'90 Honda Civic Ex 5 spd 190K\n\nI slid on a patch of ice the other night and banged into a curb going\nabout 15 mph. It pushed the front left wheel back about 3 inches and\ninwards a little; now it rubs on the splash shield when turning and the\ncar pulls to the side pretty severely. I haven't driven it much since\nthe accident (I know the rubbing can't be good), but did take it to a\nneighborhood bodyshop to get their opinion. The guy said at the very\nleast the lower control arm was bent, but pointed to about 5 other\nparts that "could need replacing too, we just won't know until we take\nit apart." Pretty open-ended sounding to me.\n\nI smell a rat. I don't expect him to know precisely what needs\nreplacing by looking at it for 10 seconds, but the lower $$ amount for\nthe repair was 0 and he was going to be charging me 0 alone for\nthe LCA. He said it could possibly be /many hundreds/ more. I should\nhave asked him if he was behind on his boat payments.\n\nWhat I want to know is, what are the chances that I screwed up more\nthan the upper and lower control arms? How hard is it for the\nsemi-advanced DIYer to change these parts? I've changed head gaskets,\ntiming belts, brake calipers, slave cylinders and master cylinders,\netc, but I've always been a bit afraid of messing with the suspension\nfor some reason. If it's not a total bear of a job, and I can change\nthe control arms (I priced both upper and lower left arms for about\n5 on the internet) it's worth it to me to keep the car. If it's more\nthan ~0, it's car shopping time. I love driving this little car, but\nI really don't want to sink too much money into a beater.