Last night while he was driving my car my brother hit a patch of ice while making a left turn and ran into a snow bank. We got the car up today and my father says the chassis is bent and it looks like the right front wheel was moved backwards. There is a visible ripple in the metal. My father also says that he thinks something else may be broken, loose or damaged because when you turn the real you can feel it's not right. It's very loose and he says he can feel or hear a clunk noise or something.
here are the symptoms:
It pulls to the left while driving and any time it hits anything rough on the road it becomes erratic and difficult, practically impossible, to control.
According to my father we would have to repair the sub-frame, replace what ever part is broken and then do a wheel alignment. Even then he says we might find that it's beyond the tolerance a we can fix with an alignment. Now we don't have all the tools for that. I do most of the normal maintenance on my car, but from what he said this looks like something beyond my means to repair.
what do you think? Is my father right? Is there any other way to fix it? How much do you think it could cost?
Obviously I'm not driving it anymore, but it is my only vehicle and I can't afford to buy a new one. I could only afford this one because I was able to get a super deal on it for about $500 (Thank god for craigslist). I'm pretty screwed I think so any advice would be great.
I can't upload a picture now, but I may be able to later. Thanks for your time.
have the same problem?
Saturday, February 27th, 2010 AT 2:15 PM