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Old 11-22-2008, 01:47 AM
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Hey people my 92 si was backed into on the front driverside recently by another car. Since then I have been steadily repairing the damage but I'm not sure about the driverside front wheel. While driving it pulls hard to the left side of the road and if I hit a bump on the road with the passenger side it wants pull back and forth from the left to right. First off i had to replace the coil spring that snapped off about three rings and i thought that would fix the problem. It seemed a little better at first but it still pulls significantly to the left. And looking at the wheel while it is parked it looks like it is about 2-2.5 inches further to the back (towards the trunk not the motor) in the fender well. I haven't had the chance to have the alignment checked yet but it looks to me like something more serious. I thought maybe the arms or radius rod or something?
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Re: Bad alignment? Or something else?

Post up a pic. Sounds like something is definitely bent but we could really tell you without seeing it. Your best bet is to take it to a shop.
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Re: Bad alignment? Or something else?

ye it can be a bent lower arm, or when the lude got hit the lower arm might have damaged the frame.
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Re: Bad alignment? Or something else?

Radius rod, control arms, that's all I can think of.
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Re: Bad alignment? Or something else?

dont be so quick to recommend suspension parts. like djsergeslik said get the frame checked. it sounds like an alignment issue. there is a caster issue but it isnt adjustable that far. there is frame damage.
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dont be so quick to recommend suspension parts. like djsergeslik said get the frame checked. it sounds like an alignment issue. there is a caster issue but it isnt adjustable that far. there is frame damage.
the caster isnt adjustable at all (from factory) so if your caster is off you know you fVcked something up
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the caster isnt adjustable at all (from factory) so if your caster is off you know you fVcked something up
sorry to correct you but it is. very minimal adjustment via a strut rod that runs through the lower radiator support. ive spent countless hours under my car trying to align it for auto cross and im very familiar with the adjustments.

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sorry to correct you but it is. very minimal adjustment via a strut rod that runs through the lower radiator support. ive spent countless hours under my car trying to align it for auto cross and im very familiar with the adjustments.

nice try though
yea by putting shims in them. i dont consider it a factory adjustment when you have to put in a foreign object to make the adjustment.
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Re: Bad alignment? Or something else?

you do not have to put shims anywhere in a prelude. there is a strut rod that runs through the sub frame that you can either loosen or tighten to raise or lower caster. like i said it is a very minimal adjustment. if you still wish to argue with me then go to an alignment machine, pull up the illustrate adjustments menu and cycle through until you see caster. then you can come back and say you were right. hell if you cant do that, then you can wait until next monday when i go back to work and i will print it off of my alignment rack and scan it in and post it so i can stop the ignorant argument.

dont be so quick to correct people on things that you do not know about.
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you do not have to put shims anywhere in a prelude. there is a strut rod that runs through the sub frame that you can either loosen or tighten to raise or lower caster. like i said it is a very minimal adjustment. if you still wish to argue with me then go to an alignment machine, pull up the illustrate adjustments menu and cycle through until you see caster. then you can come back and say you were right. hell if you cant do that, then you can wait until next monday when i go back to work and i will print it off of my alignment rack and scan it in and post it so i can stop the ignorant argument.

dont be so quick to correct people on things that you do not know about.
dont get your panties in a bunch, i believe you. in the service manual it says to shim it. page 18-5. but like i said i believe you, esp since your a professional and im sure there is more than one way to do it

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Re: Bad alignment? Or something else?

I see. Thanks for all the input everyone. I hope it isn't the frame but it might seem that way. From what i can tell the caster seems to be pretty even. No uneven tire wear or anything like that. I guess i will just have to go and get it checked out.
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Re: Bad alignment? Or something else?

caster is the angle at which the lower ball joint sets from the strut. unfortunately it does not wear tires. the only way to see if caster is off is if it is visibly screwed up to the point that the whole tire is rubbing the back of the wheel well or to put it on an alignment rack and measure it.
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