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My car hit a curb pretty hard this morning that it knocked the driving wheel of the center. It's not straight anymore when I drive straight. Any idea what might be damaged? Am I looking at a really expensive repair?

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Thanks for the quick reply. I knew I would need wheel alignment done. How likely would the rim be bent or other parts bent?
 

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I've unfortunately curbed my TSX twice in the past and promptly got it aligned. You should be fine but regardless an alignment is needed.
 

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Thanks!

The steering wheel does shake a little bit above 60mph. I did drive 200 miles afterwards to come home and get it checked. I sent it to a local shop, below are things that need to be replaced and their quote (parts+labor):

RF wheel (bent): $200 to get a refurbished one
RF lower control arm (bent): $450
front struts (RF one is leaking, but recommended to have both front struts replaced: $550.
alignment: $90

I heard the wheel could be straightened out for ~$100. Is that a good idea or I better off getting a refurbished one?

I did a quick scan of the suspension DIY link in your post. How long do you think it would take to replace the control arm for someone like me who have never done any suspension work? I replaced the brake rotors and pads before.

If your steering wheel isn't shaky at speed, then most likely its not bent. The alignment will determine whether you cause any damage to the suspension. So get that done first, then post your results here.
 

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a good few hours:/ maybe most of a day. you got a buddy that knows more about cars? that would help push things along. A control arm is pretty important lol so its not something you wanna mess up, if your not totally comfortable doing it. find someone to help that has more experience
 

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i hit a curb and i replaced my lower control arm, inner and outer tie rods, and the frame mount all cost me about $299 from the dealer for parts then $70 for alighnment and i did the replacement myself otherwise could of got the work done for $300 so about $700 - $1000 sounds fair or your getting ripped
 

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I slid into a curb today

My steering wheel is pulled pretty badly to the left and there is a lot of shaking while going straight and loud metal on metal rubbing when I make turns. I'm pretty certain some suspension parts will need to be replaced. What is a frame mount? Is it the piece the front strut slides down into? - part 11/12 here? or is it the strut hat that attaches the strut to the body up in the hood?

I gather that if the car is drivable (it is), I should take it to an alignment shop and let them assess the situation. Or should I just go to a collision shop?

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Well I may have lucked out.

I put my car on stands today to try to assess the damage. The two driver's side wheels are toast but the tires are okay so I just ordered new rims. The grinding sound was just a bent rotor shield. The steering wheel is still pulled slightly to the left so I have an alignment scheduled for Tuesday. One uncertain issue is some fresh AT fluid on the PASSENGER side output shaft (the side away from the impact). I've known for a while my transmission case gasket has a slight leak but I wonder if the impact worsened it.

Overall though if there is no frame damage or need for new suspension components, I'm pretty happy.
 

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That sucks man. A week before I bought my TSX I was being an idiot in my Eclipse(traded it in for my TSX :D) and bent the front right control arm so bad the wheel was rubbing my fender. Had to put the spare on to drive home. Apparently the linkage got messed up too. LOL never doing that again. $400 for new OEM control arm, linkage and alignment. I know a guy :p Got my new TSX a week later and left that car in the past.
 

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I put my car on stands today to try to assess the damage. The two driver's side wheels are toast but the tires are okay so I just ordered new rims.
I think it is dangerous to use these damaged tires again, the steelt belt inside could be damaged an rust could occure even inside the rubber.




I've known for a while my transmission case gasket has a slight leak but I wonder if the impact worsened it.
Does the AT has its own dipstick to check the fluid level?
 

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I think it is dangerous to use these damaged tires again, the steelt belt inside could be damaged an rust could occure even inside the rubber.






Does the AT has its own dipstick to check the fluid level?
That tire clearly has a damaged sidewall and needs to be replaced. In my case, the wheel took the brunt of the hit and the tire is fine aside from some abrasions. I actually slid sideways into the curb so there was much less stress on the tire sidewall than if I ran over it at a perpendicular approach. ATF level is fine and there are no drips on my driveway.
 

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So the alignment shop was unable to straighten out my car. Control arms are bent. I had them give me a necessary parts list for repair and it includes upper and lower control arms and ball joints. They also want ot repalce my bearing and wheel hub. Not so sure if this is necessary since the car is rolling fine. Even though they didn't list it, I'm going to get new tie rod links as well. The strut is apparently fine. Any one had experience with bearing damage after a curbing event and what would the symptoms be?
 

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Fun and done

I essentially replaced my entire front suspension except for the strut. All new upper and lower control arms, ball joints, bearing, front knuckle, strut fork, hub, wheel sensor, tie rods, and rotor shield, along with new nuts, bolts and clips for all connections. Also mounted my old snow tires on new Sport Edition alloy rims. I did it all in my driveway yesterday morning. Had as much fun as my kids assembling their Christmas LEGO sets.

I managed to seat the bearings and hub assembly with a four pound sledgehammer. After that the entire re-assembly took about two hours. I actually think my shadetree alignment job is pretty decent. The car now tracks absolutely straight down the highway. I might drive it awhile before taking it back to the alignment shop to confirm. All in about an $1100 mishap.
 
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