My wife's 93 wagon got hit slightly in the front passenger side just in
front and across the front tire. It bent the inner tie rod end, then it
drove for awhile then broke. i replaced it. the wheel is canted slightly
in at the top (negative camber). It does not appear the strut tower got
bent. The strut adjustment is fixed, unless i drill out the welds at
the top of the strut tower. What are the chances that during this hit,
the strut cartridge itself bent, and is adding to the negative camber on
this wheel? It does not look bent, the tire is leaning 2/4 degrees
aprox. I am just patching this car until i get another one, so i don't
want to put big money in it. I do have another set of used struts if
a bent strut is the cause
As a sidebar, the inner tie rod end was a bitch to change. I rented
a tool at O'Reilies. The dam screw that locks the tool down to the tie
rod will only turn 2/3 the way until it hits the motor mount when
removing. What a pain.
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| My wife's 93 wagon got hit slightly in the front passenger side just in
| front and across the front tire.
You probably already realize this, being the one maintaining this
That car was bent coming from the factory!
What state are you in?
In Oregon, by law ALL car insurance policies must carry uninsured
motorist coverage. Which pays out in the event of a hit and run,
or in the event that the person who hit you didn't have insurance, or
his insurance company was a scam, etc. And auto insurance is
mandatory in this state.
If you haven't checked with your insurance agent and are just
making assumptions it could be pretty expensive.
It's only unalignable if you have loose spindles or bearings or
rod ends or some such. Because whatever alignment you set
will just go right out again when stuff shifts. Otherwise it is
alignable, insofar that it will take an alignment of some kind.
It may not, though, be able to go back into the manufacturers
I think you should align it with a tape measure and masking tape on
a flat surface somewhere. Then after that, watch the tire wear patterns
on the front tires very closely. And make sure that you test drive it
on a wet surface to see if it is really unexpected and unsafe handling.
It's probably no worse out of alignment than half of the cars on the
My experience is that it is very rare with a 15 year old car that it's
worth paying for someone to repair it after it's been in a collision. If
can pry, bend, hammer, jack, wedge or whatever the vehicle back into
some semblance of order, then drive it until the engine blows up. But,
now the used market is flooded with cars so you can get a replacement cheap.
So, drive it until there's major engine trouble then haul it to the
It really doesen't matter if it pulls to the right a bit. What matters is
whatever it causing that is wearing out your tires.
I am far, far more concerned with the quality of driver in those cars
than the cars themselves. A good driver can handle most car problems
that would be dangerous, ie: blowouts, loss of steering, loss of brakes,
etc. by not panicing and knowing what to do. A bad driver can't even
handle the machine when it is in properly running condition.
It is an extremely small minority of accidents that are directly
to vehicle failure, and of those that are confirmed to be, the majority
have not happened if the driver wasn't being stupid.
The vast majority are caused by drivers who are stupid and/or ignorant.
For example, guy falls asleep and drives off the road - that's ignorance.
Too ignorant to have learned that driving while overtired is dangerous.
For example, guy gets drunk and crashes his car, that's stupidity, as
in guy does not have enough brain cells to take precautions before
going drinking, or even to just get into his car, and lay down on the
seat and go to sleep for a couple hours. For example, girl has a
blowout and immediately slams on the brakes - that's ignorance.
For example, guy speeds and goes around a corner too fast and
rolls it - that's both stupidity and ignorance.
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