: Pics of my dented subframe and a question



repenttokyo
02-24-11, 11:46 AM
As per my other thread, I ran over a big rock because I am an idiot.

I went under the car today and snapped these pics of the subframe. It looks like it is just dented and not bent, although I am sure that is difficult to tell with the naked eye.

The car drives straight. I did some extensive highway testing today and there are no alignment issues. So the question becomes, what do I do? Do I have this repaired? Do I have the car realigned just to be double-safe? Or do I stop obsessing about it?

The only steering issue I have is that it is a bit easier to steer to the right than to the left - and the damage is on the right subframe.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-general/72823d1298565974-pics-my-dented-subframe-question-subframe-1.jpg

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-general/72824d1298565974-pics-my-dented-subframe-question-subframe-2.jpg

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-general/72825d1298565974-pics-my-dented-subframe-question-subframe-3.jpg

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-general/72826d1298565974-pics-my-dented-subframe-question-subframe-4.jpg

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-general/72827d1298565974-pics-my-dented-subframe-question-subframe-5.jpg

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-general/72828d1298565974-pics-my-dented-subframe-question-steering-rack.jpg

Claimslngr
02-24-11, 12:35 PM
Ok I'll do it.

"Shouldn't that come right out with that pops-a-dent thingy from TV?"

Really though, you should be ok. You may want to have it put on an alignment machine to verify your alignment.

Good luck!

rand49er
02-24-11, 01:15 PM
Whoa! That WAS a big-ass rock, indeed!

When you look at one side then the other, is it really obvious? (Not sure just how flat the other side is in comparison ... sorry.)

repenttokyo
02-24-11, 01:21 PM
Here is a pic of the other side (flat side)

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=72831&stc=1&d=1298571693

rjoffe
02-24-11, 01:54 PM
Ouch !

I would agree with the others and as a minimum get an alignment done.

odla
02-24-11, 01:55 PM
WOW! i think it should still be ok.

Andringa
02-24-11, 02:25 PM
I'm having a hard time seeing exactly how bad it is. But if it was my car I would have the alignment checked if there was any noticeable damage. My local dealer only charges $10 or $15 to check the alignment. Of course it would cost more to adjust it if it needs it, but $10 is pretty cheap piece of mind.

JD03Cobra
02-24-11, 02:38 PM
I see a huge problem...Those look like stock headers

repenttokyo
02-24-11, 02:43 PM
I see a huge problem...Those look like stock headers

right you are!

CancerJCC
02-24-11, 02:54 PM
I see a huge problem...Those look like stock headers

...Or even worse....stock manifolds! Oh wait.....


OP Your V is destroyed, totaled! :) Check your alignment and get on with your life.

repenttokyo
02-24-11, 02:56 PM
...Or even worse....stock manifolds! Oh wait.....


OP Your V is destroyed, totaled! :) Check your alignment and get on with your life.

you assume i have a life outside of my car ;)

kevm14
02-24-11, 03:43 PM
I'd be surprised if that affected your alignment. If it's out I'd argue it was out before the rock.

repenttokyo
02-24-11, 03:46 PM
I'd be surprised if that affected your alignment. If it's out I'd argue it was out before the rock.

it really doesn't seem to have affected it at all. I'm going to have a friend put it on his rack to verify that it's within spec.

Chris0nllyn
02-24-11, 04:39 PM
Doubt it screwed your alignment up, Check it for your own piece of mind, but I wouldnt sweat it...My buddy hit a manhole cover in his truck and completely tore is subframe up to the point where he needs an alignment ever few weeks :lol:

Gus_Mahn
02-24-11, 08:39 PM
It doesn't look to bad to me. Why the heck is that car so oily underneath?

repenttokyo
02-24-11, 08:52 PM
It doesn't look to bad to me. Why the heck is that car so oily underneath?

that's an oil undercoating for the winter.

darkman
02-24-11, 09:09 PM
I have often said these cars are equally suited for rock climbing and drag racing.

CancerJCC
02-24-11, 09:39 PM
you assume i have a life outside of my car ;)

Ah touché!