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Steering frozen, front passenger wheel fell off, repair cost?

Steering froze while driving, and wheel fell off when tow truck driver tried to move the car. Possible culprits and repair cost? Did the tow driver do more damage by attempting this?

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  • ftlion Jan 06, 2009

    here is a video of the tow truck driver attempting to hook up...

  • ftlion Jan 06, 2009

    any ideas at the repair cost possible parts etc? (don't wanna get ripped off at the shop...)

  • ftlion Jan 08, 2009

    Yah, Okay I get what you're saying, but...

    A) I'm still looking for an answer to the main meat of my question which was how much to fix and what possible parts involved... As the car is not driveable, I cannot afford to tow it around for estimates in order to comparison shop, so I would like to be forearmed when I take it in. The tow driver issue was more of an afterthought and aside from my real concern of can I afford to fix it or should I start looking at the bus routes, and

    B) Duh, THAT IS WHY I STOPPED DRIVING AND CALLED THE TOW TO BEGIN WITH... The driver didn't speak the clearest English and so I'm not sure if he got the entire gist of what I had been telling him. I realize he didn't cause the problem, If you read carefully, I was just asking if any ADDITIONAL damage could have been done that might have been avoided by choosing an alternate method of tow hook up - I do believe there are alternatives to driving over the strut?

  • ftlion Jan 08, 2009

    Dude, I don't mind honesty, I just really need an answer to my question! What I consider inappropriate is dogged assertion of mostly irrelevant information that doesn't answer the question at hand. I noticed that you responded very quickly to the post, which I appreciate, but perhaps you still misunderstand ...Please read the post again! The video is there to illustrate what the DAMAGE is and give a complete picture of the question I posed... it was not posted in response to your solution but as supplemental info to my post so people might see what I am trying to get fixed...


    I thanked you for answering at least part of the question originally, and If you care to try again, I'm game, but please try to read more carefully.

  • ftlion Jan 08, 2009

    Cool. Thanks, that's more what I'm seeking... Supposing we throw in a couple axle boots (given) and cv joint (maybe)? (and maybe a new wheel as one of the lugnuts was dislodged during that last crunch)... I've got a grand minimum to work with max of two, but I'd hoped that I could eke out my registration and insurance as well. What's my range of best to worst case scenario? And what might have caused the steering lock up to begin with? She's a manual tranny @ 140,000 miles with pretty decent upkeep til recently....

  • ftlion Jan 08, 2009

    Also, much as I love this car I guess I should ask how much is too much for a car like this? The engine is pristine, but the body has suffered. At what point might I be better off parting it out or selling it?

  • ftlion Jan 08, 2009

    AHA! If that could be encouraged by someone impacting the drivers side near the wheel well, I suspect that is the culprit. I think the neighbor across the way backed into her side out of his driveway in the dark, but since the body had some previous damage didn't cop to it.

    Thank you, that's encouraging as well as helpful.

    Any chance you could recommend a good auto shop in the Los Angeles area? :)



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No he only did what was necessary to try to get the vehicle to where you needed it to go, if the steering was already locked thats probably why it was locked. but no the tow truck driver did only as requested and did not cause the damage

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  • Ronnie Houston Jan 06, 2009

    if you had tried to move the car any further yourself it would have done it to you and not the driver of the tow it was already on its way to coming off before the tow truck driver did anything. if you had tried to driver any further it would have been you sitting in the car with the wheel off

  • Ronnie Houston Jan 08, 2009

    if you didnt want an honest opinion you should not have sent the vudeo .im sorry you feel honesty is inappropriate

  • Ronnie Houston Jan 08, 2009

    youre going to at least need a new half shaft as well as possibly a new strut.cost to repair is going to probably be a minimum of about 700.00 depending on who you take the car to or if you do it yourself at your cost for the half shaft and strut about 200.00 i wasnt trying to be rude to you i misunderstood your question.i apologize.

  • Ronnie Houston Jan 08, 2009

    you are still looking at under 1000.00 to fix the car unless someone is out to really rip you off.thats with the extra parts. as far as what made it lock up in the first place i cant say for sure unless it was the cv joint on the drivers side that locked up or worked its way loose.its hard to tell from where im sitting to be able to tell you for sure on that but if it was the drive axle on the drivers side that came off id say that was the problem

  • Ronnie Houston Jan 08, 2009

    if you have the money for another car id part this one out or let somoene buy it whole and let them have the worry of the shop around and find another car that i liked for the 1000.00 that you have and find one you will be as happy with as you were this one.spend what you can afford to get another nice car.

  • Ronnie Houston Jan 08, 2009

    im in kansas,,,,i would suggest you call around to a few shops and get the best pricing you possibly can for the repairs..i wish i could help more but i dont know any shops there.



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