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Old 05-16-2007, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hit curb...damage I think, what to look for?

Ok...stupid me smacked a curb pretty good on friday night at about 20-25mph. Completely busted a wheel, cracked my caliper, and I'm afraid something else. When I drive it I get a vibration/rubbing noise that is persistant in pace as the wheel spins. Faster the wheel spins, faster the rubbing noise gets. I ordered a caliper and I'm in the process of finding a stock rim. What else should I be looking at with these symptoms? The steering wheel is a little cocked to the right(it was before hand due to bad alignment) but I think it's a little worse now. Bent tie rod? I don't think I bent/cracked any axles...cv joints? Any tips would help. Thanks guys.
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Old 05-16-2007, 11:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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at the least your looking at a bent tie rod end(possibly the whole part going into the steering rack. thats usualy removeable so steering rack should be fine. )

Worst case, bent control arm and frame damage.

the way you describe it its probably the tierod end. those are easy to replace.
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Tie rod end looks good so I either knocked it WAY out of alignment, bent the inner tie rod, or god forbid the rack and pinion. Just replaced my broken caliper bracket and rotor...still gettin the "chu chu chu" as the wheel spins when driving(smooth when rotating by hand on jack). I'm beginning to think I damaged the wheel bearing? If that's the case should I replace the whole assembly as I'm sure the knuckle/hub is damaged inside if the bearing is cracked or anything?
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Sounds like a hub bearing. I'd go ahead and get the bearing and spindle. The spindle is pretty cheap beleive it or not.
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Old 05-20-2007, 01:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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lower control arm bushings don't like any hard inpact very much they like to rip when stressed hard.
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bump bc i did the same thing. my steering wheel is cocked to the left and i obv know my alignment is off but when i break or pull the e-brake when i park it, i sometimes hear weird creaking coming from the wheel that got hit. I was wondering where to check for frame damage because i hit it pretty hard D:
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also hit a curb in my DD neon....bent the control arm pretty good but everything else was fine....i bought tie rod ends just in case which i will be putting on also when it gets warmer out, it also makes a slight vibration/humming noise which is most likely the wheel bearing so ill get to that in the spring also........check to see if ur wheel in centered in the wheel well....if not u def need to inpspect the control arm and replace if damaged.
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tie rod, hub, bearing caliper, rotor, caliper bracket. any and all could cause problems and most may need replacing if you hit hard enough to bend the other stuff.
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