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Accident. Now what?

I hit a Tahoe at about 20 mph dodging a dog in my neighborhood, my car is drive able but I need a new fender and alignment. I took my wheel off today to check on everything and it looks like nothing is broken. It pulls hard right when accelerating and driving above 15 mph. The wheel looks pushed back a bit in the hub. I am taking it in to get alignment tomorrow. Anything in particular I should check on? I don't really have money to throw around, so I really need to know what to expect. Photo included.
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Re: Accident. Now what?

alignment is not going to solve that

you have to check how much the chassis is twisted and what suspension components you need to new
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our cars were almost twins! sorry bout da wreck
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Re: Accident. Now what?

Yeah. hope it is something simple and can be replaced, if the chassis is bent, thats a whole lot of work to fix...
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Re: Accident. Now what?

Arms. Check the arms. Go to prelude parts fs and get with prelude1897 about any parts you need.

For future reference remember...
Prelude vs dog or suburban?....



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Re: Accident. Now what?

That's not cool mike. Also depending on your state, hit and run laws apply to animals too. If the owner caught his dog being a hit and run, you might have bigger problems.
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Re: Accident. Now what?

How can I check my control arms? What would make me have to hold my steering wheel at the 10 o'clock location to go straight?
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Re: Accident. Now what?

And even if I DO go through insurance I'm gonna doubt they'll cover me because my car is lowered quite a bit... And its loud lol
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What would make me have to hold my steering wheel at the 10 o'clock location to go straight?
critical suspension damage and/or bent body
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Re: Accident. Now what?

A good alignment shop will set you straight.

You can jack the car up and compare the driver side to the passenger side.
Use jack stands before pulling off your wheels for a good view.

Insurance will cover damage in an accident if you have the coverage.

Chris, I did not say'keep going' lol... but when my wife totaled her nice van avoiding a deer my first comment was 'deer vs roadside trees?'... dead deer!!!
And of course you stop... afterall the animal might be alive and suffering. Then you do what you gotta do to solve that.
It's not about the damage to your car. It's about which of the two is likely to mame or kill your @$s.
Drivers ed class teaches that... or used to anyway.
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Pretty much got flamed for driving like a jackass and was told to slow down. And I'll be damned, slowing down fixed it.

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And even if I DO go through insurance I'm gonna doubt they'll cover me because my car is lowered quite a bit... And its loud lol
Just because your car is lowered doesn't mean your insurance won't cover the damages..

However, since it was your fault, then, depending on your coverage, either your car gets fixed and your rates go up.. or you might not get any reimbursement..

Worse case scenario, you got frame damage (and more likely other damage,) and well.. they might just total your car...

It sucks to see these threads..

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Re: Accident. Now what?

What if its the control arm? That's what I'm hoping for. where do you think can give me a free inspection
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Re: Accident. Now what?

Something feels loose on my passenger side that's why I think there maybe play in my control arm or ball joint. Other than that it still drives fine! Well other than pulling to one side of course...
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A good alignment shop will set you straight.
exept they cant do it when he has damaged suspension

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What if its the control arm? That's what I'm hoping for.
hit like that usually damages more parts than just one control arm

and dont drive it much. its not safe
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Re: Accident. Now what?

Didn't mean to pun there T.

What I meant was go in for an alignment. They will identify any suspect parts if there are any.

Richard, download a service manual at the diy section and in if memory serves chapter 16 identifies the suspension parts. If it aint 16 it'sone of them in that portion of the book.
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Didn't mean to pun there T.

What I meant was go in for an alignment. They will identify any suspect parts if there are any.
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Re: Accident. Now what?

I think I'm done for boys :( I took it to an alignment shop and the guy first said he can't even get it onto the lift because its so low (I think the real reason was his MOPAR mug sitting on his service desk) but he came out and took a look at it and said it looks like frame damage... Waiting for the adjuster on Monday... I'm bummed, I love this car so much. I'm gonna have a hard time finding one just as clean.
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Ok, then take it for a second opinion, see if 2-3 pulls will get you passing. If the second person says no , then Partout City, get excess loot for new Prelude
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Re: Accident. Now what?

X2 on getting another opinion, some shops are like that, some don't want anything to do with imports in general, could just be something they don't usually mess with. But yeah def take it to a couple other places. I know it just depends on how hard something was hit and sometimes 20mph is probably enough to mangle some parts. Maybe just bypass the alignment shop and take it to a body shop? Since they would probably be better equipped to handle the repairs if you decided to get it fixed and could give you a better estimate on cost...Just an idea. Good luck man sorry about the car I know it sucks.
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Re: Accident. Now what?

Take it to a different shop. Pep boys and Firestone both have lifts and willingly work on lowered cars. You're about as low as I once was and I was never denied work anywhere.


You say wheel is pushed back - first thought is radius rod. Next from there I would consider a bent lower control arm or the crossmember is bent where it bolts on. More than likely not a good idea to continue driving if it feels loose
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Re: Accident. Now what?

I had a bent trailing arm after someone messed up my car eh, just compare the sides to each other, also a question someone hasn't asked

Is it 4WS or we just assuming it isn't?

And bykfixer you're right when it comes to car vs dog vs brick wall...
It's also only a hit and run if you don't report it. It wasn't your fault an animal ran out in front of you, no ones gonna prosecute you for it, well where I'm from at least. Unless YOU WERE speeding lol!
But yeah just brake and go straight next time and hope the last thing the dog isn't seeing is the back bumper. Sh!t happens, it sucks, an now you have a wrecked lude. Next time screw the dog man.

I love animals but they ain't worth the risk of the you getting hurt mate that's one thing ill point out.

But yeah nows the time where your gonna learn about suspension suspension components!
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