2004 Mazda 3



August, 13, 2008 AT 7:04 PM

Steering problem
2004 Mazda 3 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 49400 miles

My daughter hit a curb and bent two rims and ruined two tires. I purchased 4 new tires and rims and had them installed, balanced and aligned. The car steering wheel shimmys andl shakes at certain speeds. It comes and goes also. I looked under neath but no noticable damage except one strut has a dent on the outside wall. Could a damaged strut cause this, or a bent tie rod. How can you tell if a tie rod is bent?

Is it safe for her to drive?

1 Answer



August, 13, 2008 AT 7:14 PM

Hi there,

If something is bent a wheel alignment will pick it up, I would be getting a reputable aligner to inspect this asap as it is not all that safe to drive and you may destroy your new tyres quickly if not repaired.

Mark (mhpautos)

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