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Every time we turned right in our 2013 elantra, I kept hearing a clicking noise, almost like a cv joint going out. So we took it in to the dealership to look at that as well as our peeling steering wheel. They informed me I have a bent rear cross member (i coulda swore that noise was coming from the front). I'm not sure if a cross member is the right word, because its the structural piece that connects the two rear wheels together, so ill call it an axle. The drivers side rear wheel was bent in both directions; the top was bent out and the front of the wheel was bent in I think. They showed this to me, and it was definitely bent all out of wack. The thing is, neither me nor my wife can recall a time when we hit a significant enough of a pothole/curb in order to do this kind of damage! Either way, it has to be fixed. The repair cost $1600 and so I submitted it to insurance. The dealership guy said it would be covered under the 'act of God' category, but when I submitted a claim, they said they consider it an 'at fault' accident. :confused: . So now i guess I can expect my insurance to go up over a pothole that I don't remember but was probably unavoidable. If they try to raise my rates over pothole damage, maybe I can call and ask if they would rather me swerve and roll the car? then they would be paying for the whole car and I would for sure deserve an 'at fault' claim!

Anybody else have any issues with an apparently light weight back axle getting bent?
 

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Rear beam wouldn't bend on a pothole. My old car has a solid rear beam as well. In an attempt to get some rear camber I had a shop heat the center of the beam with a special gas ( I forget the name) that burns hotter. They then had a 300lbs man with a chain hang and bounce after heating it for over a minute. After doing this over and over for almost a half hour I achieved a total of -1.7 deg. Camber. 0.7 more than we started with.

So I doubt it was a pothole.
 

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Thanks. Yea I question the pothole theory myself, but i really have no idea what else it could be?? Only have 30,000 miles on it. I guess this is one of those deals where it 'is what it is'. I noticed in the last half year there was a little extra road noise than before, but had no idea what it was. I honestly wondered if it was the type of oil i put in the car. We've driven the car all over since that noise started. When the dealership guy went for a test drive with me, he was scared to go over 45mph since he was afraid the whole wheel was going to come off.. Maybe we are lucky that didn't happen while going down the hwy at 75.
 

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Thanks. Yea I question the pothole theory myself, but i really have no idea what else it could be?? Only have 30,000 miles on it. I guess this is one of those deals where it 'is what it is'. I noticed in the last half year there was a little extra road noise than before, but had no idea what it was. I honestly wondered if it was the type of oil i put in the car. We've driven the car all over since that noise started. When the dealership guy went for a test drive with me, he was scared to go over 45mph since he was afraid the whole wheel was going to come off.. Maybe we are lucky that didn't happen while going down the hwy at 75.
It's also a surprise that you didn't have some crazy tire wear.
 

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Can't see a pothole bending that axle. I jack up my Elantra's entire rear end from the center of that axle with no ill effects.

More likely you bumped a curb sideways, or at least that's what the insurance company suspects. And that does, unfortunately, fall under the category of accident damage.

As for the service advisor, he probably suspects the same thing but is too timid to suggest it. Some of these guys are are real wimps who will say anything to avoid conflict, so they just pass the hot potato on to the insurance company.
 

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Can't see a pothole bending that axle. I jack up my Elantra's entire rear end from the center of that axle with no ill effects.

More likely you bumped a curb sideways, or at least that's what the insurance company suspects. And that does, unfortunately, fall under the category of accident damage.

As for the service advisor, he probably suspects the same thing but is too timid to suggest it. Some of these guys are are real wimps who will say anything to avoid conflict, so they just pass the hot potato on to the insurance company.
I'll second this, couldn't be better said.
 
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