The first thing I would look at is the two lower mounting holes on the strut body. They are perfectly round from the factory, but aftermarket struts come with an elongated lower hole to make them adjustable. Even if these are original, the lower hole can be ground to an oval shape when camber needs to be adjusted. If that lower hole is slotted, the adjustment could have slipped from the impact.
If the strut is bent, they usually make the wheel tip in on top. That is from a crash with another car. When the bottom of the wheel hits a curb, there is usually too little leverage to bend the strut. The lower control arm, then the wheel are more likely to be what gets bent. Look at the space between the top of the tire's sidewall and the strut body, and compare that on both sides. If the gap is bigger on the left side, then the strut may indeed be bent.
I am not sure what you mean by "drive knuckle". Are you referring to the outer cv joint?
Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 AT 3:44 PM