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Postby Nostrebor777 » 29 Oct 2006, 02:08

Helo, new to the forum and in need of some help

I bent my crossmember whilst towing my car home (over 100 miles :P ) it doesn't seem to have bent much but i've noticed that the car is now listing to the offside. would damage to the cross member cause this? also would this affect the steering rack in any way?

the car's not gonna be on the road anytime close to soon so I dont really need a quick fix, just trying to find out what im dealing with.

Ill try and post a pic just as soon as i can remember my flickr username!

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Postby Neilyman » 29 Oct 2006, 08:56

Welcome to the forum Dave.

Try here re: your `lean`....you are not alone! :)

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Postby UpNorth » 29 Oct 2006, 09:04

I think when he says the car's listing to one side he means pulling to one side not just leaning.

If I'm right then crossmembers should be correct - not distorted!
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Postby Neilyman » 29 Oct 2006, 09:25

Listing is also a nautical term for a ship that leans, so who knows? ;)

As the car isn`t being driven though, I think lean is correct. :)

My Xmember has a slight `kink` from an over enthusiastic tow at some time, but it don`t cause any problems for me.

Here`s a pic of Dav`s bent member! :shock:

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And here`s why I know the car isn`t being driven :)

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Postby CancerWagon » 29 Oct 2006, 10:02

Unless the cross member is bent enough to seriosuly affect the geometry of the steering/suspension, a good quality alignment should straighten it out okay. I'd recommend replacing the inner/outer "tie rods" on the steering and all four ball joints before the alignment to get the best value for your money spent.

The steering rack looks like the ones I've dealt with (but mirrored of course) and since they are cast aluminum-umumum mounted under some decent rubbers, unless it got it's casing cracked or is seriously worn out / grinding, it should be just fine. 8)
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Postby kw107 » 29 Oct 2006, 10:28

cross member?
tie rod?

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Postby CancerWagon » 29 Oct 2006, 11:13

Nomenclature issues... blast.

Tie rod (inner ball joint under the steering rack boots)
Tie rod ends (outer ball joint bit)
cross-member (the beam the rack and pinion assembly bolts onto)

"tie rod" is kind of misleading, because its a refrence to a different type of steering system, usually seen on lorrys and 70's yank tank cars. But the end link still gets called an "outer tie rod end" for some reason. :?
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Postby UpNorth » 29 Oct 2006, 12:04

Thanks Neilyman for showing us a Dave's bent member. I'm sure a few sharp tugs will see it straight again - it always works for me :lol:
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Postby kw107 » 29 Oct 2006, 13:12

Tortron wrote:oh oh , mine does, mine does.

do left hand drives lean to the left?


I don,t remeber that mine has leaned somewhere :roll:
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Postby Nostrebor777 » 29 Oct 2006, 16:57

UpNorth wrote:Thanks Neilyman for showing us a Dave's bent member. I'm sure a few sharp tugs will see it straight again - it always works for me :lol:

:roll: :roll: :roll:

cheers for the help guys, at least its 1 less thing I have to sort out!

I'm guessing the lean would be caused by a broken or damaged spring then?
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Postby Doive » 30 Oct 2006, 01:05

Nyet, if you mean the characteristic lean to the right most/all Chevettes seem to exhibit, it would appear to be an endearing design feature of the car. I've swapped all my suspension for new bits, and lean remained unchanged. Perhaps the front suspension geometry is slightly different from side to side, to counter the handling effects of the weight of the driver? Something strange like a wishbone mounted a few millimeters higher?
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Postby CancerWagon » 30 Oct 2006, 02:24

Place an appropriate spacer under the spring perhaps?
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Postby Nostrebor777 » 30 Oct 2006, 10:31

the thing is though, the lean that seems to be apparent on most chevettes is to the drivers side, whereas mine swings the other way! :lol: :lol:

if it is the springs it doesn't really matter cos i should be changing them for uprated items anyhow :D 8)
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