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Old 10-25-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Positive Camber on Rear after sideways impact

Ok last year we had one of our extremely rare snow days (happens about every 3-5 years) and like an idiot I let my boss talk me into going into work (won't ever do that again).

Anyway long story short while pulling out of my neighborhood I hit black ice and the car went sideways into a curb. the speed wasn't that high and when I first looked at it everything seemed fine other than a little rash on the rims. Drove to work noticed it was extremely squirrelly but wrote that off onto the road conditions until I got off and drove home on dry roads when I figured out that something was very very wrong.

Well the rims on the passenger side were certainly bent and the alignment jacked, so I switched to my truck while I hunted down some new rims. I replaced the rims but then summer came around and since the AC on my Saabaru was out and I haven't had the money to fix it (thanks in part to stuff like having to buy new wheels) I swtiched to my truck until a couple weeks ago when the temperatures finally dropped into the 80s and I could stand driving my 92x again.

Last night I noticed that I was showing thread on my front tires so I took it into my friendly neighborhood NTB and had them replace the tires and do an alignment on it.

I had at first thought I was gtg when they didn't come out at some point and tell me about some stupidly expensive part but at then end of the night when they were handing it over to me they pointed out the problem with the alignment.

Turns out I've got 1.4 degrees of positive Camber and according to the technician there wasn't a camber adjustment available.

Anyway long story short I'm trying to get an idea of what parts I might be looking at being busted/bent to cause this problem.

From my reading it looks like the most likely suspects would be the trailing arm and or the lateral links.

I'm having some issues figuring out how all this fits together, I think it looks like both the laterals and the trailing arm connect at the bottom of the spindle so the bend could be on either of them? But I'm concerned I'm missing something in this.

I looked through the other threads but it looks like most of these are started with people who had too much neg camber, also it doesn't sound like camber bolts would have anywhere near enough adjustment in them to pull the car into spec.

So idea's? advice?
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:45 PM   #2
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I didn't read your giant post but

Sliding + hit something = bent something
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:47 PM   #3
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Yes, the lateral arms and knuckle are most likely bent like a noodle. Possibly the strut too. Same thing happened to my 02 WRX - a low speed slide in the snow into a curb. Don't try to reuse the wheel bearings either. They are already "shocked" and their days are numbered.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #4
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I assume you have fixed this by now, but I found that my rear housing/knuckle was bent.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:11 AM   #5
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Great posts above, and just to add another note. I also had a very very low speed impact on the front wheel. I could never get the alignment right, replaced just about everything up front, and as a last resort I ordered a new subframe, and it turns out the old one was bent ever so slightly. But I would first look at the lateral links and trailing arms, and generally just laying under the car and looking straight at them, you can usually tell if one side is bent compared to the other.

Hope this helps.
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