Absolutely ok to drive that way. It will put a little extra sideways stress on the wheel bearings, but no more than constantly turning a corner.
You might consider checking for some used wheels at a salvage yard rather than buying new ones. Ask if you can see them being spun on a wheel balancer. Any wobble will be easier to see without the tire installed, but even with the tire, you don't want to see a lot of wobble, either sideways or up and down.
Happy to hear that's all it was. Some older-style tire machines were strong enough to bend small car wheels if the tool got hooked on the wheel instead of the tire bead. Most shops have a newer type of tire changer now that won't bend wheels.
Sunday, June 20th, 2010 AT 12:44 AM