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Hard to steer after being sideways and getting stuck in a ditch

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So as it says I ended up in a ditch. After I got out the steering was really tight. I checked the fluid quick and it was not low at all. When I go under the truck to check it out what should I be looking for besides bent parts. I was wondering if while i was side ways that could have done something with the front tire out of alignment maybe. I did not get to check since I drove it home. Any advice for what to look for and maybe to test out things to come up with a solution would be awesome. Thanks.
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Sounds like it could be way out of alignment.

Get it checked out ASAP.
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K thats what I was thinking, I will be able to see that when I look at it from the front I imagine right
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Ball Joint Damage !
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this usually happens after you all but wreck a car..
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It's possible the steerign rack could be damaged too. Plenty of parts to check under there. Best bet is take it to a trusted shop for an inspection.

I ditched my old Shadow years back and I ended up bending the crap out of sway bars and strut towers......pretty nasty for a snow bank. Hope you find the issue and it's not too expensive.
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I heard squealing when doin turns after I went into a ditch in my moms cavalier. That was the biggest thing that told us it was badly outta alignment.
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Just take it in for an alignment check. Goodyear does them for free.
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