sounds like you've either damaged/buckled the wheel and/or damaged some steering gear.
is it an alloy wheel ? and what do you mean about a "crack behind the wheel" ?
also you don't say if it actually drives ok, ie does the steering feel ok ?
if it's a steel wheel then maybe you've just buckled it and a new wheel would solve it, but you would probably need your tracking redone as well.
either way you need to have someone who knows a wee bit about it to have a look for you as it could be dangerous to drive her.
It's not an alloy wheel. I'm not sure about the crack behind the wheel, it was just something my landlady said and pointed to but every time I look I can't see it?
I'm not going to drive her until I take it to the garage, but I just wanted an idea of what it could be (and the cost) before I get ripped off because I'm a girl going on my own!
I also haven't noticed much wrong with the steering but I've only done one long journey in it (and that was after the curb!), where it didn't feel completely stable when going at speed (it wasn't drifting but I didn't feel comfortable going over about 55/60)
jack the car up and check for play in the wheel bearing, grab the wheel at 12 and 6 oclock and wiggle it! If there is *any* play your wheel bearing has had it, if no play move on to 3 and 9 oclock and try again.
Going at that speed i would be amazed if you hadn't bent a steering control arm or perhaps more! It would be worth getting under the car with the whole front jacked up and try to compare your curbed side suspension to the known good side.
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i really wouldn't be surprised if yours was as bad as that (if it is a bearing!)
Are you getting any odd steering feel? Any new noises? If this checks out you could just have a bent wheel, but for people to stop you it would have be massively severe which makes me think you would be able to see it!
There is no wiggle/movement on the wheel when jacked up at all!
Do we know how much these things are likely to cost me to get repaired (in Oxford, UK)? I just don't want to take it to the garage if it's going to be more than Ł3-400 because I can't afford to pay for that at the moment, I'd rather just leave it at home and walk everywhere for a while...