I won't go into the details, but suffice is to say that it wasn't exactly a shining moment. I bent one (passenger side) of my control arms. I have a couple of questions.
According to what I have read, this may be a good time to upgrade to aluminum control arms.
Has anyone done this, and how hard was it?
Does is require special (factory) tools?
Can you point me to a procedure posted somewhere?
Has anyone else bent this before? Was there any other collateral damage? I think everything else may be ok. I am concerned that the crossmember could be bent because of the mount for the control arm. My thinking is the bushing's ability to allow movement may have prevented this.
I am also concerned that the strut may be bent. Anyone have a good way to check this?
What about the wheel bearing, should it be replaced? It is the pont at which all the energy is transferred from the wheel to the suspension, when this impacted. Do you think it could take it?
Also, I was thinking about replacing the sway bar links while I had it apart. Opinions on those? Worth the money?
An interesting side note. The wheel (although showing some damage) is for the most part, ok. The point of impact was exactly at one of the spokes, and it seems to have held up. It rolls smoothly. That surprised me.
Thanks in advance,