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Old 01-07-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Wife hit wheel, acs and brake light on, thoughts?

Wife hit my left front wheel backing out of the driveway (it's a tight left turn in so my wheel was cranked over and poking out) yesterday. Alignment feels a little off (steering wheel tilting slightly right) and ACS and brake lights are now lit. Car drives ok other than the alignment wiggle. I was planning to get an alignment done anyway as I've got new suspension install to finish this week (Bilstein PSS, thank god I'd only dropped in the rears last week).

Any thoughts on potential damage? Car seems to brake fine and I can't see any damage externally to the components... Damn I wish I'd straightened it out before going in the house the other night but I was running late and it was my sons birthday party. I always straighten out just because I KNEW she'd fn hit it someday if I didn't. Fn chicks... Mind is always somewhere else than the road when driving.

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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Hopefully she bent just the tie rod. Try getting the car aligned.
The ABS and Brake warning lights will be on because the steering angle sensor is now out of adjustment since the car tracks "straight" at a different steering angle now. That should also be resolved with the alignment.

Of course if it doesn't align, the shop will hopefully be able to tell you what's wrong, e.g. out of adjustment room on the tie rod since it's bent, so replace it.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:08 PM   #3
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What he said.

Likely some part of the suspension or steering is damaged.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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Ok I guess it makes sense to go ahead and drop in the other Bilsteins and then go as not to have to go twice.

She'll be paying for this for a long long time...
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my advice would be to teach your wife how to drive.






kidding, of course.
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Lulz appreciate the levity. Truthfully I think she's a pretty good driver, probably safer than myself, certainly an insurance co would think so looking at number of accidents or tickets by comparison over the years. The problem is that she's now driving a fairly large vehicle with non optimal sight lines (Pathfinder) with three loud distracting children onboard, and inevitably late or under pressure to get somewhere and as such...

...concentration is not 100%. Ill take some of the credit as my wheel didnt need to be cranked over so far and he couldn't have seen or expected it, but, she didnt have to be that close either.

Trying to assess options to parlay bent tie rod into supercharger without her coming to hate my car even more than currently.
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Good luck with that. I'm sure you'll come up with some brilliant reason why it has to be done.
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Keep this one in your pocket OP.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:02 AM   #10
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Ha yeah wish I could afraid if you add it all up scales still tilt far in her direction so better to make a move short term...
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