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    Bent bearing housing?

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    Minor parking lot accident, my car was hit on right front tire at a 90 degree angle, straight on to front wheel. Replaced fender, it all fits fine, panels line up. Car drives fine, but wheel leans in at top. Alignment was done to car, they said it was almost in the green. Dealer did the alignment and did not offer to investigate or try to repair problem. Cannot see any visible damage or bending in housing or any of the control arms.
    Between arrows drawn on pic the measurement is 3mm less than the left side. Measuring to top of housing/spindle from rotor it measures about 8mm less than the left side.
    Any ideas? Is it possible the housing/spindle is bent even though it appears fine? I would assume the difference I am finding in the dimensions should not be there.
    A4 right bearing housing02 .jpg

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    Veteran Member Four Rings mtroxel's Avatar
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    You can see negative camber? If you can see it, that seems like quite a bit. How 'bout that polished spot on the spindle? Did that just happen in the accident or is your negative camber so bad you're rubbing?
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    No, that happened when a tire blew. We measured camber with a laser, left side top of 19" wheel measures 12mm neg camber, right is 26mm neg camber. Difference of 14mm or 9/16"

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    Veteran Member Four Rings mtroxel's Avatar
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    Its hard to imagine that alloy casting bending. And if it did, I REALLY wouldn't trust it. Seems more likely the attachment points moved. Either way, I don't think I'd let this rest.
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    I found a bent spindle on my E350 from the PO hitting a curb.

    The way that I confirmed it was measuring with the tire on, the distance between the tire and the ball joint or top of the spindle.

    IF there is any difference it should be replaced, however if this was a hit and run and you’re not filing an insurance claim, then theoretically if the camber is within half a degree from the other side it’s probably “safe”. Any more than 0.5deg and it could cause changes in suspension and braking dynamics, especially in the rain.

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    I'm trying to think how the upper tire edge moved in. The impact would not then have moved the subframe or bent the lowers; either of those would have moved the upper edge out. If the bearing had a problem, I imagine the wheel would wobble in and out as it rolled.

    You probably just need to dismount the spindle and the upper control arms and side by side compare them to a new set at the dealer or to your left side pieces. Maybe something wrong with the bushings in the uppers.
    2009 A4 Avant 2.0T quattro Prestige, 189k miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smac770 View Post
    I'm trying to think how the upper tire edge moved in. The impact would not then have moved the subframe or bent the lowers; either of those would have moved the upper edge out. If the bearing had a problem, I imagine the wheel would wobble in and out as it rolled.

    You probably just need to dismount the spindle and the upper control arms and side by side compare them to a new set at the dealer or to your left side pieces. Maybe something wrong with the bushings in the uppers.
    Other car's front bumper hit directly on wheel above axle so wouldn't that of moved it in? No problem with bearing that we can see. Strut bushings appear to be fine.

    Found a used spindle, but instructions I have found say to install all new nuts where there are lock nuts so I need those before doing replacing or removing for further inspection.



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