Recently, while the family & I were all sleeping soundly, we were awakened at 2am by the sound of a car crash. Unfortunately someone had driven their car into the rear of my 2008 Tundra parked in front of our home. Fortunately, no one was injured. The collision consisted of the the driver’s side rear of my parked truck being impacted by the front passenger side of the moving vehicle at 35-40 mph. I recently visited the collision repair shop to view the carnage. Initial estimate for all repairs is totaling less than 60% of the vehicle value, so the truck will not be written as a total loss, and repairs made. There is the typical body damage, which I am confident the body shop can successfully repair. However it is the drive train/suspension damage that I am not knowledgeable enough to ask the right questions about, and have peace of mind that repairs will be lasting and reliable. A description of the impact and visible damage follows, along with repairs the shop has listed so far, and some questions on each. I would be grateful for comments on additional items I should ask the shop to effect.
- Moving vehicle was low profile, so it drove under truck bumper, impacting drivers side real wheel, and pushing it forward, breaking axle free from springs. Tundra was not driveable after this.
- Left & right rear springs & left shock will have to be replaced.
- Drive shaft to be sent for balance check.
- Upon visual inspection, shop says rear axle is straight, but has to be remounted to frame.
- Frame has no visible creases. Shop says it is only minimally out of alignment (couple mm) and can be tweaked back into place.
- Replace carrier bearing (what is this?)
So sorry for the lengthy post - any insight into these types of repairs and what to request shop to check in addition would be most appreciated. For instance what about the transmission?