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Old 01-06-2008, 10:52 AM   #1
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Default The OFFICIAL "I hit something while driving in snow and something broke" thread

had a small crash in the snow. smacked the passenger wheel againt a curb. Didn't hit very hard, but...
bent the a arm, gat a new one on the way. the question.
on the steering rack. the male portion that threads into the tie rod end (female on the knuckle) fairly small dia rod. Iits bent. is this a replacable piece? or do i need anew rack?
i'll try to post a pic. dave

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Old 01-06-2008, 10:53 AM   #2
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Inner tie rod. It's replaceble.
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:58 AM   #3
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wow, that was fast! thanks! I also ordered new poly bushings. anything else i should replace while its apart?
is the inner tie rod end a dealership only part?
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Old 01-06-2008, 11:29 AM   #4
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I got and installed one from Napa because I was impatient. Then the one, I ordered from Subaru showed up. The subaru one was far superior to the Napa one. I'd get a real subaru part. I've haven't taken the Napa one off yet so, I guess I have a spare.
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:50 PM   #5
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gonna put springs on the car while its down. What else should i replace? other bushings? Pretty new to Subi's so let me know. dave
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Old 01-06-2008, 07:43 PM   #6
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Default The OFFICIAL "hit something while driving in snow and want to know what broke" thread

I recently slid into a curb rear passenger side first followed by front going about 15 maybe 20mph while playing in the snow. So I replaced everything that looked bent, trailing arm, and lateral links, wheel and all associated bolts. impact was enough to crack front rotor as well. Well its all back together and the wheel is still sticking out on top a few inches. Is it safe to say that its just the strut?, Or should I track down a knuckle as well?. all body gaps seem fine a subframe looks fine. What else should I look for or measure. Any suggestions are welcome!
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:07 PM   #7
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Default The OFFICIAL "hit something while driving in snow and want to know what broke" thread

This is to merge the various snow accident threads into.
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:10 PM   #8
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:11 PM   #9
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:54 PM   #10
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I once drove my VW Karman Ghia straight over a curb in the snow going about 30. Future wife in the car. Stopped, took a hammer to the steel wheel which had peeled back like a banana then beat it back into shape and drove it for another year. No damage. Of course that car only weighted 2100 lbs.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:22 PM   #11
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Default so i smacked the curb back in thanksgiving...

i smacked the curb back around thanksgiving. had to replace the front passenger side control arm and some other stuff. my mechanic couldn't replace the rear passenger lateral link because of the rusted bolts. he bent it back and my car drives fine right now. got an alignment too but the wheel is still crooked.

he said if i wanted to replace the lateral link i would have to replace the spindle as well because he can't remove the bolt.

here are some pics. wanna see what you guys think and what exactly i would have to replace.





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Old 01-16-2008, 06:38 PM   #12
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Seriously, time to get a new mechanic... Have him use a freaking breaker bar... If he still cant break the bolt, cut the damn bolt off - if its that rusted, you should use a new one anyway...
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:40 PM   #13
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That bolt is a PITA if it's rusty. Cut if off, and knock out the rest with a punch and a BFH.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:55 PM   #14
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:10 PM   #15
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Yes indeedy doodly.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:48 PM   #16
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do you guys see anything else bent or a little off from the pictures? found a lateral link for 40 bucks
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:47 AM   #17
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:34 PM   #18
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Though these cars rip in the snow, I get the feeling that Subaru overlooked that use in the newer cars. My cheap plasic skidplate snow loaded and broke (replaced with alum, makes changing oil messy!) and I have to carry a special stabbin stick to beat the ice out of my wheels. I would have preferred 16" wheels but the 4 pot brakes are a good trade off. I had to go with Nokian WRG2 tires for winter, probably why I am not posting a wreck post. Saved my bacon on many a warp speed Mt Hood ascent.
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:17 PM   #19
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:43 AM   #20
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Hit a curb myself on pass side, Top of wheel stuck out side of fender and even rolled it out a bit. rear knuckle and strut were bent. May have some issues on the front as well.
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:14 PM   #21
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Hey I can add another one to the list for hitting a curb. We had about an inch of snow and ice near my campus and I was going into a turn doing about 5 mph and tires went out and I hit a curb. All the weight of the car went to the wheel and pushed it back a good 2 inches. Just went to the Subaru dealership and got quoted about 2000 in parts. Said I need a new strut, crossmember, links, front bearing, frame assembly tie rods, and axle.
Guess its time to call insurance. I love how my college missed the memo to plow any roads/parking lots on their campus since I wasn't the only one. I would say this price would be the HIGH part of the estimate for you, lol.

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Old 11-20-2008, 12:06 AM   #22
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You can't do that kind of damage at 5MPH. It's just not possible. Dinged rim? Sure. Bent tie rod? Definitely. Bent crossmember, axle, bearing? No way in hell.
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You can't do that kind of damage at 5MPH. It's just not possible. Dinged rim? Sure. Bent tie rod? Definitely. Bent crossmember, axle, bearing? No way in hell.
Hey I think Subaru was just covering themselves because from what me and my uncle looked it looks just like the control arm is messed up and needs replacing. But I was definitely doing that speed just when the traction gave out the only thing that impacted was the front drivers tire so that took the impact.
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:49 AM   #24
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Hey I think Subaru was just covering themselves because from what me and my uncle looked it looks just like the control arm is messed up and needs replacing. But I was definitely doing that speed just when the traction gave out the only thing that impacted was the front drivers tire so that took the impact.
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:01 AM   #25
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Buy a damn STi. I didn't do this in the snow but I drifted a intersection and could not correct it in time and I went over a median up one huge curb through the bark dust, over another bigger curb and into on coming traffic... all it did was bent the **** out of my rota tarmac II wheel (one of them) so I put the BBS's back on and she kept on going. LOL they are built like battle tanks
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