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Old 07-19-2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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Can someone steer me in the right direction?

I own a 97 jeep wrangler sahara. I managed to bend the bracket that is mounted to the front axle on the driver side. Firestone said they would hammer it out, or try and replace the "arm" and align it. Not knowing this firestone, I went to the one in my hometown. He said, he would not touch it. The only fix is a whole new front axle.............. Does anyone know what I should do? Should invest thousands in a whole new front axle? Is there a way to weld or hammer the bracket back straight, replace the arm, and get it aligned? Should I just dump the jeep and never drive it again?

I'm a single mom on a very limited income, and I would appreciate some advise. I appreciate it.

Thanks,

Faye

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Old 07-19-2009, 10:04 AM   #2
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I don't trust Firestone...Any dependable front end shop or off road mechanic can repair your Jeep. Shop around, ask locals, check BBB etc. Good luck!

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Old 07-19-2009, 11:53 AM   #3
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Do you have a friend that can swing a hammer? You need a METAL block to put on one side of the bar and a LARGE hammer attached to a strong arm person to beat on it.
IF you HEAT the piece to make it straight then you will remove the temper and you will need an axle. There is a tool called a Port-o-power that can jack the piece back straight.
I used that tool to fix the "ears" on the front axle on my race car which where twisted and bent.
I agree to stay away from Firestone or Goodyear since they have only one thing in mind do it cheap and charge you a lot.
If you where near Aiken SC you could just bring it by the "hobby shop" and we could fix it for you FREE.
Guys this is for the ladies if you break something then you can fix it.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:04 PM   #4
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take it to a good offroad shop, it can be fixed. after all, its just metal. worst case you cut the bracket off and weld on a new one.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:04 PM   #5
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As stated no need for a new axle.. and even if there was, the cost should be well under 500 bucks for nice used one. Any chance you can post some picture's so we can get a better idea of the damage? Also where are you located in general so we might be able to point ya in the direction of a good shop.
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take it to a good offroad shop, it can be fixed. after all, its just metal. worst case you cut the bracket off and weld on a new one.
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Just what 4Jeepn said. Need Pics.
I did the same thing to my MJ on a side walk. It can be fix.

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