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Old 07-28-2016, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Frame damage assesment

The other day an accord tboned me. The point of impact was front passenger corner and possibly the tire. The scrape at the top of the wheel well was existing. So after getting out the saw zaw and notching my bumper so that it did not run I drove away but it has a bad pull. Im still dealing with insurance BS so no shop has looked at it yet but Im just curious if anyone else has had a similar collision and if so what the outcome was. Hopefully the pull is a bent control arm or steering part but is frame damage a possibility? btw nobody injured and the accord did not survive

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Old 07-28-2016, 10:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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While I wouldn't rule out the frame being tweaked, I think it's more likely the A frame might be bent.

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Old 07-28-2016, 03:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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maybe look at the a-arm mounts, see if they look bent at all, maybe even see if the a-arm mounting bolts have been bent (checking the bottom ones will be tricky with the torsion bar). there are cross members where the a-arms mount, so I would doubt the frame itself is bent with the damage that's visible.

I would examine the steering linkages, to see how they handled the hit.
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The frame might be tweaked or your control arm is bent and/or the tie rod end.
If the impact was on the tire, control arm is a good bet - if impact was on the bumper, the frame could be racked.
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I'm assuming (yeah, I know) you're going to have it fixed by a collision shop. You should mention to them you want the frame geometry checked as well as an alignment even if nothing is replace or repaired.
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I'm assuming (yeah, I know) you're going to have it fixed by a collision shop. You should mention to them you want the frame geometry checked as well as an alignment even if nothing is replace or repaired.
Ya its all through insurance, if possible I would rather get them to cut me a check and Ill fix it myself assuming no frame damage. They called today and said they need to have it towed to a "salvage yard" in order to properly evaluate it. Last time I checked salvage yards do no such thing so either she did not know the correct term or they have already decided to total it.
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Ya its all through insurance, if possible I would rather get them to cut me a check and Ill fix it myself assuming no frame damage. They called today and said they need to have it towed to a "salvage yard" in order to properly evaluate it. Last time I checked salvage yards do no such thing so either she did not know the correct term or they have already decided to total it.
Meh, that doesn't look like a total to me. Maybe an automatic reaction though given the age of the truck. Even if the frame is tweaked, you could probably still save money doing it yourself and farming that part out. I'd want a frame shop to check it out first though. Replacing a frame is about $10,000 (don't ask how I know this!). But I'm 99.9% sure you won't need to do that.
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''DO NOT'' let them take ''YOUR'' truck anywhere,,make them look at it before it leaves your house/shop,,''ITS YOUR TRUCK''
I kinda feel the same way, but its barley driveable otherwise I would just drive it to them and wait while they do the assessment. im not really sure how I would proceed otherwise. Im sure a bodywork estimator can come to me but how are they going to do an estimate for mechanical damage in my driveway.
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do not drive it anywhere,,yhey can/will come to you,,ive owned a bodyshop and worked at a few,,do not let them screw you around

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