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Why car's steering wheel is tilted at 12:30 post collision?

I crashed my car ( front impact ) although there was a small leak from radiator, i was able to start the car and drive back home.

Im making an inventory of parts needed so as to make a cost estimate for parts etc.

The steering wheel should be at 9:15 but its at 12:30 if i want to drive in a straight line. Im confused on what part(s) will allign the steering wheel / wheels.

Suggestions ?

Update:

"Take it to a mechanic" is not an answer to a specific question. FYI most ( perhaps all ) mechanics are certified thieves; therefore im supplying the parts that i want replaced plus labor costs. That way im not taken for a ride by your ''certified mechanic''.

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  • M.
    Lv 7
    9 months ago
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    Something is bent. You need to find it.

    Could be steering and/or front suspension part(s).

    Nobody here can tell you exactly what is injured, because we need to see it.

    Take it to a car repair shop that will give you a free estimate.

    What if your frame is bent?

    I hate to say it, but since you don't know what to do, then you shouldn't be repairing it.

    I'm not sure what you mean by 9:15 and 12:30 position.

    Turn your steering wheel as far CCW as it will go.

    Turn your steering wheel CW as far as it will go, and count the turns.

    Go back to CCW.

    Turn the steering wheel CW only HALF of the total turns.

    Now the steering wheel should be "straight".

    Each front tire should also be straight.

    If you have a non-straight front tire, then that is the side with the injury.

    Good luck.

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  • 9 months ago

    Your insurance company will require that it be fixed at an approved body shop using their parts.

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  • 9 months ago

    Unless you have an alignment rig, you will never get this right on your own. The best you might do is look at all the steering components and front suspension and replace everything that is bent.....and parts are bent. Then have a specialist align the wheels. You might find most of what you need at a salvage yard and learn a lot removing the parts from a wreck. If you're so confused about what steers the car straight, it would be better to make a front-end specialist look the car over. This is more than just hammers and wrenches.

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  • Phil M
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    There is no way I could tell what is damaged without looking at it. There could be a lot of parts bent to cause the wheel to be out of line, or just one. There is no way any one on here could give you a parts list of what you need to fix it. And most certified mechanics are NOT crooked. If they were they would be out of a job. It is up to you to find a mechanic that you can trust. If you can't, then just get a different car whenever you have a crash.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Yeah best suggestion you're going to have to take your car to a certified repair shop. you are wasting your time effort and money making a list of what your car needs the insurance company is not going to pay you for those parts nor are they going to let you do the repairs it is the law that the insurance company must return the car to legally safe standard that it was in before it was damaged.

    and unless you are a certified mechanic which I take it from your statement that you're not not knowing what parts to get. save yourself time and money find yourself a decent repair shop and let them submit the estimate cuz your insurance company his not going to pay you to do the work.

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  • P
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    It's an accident, so you can get all kinds of major damage to cause that issue. You would do an alignment on the car, jack it up and see if anything is bent. It sounds like if you are trying to do this yourself, you might be in way over your head.

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  • Jim
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Take it to a certified mechanic.

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