*EDIT* The picture is of the front passenger side wheel *EDIT*
ok... so this happened to my friends car after a night of dounuts in the snow... im curious how this happened... i see some curb rash on the rim... which is confusing because we didn't hit any curbs.
I'm thinking that maybe some tie rod or something bent... i have a 97 accord and i replaced the cluth, so im hoping (ok, begging...) that the mazda3 has the double wishbone suspension similar to the accord?
Anyone have a similar issue to this? Could it also be a control arm? I replaced the front control arm in my sister sentra (1991) and that was a PAIN! so... any input would be appreciated, I'f like to have this fixed within a day or two...
also... anyone have a link to an online mechanics manual? One with pictures of the suspension, and the pieces?
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well as far as i know the suspension is independant. so i dont know. however you may have moved the spring a little bit... or broke the control arm.. which is bad news for you unless you have warranty... but then you have to explain what exactly happened. course the spring could have been moved and the bolts loosened maybe.. im not sure just guessing. take it into mazda and ask them what they think.
Jaimie: Look at the Ford Taurus wagon. Then look at the Mazda3 wagon. Looks kind of like the same shape.
Virgin1: I'm just liable to bitch-slap you for that one, Jaimie.
damn... i hoped it wouldn't have to go into the mazda stealership... (it's an '07 so it's still under warranty) but my friends parents are dumbasses and will probably take the car because she broke it...
any links to an online mechanics manual... for a do-it-yourself repair?
I would say to pull into some place dry and jack up the front end and then look and compare both side to see what is bent.
And if something is bent and not broken, or even broken from something that was caused by what ever caused the damage to the rim it would not be a warranty item, it would be the regular insurance.
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Whether or not the two of you realized it at the time, you definitely hit something hard w/that front suspension and wheel. Perhaps a concrete "tire stopper" that was buried under the snow?
It's a Macpherson strut front suspension, not and double-wishbone(upper and lower "A" arm) and will require bending and/or replacement of parts to put it right again. A professional w/the right equipment and training will need to do the job, imo.