Here’s an interesting little story for you. A bit over a month ago, I walked to my car early one morning prior to my 45 minute commute (hate it). Before I got in, I noticed something was… off. I couldn’t quite figure it out, so I got in, and drove away.
Four inches later, I felt something very wrong with the wheel. I thought, perhaps there was something under the car, causing a drag or something. So I got out, looked around. Didn’t see anything, got back in, and drove off.
Five inches later, I knew something was very wrong. I looked closely at a wheel and noticed the lug nuts were loose. A second later I realized the hubcaps were missing! I recall thinking, “what is this, Detroit circa 1974???” When I went to the trunk, I couldn’t find the jack kit, but I thought maybe we had accidentally moved it into the apartment. Luckily another Civic driver pulled up a few cars away, and he let me borrow his to tighten the lug nuts.
About a week ago, my wife took the car in to get the tires rotated. When I took the car in the evening, I noticed a massive pull to the right. I asked my wife about it, she thought it needed to be ‘broke in’ a little bit (much like her shoes), but I assumed the rotation had messed up the alignment.
Earlier this week we dropped the car off for a wheel alignment, but the dealer informed us immediately that it was not an alignment problem. The problem was the fact that the wheels were not the ones that come with the car!
The fact that thieves stole my tires is somewhat surprising, as I live in a decent residential part of San Francisco.
The fact that thieves stole my tires and left other tires in their place, not to mention the lug nuts, is just plain weird in my book. Looks like I got hit by the most polite thieves around…