Most of my very short career was spent reinventing the wheel (alright, I'm cheating, I've been doing that for longer).
And that kicks ass, because today I'm among the best wheel inventors and builders, and I never have to drive a car with octogonal wheels.
So while you spend your time fixing your car due to shock damage, I'm just driving, and driving, and driving.
In other words, don't be so afraid to check the wheel, figure out that it's broken, and fix it. On the long run (that is, as short as my career), it's worth it.