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Old 09-18-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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Axle Damage?

I recently hit a small ditch going about 15 while driving through tall grass. Jeep took the impact rather well, but it scared the daylights out of me.

Now whenever I park, I notice one of my wheels are slightly off-center. I thought maybe it was just me, but others have pointed it out, too.

Do you think I've damaged something like the axle? Or do I just need to get my tires re-aligned?

Sway bar was disconnected when this happened.

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Of center how? Like not pointed straight or straight but not centered under the Jeep?

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Old 09-18-2011, 06:28 PM   #3
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Pictures would really help so we can give you some pointers.
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Pictures would really help so we can give you some pointers.
Agreed.
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Sorry guys. I'll get some pictures up quick.

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Of center how? Like not pointed straight or straight but not centered under the Jeep?
One is straight and aligned with the Jeep. The other points outward a little.
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One is straight and aligned with the Jeep. The other points outward a little.
Sounds like you've bent something in your steering. (Drag link, tie rod.)
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The sun is setting where I live so I'll have to update you all tomorrow on pictures. These are the best I could get here in Alabama.

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These are both with contrast turned way up.
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I stand by post #7 until more info is available.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:57 PM   #10
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I don't see how you could bend a tie rod/draglink and have the wheels toe-out.

Hitting a bump/hole at speed can easily throw your alignment off. You may just need a simple alignment done. But does your steering feel screwy (i.e. steering wheel off center, pulling to one side or another, vibration, etc.)? Is there any obvious damage to the steering components or the hub/knuckle assembly? Bent wheel?

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