2003 Hyundai Elantra 4 cyl Automatic 30,000 miles
My beloved 2003 Elantra was recently involved in a front end collision. The damage was mostly confined to the front driver's side fender and quarter panel, and the worst of it was that the front driver's side tire was pushed back about an inch, so that it was almost touching the wheel well. I just got it back from the repair shop and was told they had to replace the control arm, spindle and strut. The tires themselves are only a year old, and in great shape.
I took the car to a trusted local mechanic for an alignment and he double checked the work the body shop had done, noting they had fixed the problem with used parts. As far as he could tell, he thought they did a decent job. After the alignment the car drives fairly well, though I can feel a few more bumps in the road than I did before. But there is one problem giving me some serious concern: when I make a very hard right, the steering wheel and the tires basically stay put and I have to more or less "force" them gently back into place. Left turns and a soft right are no problem, but the steering wheel and tires don't respond well at all after a hard right.
Does anyone have any idea what could be going on? I asked the local mechanic and he's thinking the parts they used were faulty, but wouldn't even hazard a guess beyond that. Between friends and sites I've found online, I've heard everything suggested from bushrings to tie rods, from ball joints to a faulty steering rack, and my head is spinning.
I'll bring it back to the body shop soon, of course, but I wanted to go back armed with at least a little information, a suggestion or two for them to check out, something they perhaps missed. Forgive me being an obvious novice. I'm not great at all with cars, and this is the first accident of this kind which I've ever had in over 20 years of driving.
Any advice, guidance, insights at all would be greatly appreciated! And if I need to clarify anything, please ask away.
have the same problem?
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 AT 4:43 PM