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Old 03-29-2004, 10:20 AM   #21
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Originally posted by esteve
A bent control arm will definitely throw off the toe causing a crooked steering wheel, and judging by the way the swaybar link sits your control arm is bent.

I've seen many bent forged aluminum control arms. As strong as they are, they'll lose the battle against a curb every time.

I would get under the car and look over the rack. Check the mounting brackets, sometimes they get bent from the impact. Since it feels ok from lock to lock, it's probably fine.

Hopefully your rear is ok. It hopped over the curb too right?
Yeah, the rear hopped over the curb too. From what I can tell looking at the rear underneath, everything looks straight, whether or not is is straight will only be told by an alignment of course, but it looks OK.

I'll be sure to check the shop manuals (best download from google ever) and see what bolts are associated with the steering rack, and give them a good look over when I change the control arm this Friday.

After changing the control arm I'll take a bunch of measurements against the other side of the car and see if they agree. Hopefully everything is and I can start the pain of paying off my credit card...
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