I went on a road trip of about 870 miles. I hit a speed bump at night because I couldn't see it due to absence of road lights. I applied brakes aggressively as soon as I saw the speed bump and I think the vehicle speed was about 25 mph when it hit the bump.

After the incident, the front tires of the vehicle started bouncing (minor bounce, not severe) between speed range of 40 mph - 47 mph. The bounce goes away after this speed range.

I will be traveling back after couple of weeks but I am worried whether this is a serious issue or not. I am in a remote area right now and I am thinking whether to get the vehicle checked by a mechanic on my way back in some city.

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    Get it checked. I have hit a speed bump at 40+mph... no damage and, for once, the suspension moved on my Landrover...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jul 10, 2020 at 8:50
  • @SolarMike I bet you didn’t know it could move... Commented Jul 11, 2020 at 14:47

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Hitting a bump at speed can cause several problems:

  • Tire or wheel damage: generally this requires a replacement tire or wheel
  • Suspension damage: a suspension member could have been bent or damaged by the impact
  • Alignment problems: this isn't damage, just needs a re-alignment
  • Lost wheel balancing weights: this is easily fixed by getting the wheels re-balanced

There's no way to be sure which it is without taking it to a mechanic. The first 2 are potentially dangerous, you don't want a tire disintegrating on you or a ball joint failing at speed. Alignment problems aren't generally hazardous unless they are really bad, but they can lead to tires being prematurely worn. A tire out of balance you can live with, but do you really want to drive 870 miles with an annoying vibration?

You have to get it fixed either where you are or when you get back, getting it fixed now is the safest and most sensible option.

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    Thanks for the answer. I will get it checked then before starting the return trip.
    – ifadey
    Commented Jul 10, 2020 at 12:46
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    If you're out of time and have to drive on, simply keep your speed below that where the vibration starts. Avoid trying to push-through to get beyond the vibration zone. This may mean a slower trip back, so take a scenic route not a highway/motorway. And console yourself that 40 mph in top gear is using less fuel than 50 mph in the same gear for the same distance.
    – Criggie
    Commented Jul 10, 2020 at 23:31
  • I'm guessing that a lost wheel weight is the most likely cause. But it would be wise to inspect the wheels for any obvious signs of damage.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 11, 2020 at 1:32
  • 870 miles at 35mph is going to take a looong time @Criggie.
    – GdD
    Commented Jul 11, 2020 at 7:23
  • @GdD true - still beats walking :)
    – Criggie
    Commented Jul 11, 2020 at 11:55

You should probably check your tires as it is one of the reasons why you feel a vibration when driving your car.

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