Back in the Alfa
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: United Kingdom
I've Bent Something....
Reversing into a parking space this morning I failed to notice a post which I clouted with the front offside wheel. Hard. At first I thought the damage was limited to my pride and a small dent in the wheel arch but driving it home tonight all is not well.
The steering wheel is now off centre, I have to steer with a slight "right hand down" to achieve a straight run down the road which means that the right wheel is now pointing more left than it ought. I also had a warning light come on "VDC Unavailable"
So, this evening I got it home for a slightly more careful look with the wheel off and found the following:
1. No damage to the alloy wheel itself. I suspect I caught the post with the back edge of the tyre.
2. The front half of the plastic inner arch liner shows signs that the tyre may have rubbed it on both the inner arch surface and infront of the tyre.
3. The upper and lower wishbones look fine with no signs of distortion on the chassis or subframe mounts.
4. Steering arm and ball joint also look okay.
So, apart from the off centre steering wheel and VDC warning light the car drove fine.
Whilst everything was apart this evening I took the chance to try to straighten the steering wheel geometry. This involved loosening the steering arm off and shortening the arm be screwing the rack arm further into the outer steering arm end. Then going for a drive. Now the VDC light no longer comes on but the wheel is still off centre so I need to wind the arm in a little more which I'll do once I can get the car on the lift with the tracking gauge on it.
Question is, can anyone point me at a likely culprit that's going to show the damage and needs replacing? (Apart from me as the idiot who wasn't watching where he was going!!)