Alright, so I’m young and dumb and didnt replace my tires when I should have and during rain I hydroplaned and bounced off a guardrail, the damage was actually surprisingly minor but I did dent my rim and my steering wheel is cocked to the left very noticeably, about 25 degrees (If 90 is straight up and normal it drives straight now with the steering wheel at degree 115. I went to the junk yard and got a rim and then went to a tire shop and asked for an alignment, they said they couldnt align the tires because the strut is bent and they could replace for $350. I declined and instead decided to attempt it myself, almost everytime I go to the mechanics I feel like I’m getting played which is why I’m trying to do this stuff myself.
Doing some research I see theres also a control arm, control arm link, and sway bar in that area that could potentially be damaged
Looking up the symptoms these are the symptoms I do and dont experience
My real question is the steering wheel cocked by 25 degrees because of allignment (Which they cant do until they replace the supposedly bent strut) or is my problem with the steering wheel somewhere else?
Also I’m wondering how likely is it that the control issue is just the strut and not the control arm or sway bar?
- Poor Control at highway speeds
- turning the steering wheel it feels like it yanks sometimes when I turn it all the way to one side
- Steering wheel cocked 25 degrees counter clockwise
No Clunking Noise
Shocks are not bouncing
Steering wander was always there, probably worse now though