Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Hit curb. Control arm bent.

asked by on

Hit a storm drain in my patriot the other day. Driver side, lower control arm. About a minute from my house. Tore the wheel up and set it back a few inches to where it's running into the back wheel well. Control arm bent, from the looks of it other pieces are closer together when comparing to the passenger side. Potential other parts need replaced. Will the control arm replacement service cover the damage or will the mechanic assess the damage and fix all that needs to repaired? What to do next?

My car has 30000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The best thing to do is to have a body shop with a frame straightness check machine to quote the repairs for your vehicle. If you have full coverage on your vehicle insurance then now would be a good time to contact them. The repairs may well exceed any deductible you may have. Since the wheel is set back so far you may have not only bent the lower control arm but also bent the vehicle frame that holds the control arm. I have seen accidents like this bend or damage frames, upper and lower control arms, spindles, shocks and struts, steering rack and pinion or steering linkages. Any of these components and many others can be damaged from such a hard hit. If you do want a mobile mechanic like one from YourMechanic come and take a look at the damaged and possibly be able to fix it on site then set up an appointment and have it looked at.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Hit curb. Control arm bent.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: It is almost impossible to fill the tank now that the pump stops all the time

Gas station fill nozzles are designed to shut off when enough back pressure is detected, usually an indication the tank is full. However if your tank is not venting properly, it can have the same effect. Your description would indicate...

Q: What are the Torque specs for a inner tie rod

The torque specification for the lock nut is 41 foot pounds. The specification for the ball joint end is 64 foot pounds.

Q: The interior lights flash when you press the brakes

Hi there. It really depends on what the source of the electrical glitch is; which will determine the repairs needed. I'd wager that the issue is an electrical fault with the brake switch that is causing this. However, since you...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.