Originally posted by Corn-Picker
How compliant are struts?
Here's the problem, the drivers side wheel is pushed back (from the front of the car) a little more than an inch than the passenger side wheel. The control arm is definitely the main culprit as far as I can tell. Will I need to replace the strut too, or is it compliant enough that when the new control arm is in place it will go back to its initial location?
I looked at the strut tops under the hood, and nothing looks bent there (I've seen horror pictures from rally where the strut tops get messed up).
Struts have a fair amount of compliance at the top hat. If you were to undo the strut from the knuckle, you would be able to move the strut around more than an inch. If the strut isn't bent, it'll go back to where it should be.