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'95 Chevy Lumina, Missed a Turn

Q: I was wondering if you could help me with a problem I have with my ' 95 Chevy Lumina front wheel drive sedan. A couple of days a go I made a really bad sharp turn at about 25 MPH, lost control of my vehicle and ended up hitting the bank on the passenger side. That hit caused my steering wheel to be off center, bent my rim, and now my tires wear down more on the outside part of the tire. What is it that I need to replace? Is it the stabilizer bar, because it seems to be out more on one end than the other? Or could it be that I need to replace the tie- rod ends?. I'm not a mechanic so your help will be deeply appreciated.

A: It's likely that you've bent something, but the stabilizer/sway bar will not cause the steering wheel to be off center or the tires to wear in the manner you're describing. If you bent a rim it is likely you bent another suspension or steering component. Tie-rods maybe, but more likely it is the strut, spindle or lower control arm that has been redesigned in your off road adventure. The best thing to do? Get your vehicle into a garage and have the suspension and steering inspected. From your description, your vehicle will be eating tires at a rather pricey clip. If you're worried about cost of parts, don't forget used. Used parts will work just fine and save on the repair bill. You just have to find whatever else you bent besides the rim.

 
     
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