View Full Version : Can It Be Saved ? Part II

01-04-2006, 05:40 PM
Howdy Guys :)

Firstly I just wanna say a 'BIG THANKYOU' to everyone that gave me advice on my last post where I posted pics of my crash in the snow, where my drivers side rear wheel suspension bars snapped and bent outta shape.

Well.. after much investigation and education, I managed to get the 3 suspension bars, and its taken me two days to fit them, and I finished about 1 hr ago :)

So I gets in the car, she cracks up 2nd turn of key, I drive steady up and down the drive, no problems there, so I decided to take her for a run up and down street, but as I pull off my drive onto the road, the steering seams all funny, feels like a wheel is going to fall off and is extremley light.

It also seams to 'flop' from side to side at certain points too :(

Here are 3 pics of my wheel all back together :

All new bars, straight and back together :)

http://img439.imageshack.us/img439/5233/14qm.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Dispite new bars, wheel still seams to be point out a little

http://img278.imageshack.us/img278/7606/23su.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Top angle

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/6272/31ov.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

So ... anyone got any ideas why the wheel is still pointing outwards despite new bars being fitted ?

Also could this be the reason the car steering seams funny, maybe I snapped a suspension bar up front but doubtful, I'll have a quick look tomorrow.

Either way the car cant be driven like this, not even to the garage :( any ideas guys please ?

Cheers :)

01-04-2006, 05:47 PM
ANY time you do anything with the suspension, ie replace parts, remove parts, ect, you need to get an alignment done. One of those arm's effects the rear toe, which is at least one of your problems [the wheel being off center].

How did the axle carrier and cv shaft/joint look?
How about the wheel studs?

01-04-2006, 05:53 PM
From what I can tell everything looks ok, the 3 new suspension bars all seamed to match up nice n snug, but it cant be right if its sticking out like that (sigh) :(

01-04-2006, 06:48 PM
still need an alignment

01-04-2006, 07:53 PM
You are obviously off, the wheel being out of line shows it....

91 Celica GT-S
01-05-2006, 04:32 PM
get an alignment done they have to do a front end eval for you and if you need anymore parts they will tell you otherwise it just needs to be adjusted cause the toe is way off

01-05-2006, 11:34 PM
Howdy guys.

Well thanks for your comments.

OK I am still hopeful lol I have to be at the mo..

Anyway I've noticed that the front wheel is ALSO outtaline ! :o so the steering flop could be down to that, maybe theres a snapped suspension bar up front ?

OK I have two scenarios as far as I can see ..

Scenario 1 is ... check front suspension replace any damaged parts, toe in the rear and make this me final attempt to fix it...

Scenario 2 is ... buy a cheap car to run around in for now, and when I can afford it, transplant the GT Four engine into it :D so I need a cheap donor car, preferably sommat light.

If I cant fix it, any ideas on a cheap donor which would accept the GT Four engine ? or is it not possible / easy to do this what with ecu's etc.

Cheers :)

01-06-2006, 02:43 PM
man you seriously need to just bring that thing to a suspension shop and have them straighten everything out. I almost gaurantee that will fix all your problems. I had an issue with rear toe constantly changing itself, not fun

01-08-2006, 12:19 AM
Don't tear the poor car apart. :(

Fix your inner tie rod, and get an alignment.

Then you'll be straight, minus the body damage..