin by being gone.
The owner said it would take four or five days to locate one. I have places to drive and things to do. So, I looked this up on Wikipedia. It seems this stabilizes the car, making it less likely to roll over. Now, I am not sure if I should drive to the doctor in Birmingham or not.
Have you ever lost a sway bar or had problems with one? Is this very dangerous? Will it ruin something else driving it like this?