This is more or a less a general car question rather than strictly mk3 related.
Recently curbed my front passenger-side wheel and tore the valve stem. Got up the next morning, tire was just about completely flat. Survived throwing my spare on using the windowmaker (scary as sh*t), drove down to the tire shop, they threw a new valve stem in, checked for leaks, balanced it, and threw it back on my car (was surprised to see the tech use a torque wrench on the lug bolts).
Hopped on the highway, noticed a new noise around 30+ mph. It doesn't exactly sound like a wheel bearing to me (I'm only used to hearing extremely bad ones that just grind and are loud as sh*t). It's more of a low, droning noise. There are no new vibrations, steering hasn't been affected. I did replace both rear wheel bearings about 1500 miles ago, so I can't imagine it's them. I'd think if they had problems it would have crept up long before now. I followed the DIYs to a tee.
When I bought this car the PO had recently replaced the front tires since the camber was WAY off. I replaced the blown strut with an OEM one, new strut bushings, fixed the camber the best I could. I never did get an alignment like I should have, mainly because I've been waiting to refresh the front suspension if something else should crap out. Long story short, this car was in an accident a few months ago and afterwards I discovered a lot more rust than I initially thought, so basically this girl's being driven into the ground.
Obviously I want to make the thing as safe as possible but I don't want to invest a sh*tload of coin since this is a DD/beater. Any insight vortex?