I grazed the curb on a right turn. Is it safe to drive? Is this the rim separating from the tire, or another problem altogether?enter image description here

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That's just the cover trim (kinda like what used to be called a hubcap). It is not the wheel/rim itself. You should be able totap it back into place with your hand or a rubber mallet.

As for whether or not it is safe, you and I do not have x-ray vision and cannot see if there is wheel/rim damage under the cover trim. To be sure you would have to remove the cover trim and have the wheel inspected. I would normally be concerned if I saw more obvious problems (like tire damage, or if that cover trim was cracked or broken).

If it were me I would keep on driving and not worry too much (unless it's a front wheel, then I would at least get the alignment checked after a curb strike).

  • Thank you! I appreciate your response. Thankfully, it's the back wheel.
    – Tom
    Commented Feb 15, 2019 at 18:21

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