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Old 03-25-2005, 12:40 AM   #1
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No damage but had a fast trip to the ditch. Real wet snow doesn't seem to be the best for the Baja, slid then spun ending by sliding down in ditch didn't hit anything and drove out. Went to car wash to clean out gravel from rotor, steering wheels is straight, and it drives straight. Anyone else do this or any thing I need to check?
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Old 03-25-2005, 06:45 PM   #2
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If it feels ok it might be ok. If it were me, I would have the dealer give it a quick once over during an oil change or something, just to put my mind at ease. Keep an eye on tire wear, you might have bonked you Toe out(alignment). A $75 alignment is cheaper than two chewed up tires.
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Old 03-25-2005, 07:15 PM   #3
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i agree with chris... ive been offroading a few times, and a little "bump in the road" can certainly screw with the alignment!
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:06 PM   #4
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If you don't take your car back to the dealer, at least jack the car up, put some jack stands under the car and look at your transmision oil pan, the oil pan on the engine, check your exhaust for any dents or damage, etc.
You may have gotten off easy, but please double check everything you can see!
Naturally, the last thing you want to have happen to you, is something to break when you least expect it! Good luck to you!
Keep it under 90, folks!
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:24 PM   #5
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I looked at the under side, and didn't notice anything. I just changed the oil myself 3 days prior, and was at the dealer for my 15k brake inspection. I just got back from vacation and need to put more time into an inspection of the Baja. Today I put on 75 or so miles can't feel anything pulling. I still can't believe I drove Jeeps for 9 years and about 150k miles and never spun. I'm trying to convince myself not to go back to the Jeep. Knowing if I screwed up in the jeep I might roll seemed to keep me from going to fast. Thanks for the input I may just get the dealer to align it for peace of mind.
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:40 PM   #6
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I think you are our only Wisconsin Baja here. Cool.
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:16 PM   #7
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I may be, they didn't sell real well at first. I see a few around but it can be weeks between sightings. My 03 was still new on the lot in May of 04.
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Old 03-25-2005, 10:46 PM   #8
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NO Way, I am from Wisconsin too!! And I have had my fun in the snow. It will slide around alot with those $hitty Potenzas, when the snow is super wet and slick. But off road, and slow speeds, they seem to do ok. I have driven through at least 14 inches of the stuff, and haven't got stuck yet. I will be looking for new tires soon, as I have 40,000 miles on the Potenzas. Anything out there that is good for a general all season tire?? I am looking for a bit more traction in snow and mud. And the mud is mostly in the spring/summer, so I guess All Seasons would be best. Mike
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Old 03-26-2005, 09:15 AM   #9
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If you find some good tires let me know. Until I get new I'll just slow down in the wet heavy snows, I hope were done till fall anyway.
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Old 03-26-2005, 07:47 PM   #10
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If you find some good tires let me know. Until I get new I'll just slow down in the wet heavy snows, I hope were done till fall anyway.
I hope the snow is done too!! Maybe we will get a dustin, but I hope thats it. Course, you never know in Wisconsin, we have our share of crappy weather all year long. Mike
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