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As some of you guys know, I ended up putting my Cobalt in a ditch on the highway last weekend. Surprisingly, everything feels okay, except the alignment might be a tad off. More worried about the camber than the toe, actually. Anyway, yesterday afternoon I decided to take off the front wheels and take a look at the suspension. I didn't see anything horribly wrong, but I also don't know what all to look for. If you guys see anything broken/bent/something that needs replacing in these pictures, please let me know.

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Everything looks normal, anything feel loose or anything while you were looking around?

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Well, steering feels a bit off, but that's likely due to camber. The left-right alignment is actually better than before. Got a bad alignment from a shop a month or two ago.

I did notice that I was able to rotate the right brake rotor when the parking brake with minimal force was on while the left one didn't budge. Might just need new brakes.

Other than that, I didn't notice any new rumbling noises or anything loose.


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Well, steering feels a bit off, but that's likely due to camber. The left-right alignment is actually better than before. Got a bad alignment from a shop a month or two ago.

I did notice that I was able to rotate the right brake rotor when the parking brake with minimal force was on while the left one didn't budge. Might just need new brakes.

Other than that, I didn't notice any new rumbling noises or anything loose.
If your talking about the hand brake, that only work the rear brakes. If your car is in neutral, and the e-brake is pulled the front will still be able to spin.

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Huh, well I guess Park (I know, autos are lame, but I got it when I was 16, soooo...) doesn't totally lock both the front wheels then.


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Well, awesome! Thanks to everyone who took a look. I'll get an alignment pretty soon and hopefully nothing else is wrong.


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Both my front wheel bearings went out sometime after I put my car into the ditch. Not sure if that's related. But the dealer replaced them under warranty. I now run studded snow tires in the Winter to help prevent that from ever happening again. Doesn't mean it won't happen again. But I have a much better chance of preventing it from happening.
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Might be related, but I haven't noticed anything that points to wheel bearings going bad. They shouldn't be too terribly expensive if I need to replace them though. Thanks for pointing that out so I can keep an eye on it.


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