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Old 03-08-2008, 05:25 PM   #1
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Exclamation Hit a curb....now what?

Coming home yesterday I caught a patch of ice as I was turning a corner and my right rear wheel grabbed the curb pretty hard then the tire went flat within a minute. Go to grab a new tire today since the gash in the old tire was too bad to be repaired, mounted it only to find it sits very very very slightly at an angle. The top of the wheel points out just ever so slightly. Drove it around for a while, no wobble, no pulling to one side, nothing along those lines. My question is would a simple alignment take care of this or is there something I should be looking to see if its bent? Im going on a trip next week and would like to get this taken care of ASAP



I should add that it looks like the camber is positive a little so Im thinking I just knocked it out of alignment and dont really notice it because it is barely out and it is the rear wheel vs the front. I would assume that since the wheel did balance fine the chances of having had enough force to bend any components would have been minimal. Looks like Ill probably be getting an alignment in the next day or two.
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Old 03-08-2008, 05:49 PM   #2
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if it is visibly angled, you bent suspension parts and an alignment isn't going to help.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:56 PM   #3
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It is angled but not to the point where only 20% of the tread i touching the ground I would say the only way it is even noticeable that it is out of alignment is from about 20 feet back, the wheel leans about maybe 1 or 2 degree to the outside.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:54 PM   #4
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Probably a bent control arm, or maybe even two. Don't try to fix a gunshot wound with a Bandaid. There are many used suspension parts posted in the appropriate forum, it won't cost too much to fix it right. But hey, it's your car.
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:06 AM   #5
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Try to bend it out by hitting a curb the other direction.

Nah, I've been in your situation before and I ended up replacing suspension parts that looked "okay" by the naked eye when really they were not okay. Ended up being the knuckle and the strut, so that was my excuse to upgrade to STi struts/springs
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Old 03-09-2008, 02:33 PM   #6
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Well I guess Ill be taking a better look at it today then...hopefully it wont be too bad.
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Old 03-10-2008, 11:15 PM   #7
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Well after having a good look, and letting this subbie tech I know look at it, and taking off a few pieces for closer inspection I didnt bend anything, it was just horribly out of alignment. Got an alignment and everything is back to normal, its nice when things work out for the cheaper sometimes
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:06 AM   #8
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I'm in a similar situation where I caught my RR wheel on a curb while sliding across an off-camber left hander. My wheel lip was bent and the rear end was very squirlly after that. Although I didn't see any support arm bends or anything obvious, an alignment shop told me my strut was bent. Long story short, I've just finished up my new D-spec strut install and can see an obvious thrust angle issue on the RR. (toed out causing a battle between my rear tires) Could that be my lateral links even though they are not obviously bent?

Note: Where is the best place to get a thorough evaluation? Body shop or my local independent Suby shop where they can do alignments?
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:28 PM   #9
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Check your strut as well to see if there is any damage there.
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