I think I would put the spare on the back, leave the good wheel up front, and first chance you get, take the wheel back to Walmart and ask them to just spin it by hand on their balancer to see if the wheel is bent. If it is, you should be noticing the seat wobbling back and forth when you drive at slow speeds. It is possible for older tire changers to bend steel wheels, but most shops use "rim clamp" tire changers now to prevent scratching the wheels. They won't bend wheels.
Did your wife hit something that bent the wheel and caused the flat tire? Normally they would have seen the wheel was bent when they balanced it and it would have called for an unusually high amount of weight, but there is a protective cover that lowers over the wheel in case rocks fly off the tire. That cover hides the wheel unless they know of a reason they need to get down there and look at it.
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 10:57 PM