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So, last night I was getting home from work in a snow storm and ended up sliding into a curb at a relatively low speed. The car impacted the curb with what I believe was the side of the right front wheel. Needless to say, my alignment is now all messed. I can't even drive the car. The steering wheel is pointing to the side for the wheels to be straight and the camber on the front right wheel is really messed up. In addition to that I got an impact bubble on the tire.
I looked briefly underneath and saw that the lower control arm connector (the part that bolts to the control arm with four bolts and serves as an attachment point for the ball joint ) is bent upward. Other than that, I didn't see any other damage. Haven't checked the wheel for any play yet.
My question is, can I simply replace the bent connector, or is it necessary to replace the entire control arm? I found the connector for sale on kiacarparts.net for $43, alot cheaper than the entire control arm which sells for almost $200.
What other things should I check? Would a four wheel alignment get things the way they should be after replacing the bent part?
All constructive advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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I would think you need to replace the damaged part in the first instance and hopefully that will be enough to allow you to drive it straight to a suspension specialist. They would have the tools and expertise to correct it or at least tell you what you need to fixt it then get the parts yourself.
 

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Your control arm is bent, it needs to be replaced as well as the tire.Then you do your alignment. Try looking for a cheaper arm, you can also try a used one from a junk yard.
 
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