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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Please help, car is seriously wrecked

This might be kind of hard to explain, so I will attach pictures. How this happened is a very long story, I plan to take it to the dealer tomorrow, but I just want advice from anyone who might have some knowledge about it.

First of all, I couldn't tell you exactly what I hit, but seeing my rims I am almost positive it was a high curb or something similar. Both rims on my passenger side are bent, the front rim is busted so bad that pieces of my wheel are missing. The tires (brand new) are also both scuffed, but somehow they are both holding air for now. But the rims & tires are not what I'm worried about.

The car pulls so bad towards the drivers side, that I have to keep my wheel turned 45 degrees right just to drive straight. My front wheel is sitting way too far back in the wheel well (meaning too far towards the back end of my car), so I know something is very seriously damaged. Im not driving it until I take it to the dealer because it rubs against my wheel well so bad that there is a constant loud noise the whole time I'm driving, even worse when I turn my wheel or when I brake.

I would appreciate any knowledge or help you guys could give me. Being a girl I don't know much about cars, and I'm going to college three hours from home so I dont have anyone to really help me out here. My manager at work said its probably something with my front axle. I know this is going to be a horribly expensive situation, but any advice will help. Thank you so much.
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Looks like you hit a curb while turning. At this point it could be anywhere from a simple alignment (along with replacing the rims/wheels) to a whole axis diagnostic which could include suspension and axle.

Although its up to you, if you don't feel safe driving the car, then have a tow truck come pick it up. I might cost you money, but it beats totaling your car when that wheel snaps off while your driving and causes you to run into a ditch. Some companies (insurance or AAA) would cover the towing expense.

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Do not drive the car to your mechanic or dealer, have it towed there is clearly something wrong with the suspension or like.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 11:59 PM
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Its the upper inner tie rod, I did the same exact think to my car two years ago when I first got it. I paid quite a bit to have it repaired too, BUT I got some nice black rims for the car
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My complements on the well done post including pictures.

Bad news: It's an expensive boo-boo.

Good news: Your tires are still holding air. At least for now.

Ditto on the inner tie rod being clobbered. It is designed to absorb a lateral impact by bending & hopefully save the other steering components. Matching those OEM rims is your biggest issue. You have three choices: either get them from at a dealer for a ridiculous price, find them used on ebay, or replace all four rims for something in stock at a tire store. The cost of two OEM rims from a dealer will probably exceed the cost of four new replacement rims from a tire shop (I'm guessing here). Also, you would most likely have to wait for the OEM rims to get to the dealer. If you need your car now I'd go to a tire shop with a bag full of cash or a credit card. Wish I had better news.

Depending on your model year & mileage, Pontiac roadside assistance may still be in effect for free towing:

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ahh thanks guys this all really helps. Do you happen to know if the roadside assistance would still tow it? Its an 07 and it has 98000 on it. also i already have a gm dealer that i have been to down here and i want to take it to them to fix the tie rod but could i still buy the stock rims off ebay and have the dealership put them on? does it look like ill for sure have to replace both of the tires and rims? just trying to figure out how much this is all going to cost, theres no way i can turn it into my insurance.
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ahh thanks guys this all really helps. Do you happen to know if the roadside assistance would still tow it?
It's worth your time calling & asking them.

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...could i still buy the stock rims off ebay and have the dealership put them on?
Absolutely. You can bring tires & wheels to them. They just charge an install fee but it's not that much.


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does it look like i'll for sure have to replace both of the tires and rims?
Rims: Yes.
Tires: Yes.




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Hey, what size rims do you have? I still have two stock chrome 17" G6 wheels if your willing to pay the shipping from NJ to where ever you are. They only have 28000 miles and are still in good condition. Ill sell them for cheap too
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Hey, what size rims do you have? I still have two stock chrome 17" G6 wheels if your willing to pay the shipping from NJ to where ever you are. They only have 28000 miles and are still in good condition. Ill sell them for cheap too
The OP has 17" rims. Idk if she would want mismatching rims :\

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I do have 17s but they aren't chrome, but thank you for offering.. I had it towed last night and when he picked it up he looked at it and said my a arm was bent pretty bad.. im still waiting for them to call me with the rest of the details. Not really loooking forward to hearing how much this is all going to cost me, but thank you guys for all the help!!
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