How do I tell if a car has frame damage?
I’ve been driving an old, used car on my daily commute for the past few months. It’s working fine, but there’s a little draft coming from one of the doors, and I think it might be a bent frame. What are some good ways for me to tell if a car has frame damage?
- Misalignment: If your frame is bent, your vehicle will pull to the left or right as you try to steer in a straight line. If you’ve had realignment service and the car still pulls, you may have frame damage.
- Strange noises: Creaking, rattling, or squealing can all be signs of a bent frame. If you hear any of these coming from around your vehicle, have your frame checked.
- Panel gaps and ill-fitting parts: Walk around your vehicle and examine the areas where panels meet. Look at the trunk and rear quarter panel or the gaps between the doors. If there is an unusual amount of open space, you may have frame damage.