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    Front passenger side rear control arm is completely smashed out of the joint, you can see the bushing. I've attached some photos to demonstrate.

    Firstly, can the car be driven? I'm aware it can't be driven particularly safely but could it be transported say a few miles, or is there a real chance of the wheel buckling? Perhaps a stupid question...

    Secondly, how hard, considering it's already smashed out would it be to replace? Would I need any specialist tools or just spanners/sockets and could I simply whip off the wheel, get a second hand part off eBay and drop it in? Does a replacement need pressing?

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    ouch, what did you hit to do that..
    no, dont drive it. get it recovered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zollaf View Post
    ouch, what did you hit to do that..
    no, dont drive it. get it recovered.
    Partner hit a curb, very very hard. It's trashed the wheel as well (albeit cosmetically) and blew the side airbags. I drove it a short distance and have since had it low loaded home. The question is whether I take it to a garage (i.e. drive it) or do it on my drive?

    With it being smashed out like that, i figured it would be quite easy to replace, but it's only easy if i don't have to press a new one in because i don't have the ball joint press tool etc?
     
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    you may also want to get the alignment of the front subframe checked if it was hit that hard, may well of bent something else. needs a proper inspection first by a qualified person in the air on a ramp.
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    There doesn't appear to be anything visibly, but agreed. I think the rear control arm took most the impact but It'll need looking at. If I can put the new part in then I can at least drive it to get it up in the air and see if anything else is bent.

    The bigger thing is getting that part replaced and whether I can do it with normal tools? I might whip the wheel off, have a look.
     
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    well its only a bolt at the back and a stud should be left in the hub that should knock out although you may need a splitter of some sort to get it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zollaf View Post
    well its only a bolt at the back and a stud should be left in the hub that should knock out although you may need a splitter of some sort to get it out.
    Might have a look this evening then. Not a good day tbh. Not a good day at all.

    Can see this almost writing off the car. The airbag situation is enough to put me off as that's not as easy a job I imagine.

    I'd prefer not to buy any more tools as it's all time I guess. I might get a second hand one ordered off ebay.


    I'm right in thinking this is the same one?
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AUDI-A4-co...gAAOSw32lYn4gr
     
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    yes, the airbags are the biggest thing to put right, new bags, sort the ecu, can be costly. the arm is well cheap in comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zollaf View Post
    yes, the airbags are the biggest thing to put right, new bags, sort the ecu, can be costly. the arm is well cheap in comparison.
    Yup. Nightmare. That and the fact an entire mug of coffee flew around the cabin of the car.

    Am I Right in thinking this is the arm?
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    The rear arm needs that side of the subframe dropped to retrieve the bolt, just three bolts to do that though. Easy enough, breakers for the replacement airbags.


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