Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bosnia Hercegovina
Broken front left axle - repair or not?
Hi...I had an unfortunate accident that I slid on a paddle of oil and hit the road fence with my front left of the car under mild angle. I was sliding against the fence, and at about 40km/h, my front wheel got stuck between the fence rails and span me 360 degrees and stopped. The wheel was partially attached to the car, but it was obvious that the front left axle was broken...and I noticed that some oil was leaking out of the car.
So, here is my question as I know very little about car mechanics, does it make sense to repair my car (2001 alfa147, 1.6ts)? Will the car be brought to previous condition if all repairs are done and geometry corrected...I mean, can I rely on it that it will not give up on me in some critical time in normal driving?
Some people told me not bother repairing, but their biggest argument was that even when the car got repaired, it would psychologically be a problem to drive as it gave up once and also, the steering would be compromised as well.
So, I hope someone have some thoughts on all this...thanks!