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Old 11-14-2009, 12:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, heres the story. I was enjoying some spirited driving last night in my '94 325i. Took a turn a little too fast and ended up hitting a curb. My front bumber cleared the curb, no damage done to it. The only part of my car that actually made contact with it was my passanger side tire. Hit it dead on. It pushed the tire straight back and now it's rubbing against the body of the car (housing i guess). The only way the car will drive in a straight line now is if you hold the steering wheel very firm. If you let go it violently jerks to the right. I even noticed trouble braking. If i take it above 20mph it just doesnt feel stable. Anyone have any ideas what this could be? Im thinking sway bar end link possibly?

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Old 11-14-2009, 12:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jack it up and see?

Hard to say without seeing it, but my guess would be: bent control arm/torn control arm bushing, damaged sway bar link, damaged tie rod end, bent wheel and a screwed up tire. 20mph is quite fast to hit a curb dead on; probably gonna need to replace everything I listed + an alignment.

That said, don't just start replacing parts; either take a look at it, or if you don't know what you're looking at, have someone that does do it.
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Thanks Torque,

I spoke with the dealership i bought the car from and they said it sounds like a control arm or sway bar link. Obviously "sounds like" isn't good enough so im going to have them take a look at it Monday morning.

ps. i didn't hit the curb dead on at 20mph. it was much slower than that. i said, if i try to take it above 20mph now its unstable.

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Sorry, I misread that.

Best of luck with it man. Any sort of wreck is no fun, even if it's hopping a curb.
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if you're not mechanically inclined then take it to a shop to have them check it out. otherwise like Torque said jack it up and look at the left side and the right side. anything on the right that looks bent compared to on the left should be changed. an alignment shop can help you out as well. good luck, curbs suck
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if the rim is bent, I have a like brand new stock 15" 325is wheels, very cheap. 612-366-0701.
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