Took a minor accident: someone’s car hit the front of the front-left tire with the corner of their bumper. The force pulled apart the inner tie rod joint and knocked the tire off the rim. The intrusive enemy car also bumped the subframe directly in front of the wheel, crushing the charcoal canister, and canister's stamped steel mount on it’s way in (both canister and mount have been replaced). Photos: https://imgur.com/a/S9cLaw6
I replaced the inner and outer tie rod (Meyle, from FCP) on both sides. The parts are identical to the Meyle I previously had, and seem to fit correctly. However, even when I tighten both tie rods all the way in (back side of the wheel), the wheels remain about 10-12mm toe-in. And of course, the steering wheel is no longer “straight” at 9-3 position when wheels are pointed forward.
Things I checked:
- 1) Rims are not bent, wheels balanced fine.
2) Control Arm and bushing looks healthy (replaced a few years ago, not factory)
3) Control Arm mount on subframe looks healthy (not bent)
4) Sway bar links look good (replaced a few years ago, not factory)
5) Brand new inner/outer tie rods on both sides
- * It does not “look” like the subframe is bent, or shifted. I looked closely at all 4 bushings, and don’t see any evidence of shifting, motion, etc. I do assume this is the most likely culprit.
* The steering rack “seems” secure, and unbent.
* There does not seem to be any extra play in the wheel assembly on either side
- Should I pull the subframe and install new bushings?
How bad is 10mm toe-in?
Can I pull the steering wheel off, re-center, and live with this?