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Tiny
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  • 2005 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100 MILES
I have a 2005 4 door Altima SE. It took a nasty bump when I was forced off the road. I hit a curb dead on, the car then cleared the curb and drop to a lower plateau. I was told after making a claim that the sub frame was damaged and would be repaired. After repairs my car didn't drive straight like it used to. I would constantly have to readjust myself on the road when I never had to before. I kept pressuring my insurance company to look at it again, to which they did but they told me everything is tight on the car and there wasn't a problem with it. I went to a firestone and they showed me how my control arms had damage and needed replacement. I took it back and got those replaced and even got new tires, STILL the problem persisted. When I drive it feels like I'm not balanced and there's always the issue of over or understeering. When I travel over bumps I feel like I'm going over rugged territory when usually I would travel over them with ease. I have a pull when driving which constantly has me readjusting the wheel. A wobble, slight but it's there. And a shopping cart effect when traveling. I've made case after case to my insurance company to which they replied "we did all we can do and we can't seem to duplicate the problem when we drive it" which tells me they have completely whipped their hands of the situation. Dumping money into it on my own to see what the problem "may" be isn't an option. I need to know what really "is" the problem and solve it so that I can go back to feeling at ease when I drive. Please help.
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Thursday, July 28th, 2011 AT 7:20 PM

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Tiny
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You may have a bent strut tower, this being the section of the body that the front strut attaches to, if this is out of alignment the car will no drive straight, this will have to be inspected carefully, normally any good wheel aligner will pick up on any front end alignment problem, I think you need to re visit the aligners and explain the situation and get them to do a compleate inspection for further damage, trouble is it may not be visible to the naked eye, so accurate alignment machines and competent operators are a must to pick up any errors.
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Thursday, July 28th, 2011 AT 10:50 PM
Tiny
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They have whipped their hands of the situation stating. That the car drives fine when it doesn't. I don't know what to do next. They're taking my insurance money monthly but not helping me.
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Thursday, July 28th, 2011 AT 11:02 PM
Tiny
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Contact the insurance co, tell them that the repairer is not doing their job and taking THEIR money that may get a response.
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Friday, July 29th, 2011 AT 2:42 AM
Tiny
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The insurance company is the repair center. I went through them which I'm seeing now was a terrible mistake.
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Friday, July 29th, 2011 AT 2:44 AM
Tiny
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You will just have to keep pushing for it to be inspected or go pay for a alignment check and if there is any discrepancy with original specs, you will have some leverage to get it sorted.
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Friday, July 29th, 2011 AT 2:47 AM
Tiny
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Do you feel the only problem could be the tower or do you have any other opinions of what it might be linked to? Even when I pull into a parking space I think I'm pulling in straight and end up pulling in at a slant.
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Friday, July 29th, 2011 AT 4:04 AM
Tiny
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With out seeing the car first hand it is hard to say, it could be a bent sub frame, any of the suspension components on that side steering and tower, an independent alignment check should show up what is wrong, I strongly recommend you get this done first.
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Friday, July 29th, 2011 AT 7:22 AM
Tiny
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Who do you recommend in the baltimore area?
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Friday, July 29th, 2011 AT 7:23 AM
Tiny
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Can't help there as I am in Australia.
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Friday, July 29th, 2011 AT 9:09 AM

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