A Loud Bang and a Breakdown

The Puzzler

RAY: This was from my 'forces of nature' series and it was sent to me by a fellow named Laysheck Pavlovitch.

He writes:

One day last week I left home at the usual time, and began to drive to work. I navigated the side streets without incident and eventually reached the on-ramp of the Interstate. Within about five minutes of leaving my driveway, I was in the flow of traffic doing 75 miles per hour.

All of a sudden I heard this terribly loud bang and I knew at once that my car was undriveable and, as quickly as I could, I pulled off into the breakdown lane. After checking to make sure that I didn't need to go home and change my pants, I looked over my car to figure out what had happened. Within about two minutes I had the car in driveable condition, but I didn't dare go over 40 miles per hour.

At the next exit I got off the highway and drove the back roads to a friend's repair shop. He looked it over, made some notes, and quoted me $2,500 to fix it. The entire quote was for body work. There were no engine or electrical or tire or transmission or other drivetrain problems with the car. But here's the interesting part, my car did not hit anything. It didn't hit another car, or an obstacle in the road, or a pothole. No parts fell off. Moreover my car was not hit by anything. So, the question is, what happened?

Think you know? Drop Ray a note!

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