Originally posted by Corn-Picker
[b]How can I tell if my strut is bent?
My strut wasn't visibility bent, but the alignment check revealed that the camber of the right rear assembly was slightly out of spec (with the strut suspected of causing this).
What are you refering to when you say "right side lower cradle?"
Ah, a question that reveals how much of a newbie I still am -- not really sure. I remember the folks at the dealership mentioning it was a part that connected to the frame, but couldn't tell you for sure anything more.
As for the amount of force needed to bend the control arm, I know in my case the control arm took most of the impact of the entire car and bent so much that my r/f tire was in physical contact with the top of wheel housing.
Once the parts were replaced (and the pain in my wallet receeded) the car ran/handled great and I have not experienced any post-curb problems.