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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-04-2016, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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My daughter hit a curb with the left front wheel in her 05 Chevy Cobalt, bending the lower control arm and the tie rod end. I have replaced both lower control arms on right and left side as well as both tie rods. But I still have a bad camber tilt to left front tire. I can see no other issues or any other parts bent. Have taken the strut off and checked for straightness and it seems to be fine. Can anybody give me any ideas of what I may be missing? Could the strut be causing this issue? Or could the unibody be tweaked causing this issue? Other 3 tires are running straight and true.
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If she bent the lower control, chances are she may have bent the strut. It usually bends right above the bracket where it bolts to the knuckle. The strut will bend before the knuckle breaks. The lower control arm is designed to buckle before the ''A'' frame which should not have bent from hitting a curb.

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Ok thank you I will try the strut since this is the only thing that I haven't replaced. thank you.
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Originally Posted by Coby7 View Post
The strut will bend before the knuckle breaks.
Yup - since it's cast it won't even bother with bending. Camber tilt definitely sounds like the strut to me as well.

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