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Old 24 Mar 2005, 09:38 pm
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Default advise please - 2 wheels hit a roundabout steering/suspension damage?

Because 2 wheels hit a curb the wheel alignment is too far out for the
normal tyre fitters machine m/c to reset it

Took it to a friendly smash repairer and he said probably no chassis damage
so he sent it to tyre company that does steering/suspension repairs

I have a $10000 + quote to replace steering [box power]drive shafts, 2
wheels {alloy]bearings and most suspension components

the car still drives fine but steering wheel is rotated 1/4 turn to the
right, tyres scrub on shiny floors and steering growls on full lock at slow
speed.

Parts delivery is up to 2 weeks.

so the question is

1. would u drive it carefully slowly local only

2. is there a cheap way to get it made safe so it can be traded in? - cost
of repairs below write off market value 15-20000?

3. Which guide do insurers use for market value?

Car - Honda odyssey 1996 auto 6 seats


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Old 24 Mar 2005, 10:57 pm
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Default Re: advise please - 2 wheels hit a roundabout steering/suspensiondamage?

Observer wrote:
> Because 2 wheels hit a curb the wheel alignment is too far out for the
> normal tyre fitters machine m/c to reset it
>
> Took it to a friendly smash repairer and he said probably no chassis damage
> so he sent it to tyre company that does steering/suspension repairs
>
> I have a $10000 + quote to replace steering [box power]drive shafts, 2
> wheels {alloy]bearings and most suspension components
>
> the car still drives fine but steering wheel is rotated 1/4 turn to the
> right, tyres scrub on shiny floors and steering growls on full lock at slow
> speed.
>
> Parts delivery is up to 2 weeks.
>
> so the question is
>
> 1. would u drive it carefully slowly local only
>
> 2. is there a cheap way to get it made safe so it can be traded in? - cost
> of repairs below write off market value 15-20000?
>
> 3. Which guide do insurers use for market value?
>
> Car - Honda odyssey 1996 auto 6 seats
>
>

$10k? you need a second opinion.

imo, if the frame is straight, it's likely that a good deal of the
suspension/steering componentry is too. wholesale replacement is just
dumb racketeering. suspension/steering /is/ expensive, but not $10k
expensive. unless you had a /real/ smash that /did/ bend the frame, i
can't imaging a scenario where you would have bent the driveshafts.
maybe the boots are torn, but that's a seperate issue. bearings? you'd
hear if they'd been brinelled. bent knuckles? possible, but not $10k
possible. steering rack? yes, that's more than possible, but again,
it's just not possible to approach $10k any way you slice simple
componentry replacement.

get a second opinion. or a third.

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