Aftermarket wheels are one of the most common modifications made to vehicles these days and it’s easy to see why. New wheels are a simple way to improve the look of many vehicles, but unfortunately, not all aftermarket wheels are made to the same quality standards.
Motorists in California recently filmed an eighth-generation Chevrolet Suburban as it lost one of its large, aftermarket chrome wheels while driving on the CA-134 East just outside of Los Angeles. It’s not clear if the detachment was caused by a structural failure of the wheel (which look fairly cheap, to be honest), improper installation or some type of suspension failure, but it’s obvious that something went horribly awry. The Suburban driver is just lucky they didn’t lose control of their vehicle and wreck when the wheel detached. Similarly, those in the car with the filmer are lucky the wheel didn’t bounce into their path or hit their windshield.
While we can’t be 100% sure, it appears as though the right rear drum brake is still intact after the wheel detaches, suggesting this was related to a wheel structural failure or improper installation. The rear drum is seen rolling along the pavement as the Suburban lumbers down the street on three wheels toward the end of the 17-second clip.
While we can understand why Chevrolet Suburban owners think their vehicles look better with big, chrome wheels, it’s important to ensure any aftermarket modifications are installed properly and are of decent quality. Chrome wheels may look cool, but having a wrecked car, truck or SUV certainly does not.
See this dangerous mishap for yourself in the video embedded below.