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I was hit about two weeks ago in the front driver-side fender. My car drives but pulls to the right and i'm sure the alignment is out. The top of the wheel is bent in as well. The wheel itself isnt bent, but something behind the rotors/ calibers definatly is. What could it be?



This picture kind of shows whats going on. The picture of the shock or strut tower has a blue mark where the wheel rubs when I hit bumps. Compared to the other wheel on the pass. side, the tire is significantly closer to the tower.
The picture of the wheel is which way the assembly is bent. The picture of the car is where I got hit.
 

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I'll vote for bent tie-rod or control arm or both. Thanks, I got a laugh out of your drawings :D

If you could get some pictures of the front suspension and tie-rod end we could tell you for sure.
 

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If you have not taken the wheel off and done a visual inspection, do it. I too enjoyed you're "digram"...
 

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That diagram took me hours! :mad:

Yea, I figured it would be something like that. When I take the fender and the bumper off, I'll take some pictures. Thanks for the info.
 

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I really believe that it is the either inner or outer tie rod... not too hard to change... once you take the wheel off you should be able to see that its bent. And I thought the drawings were great, really helpful :D
 

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I have a slightly same problem. My wheel is pushed back about an inch or two on the driverside. I think it is my control arm and strut. Any way to find out for sure or key points to look for? It is really hard to tell where it is bent or what not so any help would be helpfull...
 

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I have a slightly same problem. My wheel is pushed back about an inch or two on the driverside. I think it is my control arm and strut. Any way to find out for sure or key points to look for? It is really hard to tell where it is bent or what not so any help would be helpfull...
That is normal on a 96+. Do a search for mis-matching caster.

- Jtoby
 

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jtmcinder said:
That is normal on a 96+. Do a search for mis-matching caster.

- Jtoby
Normal? I know something happened though because the body underneath around that part of the car is bent upward a little like they hit a curb. I am replacing the strut and spring with coilovers and a new strut. I think I should replace the control arm but it is so hard to see what is actually bent. It makes a poping noise some times when I start moving and pulls to the right pretty bad. Any suggestions?
 

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but isn't that the part that was on recall? I will have to go to the dealer? Man all they do is rip people off so they will most likely tell me my car wasnt part of the recall even if it was then tell me how much it would cost to replace which will be an arm and a leg. Thanks for your help though!
 

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go in and get all your recalls done.
It's 100 % free. they just might try to rape you afterwards with other things you might need fixed.
 

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I would just call the dealer and see if it hasn't been done already,most of them already have.good luck with it.If they see Impact on your car their definatly gonna blame it on that.
 

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so if my control arm is bent and who knows what else they wont do it for free and say it was due to a accident. But then couldn't the accident be caused by a faulty control arm? O well I will just have to try my luck.
 

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yeah,you could try it,good luck with satan
 

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I was just pricing out that curved lower control arm for a 95 tsi, it was 275$(can) retail from the dealer. I get for 231$(can). But thats still a huge chunk of change. No where else here in town carries it that i could find.
 

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I was just pricing out that curved lower control arm for a 95 tsi, it was 275$(can) retail from the dealer. I get for 231$(can). But thats still a huge chunk of change. No where else here in town carries it that i could find.
See if any of the vendors have anything, mabe in allighnement hardware, Do you guys not have any junk or salvage yards in canada? Call up a salvage yard they could arlready have all of these parts pulled and stored for situations like this. I would also check your A-Arm, same thing happened to me except I slid out of control around a nasty turn in the snow and cracked my shit up, ended up being the A-arm and all those other things. But make sure the A- Arm has a good ball joint. I was so lucky to buy an A-arm with a bad ball joint, then another with a bad ball joint until I finally just took the car to a mechanic to have them press out the ball joint and replace it with a new joint.
 
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