I hit a curb during one of our recent storm. I missed the car that slid into the intersection, though. The passenger front wheel hit square to the curb. It forced the wheel back until the tire made contact with the wheel well.
I have replace the LCA, the half shaft and the wheel (the half shaft did not appear to be damaged, but was making a clicking noise before the accident). I test drove the car and have noises that sound like a warped rotor and a bad wheel bearing. When I turn right, the rotor noise goes away, but I continue to hear the wheel bearing noise. When I turn left, both noises increase. Both noises seem to pulsate at the same rate and in time with each other. The rotor noise does not seem to change when the brakes are applied?!!? Between 15 and 40 mph the noise is pretty loud, but above that it diminishes.
I would assume there would be no damage to the front differential (terminology?? - I work on Jeeps) without trashing the half shaft. One thing I did notice, but forgot to correct, is the sheet metal flange on the outside end of the half shaft. The new one had a small ripple in it. I suppose the rotor noise could be coming from that hitting the back of the knuckle.
My best scientific wild ass guess (SWAG) is I bent the hub and damaged the wheel bearing. Are those sold as a sealed unit? I did not look close enough when I had it apart. If it was just the bearing noise, I would replace the wheel bearing and be done with it. The rotor noise has me concerned. I did not see any slide pins when I took the caliper off. I am assuming they are part of the bracket. If the wheel bearing and hub were damage, I would think the rotor would rotate off plane, but would not make the pulsating sound of a warped rotor.
Ideally, I would replace all of the components in that area, have it aligned and all would be well. Unfortunately, funds and time are both in short supply. I can have the alignment done only once. I need to get this done with as little down time as possible and on a budget that would make Ebonezer Scrooge whimper. Any input about what I may have missed or suggestions as to proving parts damaged would be greatly appreciated.
Since the spring compressor does not fit into the wheel well, I disconnected the sway bar, held the LCA down and jacked up the hub in order to get the ball joint back in place. If anyone has a better way of doing this, please let me know.