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Offline chevette 2.4

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bent front cross member
« on: Jun 30, 2009, 17:41:25 »
hey guys anyone stupid like me and bent the cross member while jackin the car i had the jack under the front part of the cross member and he handbrake up and only 3 wheels on the jack so the front of the xmember bent up i don'tknow how much but now the steerin is hittin the atb ( ihave this modified its lowered by 80 mm and the drop  links are shorter about 20 mm

does this mean new xmember or will it come back with a hammer

liam

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Re: bent front cross member
« Reply #1 on: Jun 30, 2009, 19:36:27 »
Anything can be fixed with a big enough hammer  ;) ;D ;D

Offline jo ellis

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Re: bent front cross member
« Reply #2 on: Jun 30, 2009, 21:58:21 »
If you are thinking of straightening it with a hammer you might consider strengthening it, whether its welded or bolt on, it may well have lost some rigidity.

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Re: bent front cross member
« Reply #3 on: Jun 30, 2009, 22:03:14 »
any other methods of straightening it?????????

had considered streghtenin it

Offline jo ellis

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Re: bent front cross member
« Reply #4 on: Jun 30, 2009, 22:14:05 »
Not having tried...is there anyway you can  get a port a power underneath there???? Sorry can't think of anything else other than cutting the bent bit out and replacing it. Not what you want to hear really.

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Re: bent front cross member
« Reply #5 on: Jun 30, 2009, 22:19:09 »
Thatcham service repair manual says :-
Front subframe rails and strength attachments should be replaced rather than repaired to prevent 2nd impact concertina of sub-strenght repair work.
IT means cut out and replace the bent metal, It's structural.

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Re: bent front cross member
« Reply #6 on: Jun 30, 2009, 22:58:51 »
I take it we are talking about the crossmember just below and behind the rad, given the ease of replacing it I would tend to agree with carmad and get a seconhand one bolted on. In saying that I had the local "slow-fit" place do the same thing years ago and I took it off and used a press at work to straighten it and then welded a plate across the bottom and top to double skin and strengthen it. Strangely enough the HSR Rep I've just bought has exactly the same problem ;D but I happen to be lucky in that I have a spare ;D ;D
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Re: bent front cross member
« Reply #7 on: Jul 01, 2009, 00:57:37 »
its the main bit with steerin rack on the front and engine mounts on the top i bent the front of it up

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Re: bent front cross member
« Reply #8 on: Jul 01, 2009, 07:48:17 »
In which case I wouldn't entertain trying to repair it, I don't know where you are but there was an ad on here from "chuksta" who's in Bedford and breaking two Chevettes, he wasn't expensive for the bits I bought off him.
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Re: bent front cross member
« Reply #9 on: Jul 01, 2009, 09:34:18 »
I always imagined the cross member to be stonger than that seeing as it basically supports the front wheels, steering and engine. I jack my car up from there all the time  ???