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Alignment issue, 2008 Kia Rio SX. I was in an accident that messed up my alignment. My mechanic told me he could not fix the Caster, nor the SAI, or the Included Angle of the front alignment. I don't know what any of that means. Does it mean that I have permanently damaged my vehicle, or does it mean I need to go to a different mechanic?

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  • silver top May 11, 2010

    hi best advice is to go to body/accident repair shop they will /may check the damage you sustained and whether the actual body structure is affected ie front chassis members ? hence the reason your mech has been unable to re aligne steering ?? then heed their advice ? on whatever their findings ?

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The folks that repaired the car after the accident probably missed aligning the frame that supports the front wheel suspension. If the person that assessed the alignment wrote-up a detailed statement of the problems, then present that to the accident repair people. Between them, they should be able to resolve your problems. The big problem with modern cars is that the strength of the uni-body is only good as long as the light metal used is not deformed or the welding isn't torn apart (as in an accident). Good luck with this!

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It sounds like your vehicle needs to have it's suspension and chassis realigned on a body jig. Any quality body repair shop will be able to help. You may well have some damage to the suspension mounting areas that will need specialized repairs.

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