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car slid into a curb

What you can damage if you slid into a curb?

If your car slid into a curb, chances are you’ve caused quite a bit of damage to the steering and suspension. Mechanics call it a “curb kiss,” and it doesn’t take much of an impact to bend a strut, control arm, tie rod, wheel, or even the steering knuckle. A typical repair job can easily run between $700 and $1,200 dollars. That means you should be filing a claim with your insurance company.

Steering and suspension parts get damaged

Let’s take a moderate case where you bent the control arm, tie rod, and strut (most frequently damaged parts from a moderate curb kiss)

You’d need the following new parts for a 2005 Ford Taurus:

bent control arm, car slid into curb, bent tie rod

Moog brand control arm

New ball joint for new control arm. It makes no sense to pay the labor to remove the old ball joint and install it on the new control arm.

New ball joint for new control arm. It makes no sense to pay the labor to remove the old ball joint and install it on the new control arm.

 

car slid into curb, bent inner tie rod

New inner tie rod

 

 

 

 

 

car slid into curb, bent tie rod

New outer tie rod end. Just like the ball joint, it makes no sense to remove and reinstall the old one

car slid into curb, bent strut

New strut

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parts (at retail shop prices–not if you buy them yourself) come to:
Control arm and ball joint —> $206
Inner and outer tie rod —> $130
New Strut —> $110
Total parts cost  $446

Labor guide to install the above parts comes to 4.1 hours. At a shop rate of $100/hr. labor comes to $410. Plus a 4-wheel alignment at approximately $90

Total cost of a single curb kiss: $946

If you bent the steering knuckle, add $344. If you damage the wheel, add $300 for a factory allow wheel.

Keep in mind this is for a Ford Taurus. If you drive a European car like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, add about $900 to the above parts prices and jack up the labor rate to almost $150/hr.

Want to avoid this in the future? Well, you could have bought four winter tires for the cost of a single car slid into curb episode. Winter tires stop faster and corner much better than all-season tires.

If your car slid into a curb and you notice any steering pull or lean, get it to a shop IMMEDIATELY! Trust me, this isn’t going to fix itself and driving on it will only cause more damage–even kill somebody.

Here are some photos of damage caused when a car slides into a curb

picures of bent control arms after sliding into a curb

Bent control arm

picture of bent tie rod

Bent tie rod

Picture of bent tie rod

Bent tie rod

Picture of broken ball joint from sliding into a curb

Broken ball joint

Picture of bent wheel after hitting curb

Picture of cracked steering knuckle after hitting curb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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