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Old 02-15-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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So I hit a curb this past weekend driving in the snow. It didn't feel like I was going that fast but it was enough to shake me in my seat. I hit the curb with the rear drivers side wheel and there is now a little bit of positive camber from hitting the curb. I just got the strut replaced but something is still bent. Anybody have any ideas of what the problem could still be or what I should get checked out next to get fixed? I would greatly appreciate any help.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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lateral links or trailing arms.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:40 PM   #3
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Take it to an alignment shop, since you need one performed after replacing the strut.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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Take it to an alignment shop, since you need one performed after replacing the strut.
you'll def need an alignment done but before u get one replace the knuckle. yes it looks like solid unbendable steel but 90% of the time curbs are involved these bend enough to cause alignment issues. also check the trailing arm and lateral links
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:54 AM   #5
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There are only five pieces in the rear suspension.

1 & 2: There are two lateral links - the horizontal bars that go from the chassis to the wheel. Probably bent.

3: The trailing arm. This goes forward from the wheel to the chassis (along the car). Unlikely to be bent.

4: The strut. Spring, shock, you know. Unlikely to be bent.

5: The knuckle. What the wheel actually bolts to. Probably bent.


When you hit a curb you almost always bend both the lateral links and the knuckle. The knuckle will not look bent unless you compare it to another one side-by-side.

I would be surprised if your strut had been bent. That would be unusual. Replacing it may have been unnecessary.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:19 AM   #6
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so what were ur final damages done to the car cuz thesame thing happed to me
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:23 PM   #7
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Bringing this thread back from the dead.. so far the tie rods have been replaced in the front, and the strut, lateral links and trailing arms have been replaced in the rear. The wheel is still bent in the back and the guy from the shop who installed my lateral links and trailing arms said the car may just need an alignment really bad. Could it be possible that I just need an alignment now, or does it sound like I most likely need to replace the knuckle as well.
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If the lateral links are replaced with new, or known good ones then the wheel should not look "bent".
The knuckle may still be the culprit. Unless you bent or shifted the subframe.
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:03 PM   #9
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If the lateral links are replaced with new, or known good ones then the wheel should not look "bent".
The knuckle may still be the culprit. Unless you bent or shifted the subframe.
The subframe is what I've been afraid of. Could it be possible that it may just need an alignment?
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Def need to get an alignment to first see if anything is pushed in that would be the first thing I do.
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bringing this back once again... since I have had lateral links and trailing arms replaced as well as an alignment. However there is still positive camber on the rear drivers side. I was told by the person who installed my lateral links that they can be adjusted to fix the camber, but when i had the alignment done the camber wasn't fixed. Could it be possible that the person doing the alignment didn't know how to properly adjust the lateral links, or could it be possible the knuckle is still the culprit? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
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Yes it could be the knuckle.

It could also be the crossmember.

Is the other side messed up too? Does it have too much negative camber? If so, the crossmember may be pushed and just needs to be realigned, or replaced.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:56 PM   #13
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Yes it could be the knuckle.

It could also be the crossmember.

Is the other side messed up too? Does it have too much negative camber? If so, the crossmember may be pushed and just needs to be realigned, or replaced.
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I doubt its crossmember. What type of lateral links did you get since you said there adjustable.
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I think it's the knuckle myself.

I just would not rule out the crossmember.
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The OP hit the curb in February. He probably figured it out by now.
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The OP hit the curb in February. He probably figured it out by now.
11th post, the OP bumped the thread with new info. Today.
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11th post, the OP bumped the thread with new info. Today.
Harumph... I need more coffee...


Op, he's probably right about the crossmember(subframe.) It's supported by bushings that allow side to side play. Are you seeing negative camber (or can get more negative camber than normal) on the passenger side? This would indicate the subframe had shifted.

You can also get under the car and find two empty bolt holes on either side of the differential. These holes are the same holes you could install lockdown bolts into. Check them to see if they align with the holes in the body. If not, subframe shifted.
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