2000 Ford F150 5.4L
In a recent parking lot incident, I swerved to avoid an elderly gentleman
that backed his car out as I was passing through the lane. In doing so, I
side swiped a concrete embanked parking pillar (think Walmart, because
that's where it happened).
We got out, checked both cars, and I think because I was a bit shook up
from the experience I did not notice that the sideswiping actually did some
When I got home and looked more closely, the driver's front wheel rim was
bent backwards (essentially making the tire bead exposed to the
elements). I swapped out the front wheel for the spare but didn't even think
more about it at that point.
When I was under the car on the starter issue, I noticed that the driver's
side outer tie rod locking nut was spun out several inches from the outer tie
rod. Once back on the ground, I noticed that my front tires were now in a
serious negative camber: / \. I drove the truck to see what else would
show up. When I got back to the house (just drove around the block, the
tires were no longer in this negative camber / \. In fact, they were just
slightly positive camber \ /.
What is the likely culprit. Where can I start looking at shade tree resolvable
issues? The truck is not being driven at this point due to these
considerations, so I'm inclined to get it up on the jack stands and work at it
as I can.
Get an inspection and a front end alignment by a pro. I suspect you bent something in the suspension or in the steering gear.
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